The Department of Music's twelve faculty-directed ensembles are regularly scheduled 1-credit classes, open by audition to all students on the River Campus.
Those interested in participating in small chamber-music groups can meet with the Director of Orchestral Activities and register for the 1-credit course MUR 155 Chamber Ensembles. A description of each ensemble can be found in our music ensemble descriptions PDF.
There are student-directed groups abound on campus, as well. Several a cappella groups are informally supported by the music department, although participation in them does not earn collegiate credit. There are many more vocal and instrumental groups operating independently, some having been in existence for several years, others forming rather spontaneously from a number of students with a common interest.
- Symphony Orchestra
- Chamber Orchestra
- Wind Symphony
- Jazz Ensemble
- Brass Choir
- Percussion Ensemble
- Rock Repertory
- West African Drumming Ensemble
Auditions are held in the fall of each year. Unless otherwise indicated (*) click on the links below to select and register for a specific audition time.
- Aug. 28, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Aug. 29, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., in Strong Auditorium
- Aug. 25 (Saturday), 26 (Sunday) and 28 (Tuesday), 12 – 6 p.m., in Dewey 1-337
- Aug. 28, 9 - 11 a.m.; Aug. 29, 30 and 31, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.; Sept. 4, 2:30 - 3:30 p.m., in O'Brien Hall
- Aug. 26 (Sunday), 4 – 6 p.m. and Aug. 27, 4 – 6 p.m., in Dewey 1-305
- *Jazz Combos: TBA; check the bulletin board in Dewey Hall
- *West African Drumming Ensemble: Contact Kerfala Bangoura at email@example.com
- *Percussion Ensemble: TBA; contact Brant Blackard at firstname.lastname@example.org
- *Rock Repertory Ensemble: TBA; contact Dr. John Covach at email@example.com
- *Gospel Choir: Simply show up at the first rehearsal in Lattimore 201 on September 4 at 5 p.m.