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Concerts & Ensembles

Music Ensembles


The Arthur Satz Department of Music's thirteen faculty-directed ensembles are regularly scheduled 1-credit classes, open by audition [see below] to all students on the River Campus.

Those interested in participating in small chamber-music groups may take the 1-credit course, MUR 155 Chamber Ensembles. An audition is required, as well as permission from the Director of Orchestral Activities.

A description of each ensemble can be found in our music ensemble descriptions PDF.

In lieu of our traditional Concerto Competition, this year the University of Rochester Orchestras will be launching an exciting new program – our {Virtual} Masterclass Series.

  blarp!Selected students will participate in livestreamed coachings with performing musicians from around the country. These masterclasses will take place on select Saturday mornings through the fall and spring semesters. Each 1.5-2 hour masterclass will be Livestreamed and opened to anyone to view.  For more information and to apply, please click here.

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.




Please note that, due to COVID-19 restrictions, most, if not all auditions will be held online.

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.

Fall 2020