The Castleton Music Department offers numerous opportunities for students to grow, learn, and network outside of the classroom. Some of these include:
Regional Tours: Each spring the Music Department takes a regional recruiting tour to high schools, middle schools, churches, and other venues.
International Tours: Every four years the department tours internationally. Most recently The University Chorale traveled to Havana Cuba to collaborate with Coro Vocal Leo. The Chorale had the distinction of being one of the first university groups from the United States to perform in Cuba in over 50 years. Previous international tours included performances in Rome, Florence, and Venice Italy.
The University Chorale and Chamber Singers regularly perform with other Vermont college choirs and professional instrumentalists as part of the Vermont Collegiate Choral Consortium. Recent collaborations include Jose Vitier's Misa Cubana, Faure's Requiem, Mozart's Vesperae Solennes de Confessor, and the Bernstein Chichester Psalms. The choirs have worked with directors such as Robert de Cormier, Dr. Tony Leach, Francois Clemmons, and Dr. Tony Thornton from UMASS Amherst.
The Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Combos and Wind Ensemble have collaborated with such professional ensembles as the Fortieth Army Band.
The Jazz Combos regularly perform locally. Music majors and other students often form bands and other small ensembles to gig at local restaurants and the ski areas such as Killington, Pico and Okemo Mountains. Groups such as Tim Haufe, Moose Crossing, and Twiddle all got their start on the Castleton campus!
Students organize on-campus activities and travel to regional and national conferences to hear outstanding ensembles from around the world. They attend professional workshops and presentations and network with peers as well as professional educators.
Recent conference trip locations include: Baltimore, MD; Boston, MA; Chicago, IL; Dallas, TX; Nashville, TN; Providence, RI; Philadelphia, PA.