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Musicians in the Rend Lake College district are being encouraged to come toot their own horns and sing their hearts out as part of two music ensemble elective classes for the fall 2017 semester.

The RLC Concert and Jazz Band (MUSI 1161) and the RLC Concert Choir (MUSI 1159) are both seeing talented musicians who are interested in earning one, tuition-free credit hour to help them move closer to completing a degree or who just wish to utilize the opportunity to play some sweet music.

Sara Alstat, RLC Music Associate Professor, says that accommodations may be made in advance to add either course to a current class schedule if students have already registered for the fall. She asked that anyone with a scheduling conflict contact her to see if adjustments can be made.

Concert Choir, under the direction of Alstat, is a vocal ensemble that performs in concerts and at college functions throughout the semester. The course is designed to provide a performing outlet for talented musicians. The choir rehearses from 12 – 12:50 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays in the Learning Resource Center (LRC).

The Concert Band (MUSI 1161) offers experienced band musicians more venues to perform and includes at least one concert per semester. The band rehearses from 11 – 11:50 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays in the LRC.

Both courses are available to any student or community member. If you don’t have an instrument for the band – don’t worry – RLC has a number of instruments for students to use.

Participants must be 16 years of age or older, and one credit hour can be earned for each ensemble. For more information about the Concert Band or Concert Choir, contact Alstat at or 618-201-2044.