Butler School of Music
Hispanic Caribbean Ensemble

The University of Texas Caribbean Ensemble is a group comprised of students, most enrolled in degree programs within the School of Music. A few have ties to the Caribbean or Latin America, but many have little firsthand knowledge of the languages and cultural forms associated with its many regions. All, however, have expressed a desire to learn more about Caribbean music and culture. Members meet once a week for general rehearsals, and one or more additional times per week in smaller groups to practice vocals, guitar, percussion, and rhythm section playing. The Ensemble specializes in music of the Spanish-speaking Caribbean (from Cuba, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic) and circum-Caribbean (coastal Venezuela, Colombia, and Central America). It encourages participation by the general student body. The Caribbean Ensemble usually meets on Wednesday evenings in MRH 2.614

and the Dominican Republic, for the most part, with occasional songs taken from coastal Colombia, Venezuela, Haiti, or elsewhere. The primary subdivisions of the repertory are:

acoustic music involving percussion, guitar, singers, bass, and perhaps solo instruments, electrified dance music (salsa, merengue, chachachá,) involving percussion, horns/violins, singers, piano, and bass.

Rehearsal time will be divided. The first hour and a half (6-7:30PM) will be devoted to dance repertory, and the second (7:30-9PM) to acoustic music involving string instruments, voices, and hand percussion. Additionally, we will schedule shorter sectional rehearsals for the following groups as necessary: rhythm section, percussion, guitarists, singers.

How to join

When: Wednesday nights 6-9pm

Where: MRH 6.252

How to register: open enrollment. ENS 107S, unique number 25865

Play what: Latin percussion, horns, keyboard, bass, guitar, vocals

Announced when: N/A

For more information, please contact Dr. Robin Moore


Robin Moore robin.moore@utexas.edu Professor of Ethnomusicology