Major Ensemble Requirements

All music majors are required to participate in at least one major ensemble every semester.  The following ensembles will fulfill the major ensemble requirements for the performance areas listed.

Voice Major – Choir, Chorus, Women’s Chorale

Keyboard/Guitar Major – Choir, Chorus, Women’s Chorale, Pianist as Collaborator, Accompanying Master Class, or Guitar Ensemble

String Major – Orchestra

Wind/Percussion Major – Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Concert Band or Orchestra

Jazz Studies Major – Jazz Workshop or Vocal Jazz Ensemble

Composition Major – any of the ensembles listed above

Auditions for all ensembles take place at the beginning of the fall semester. Please view audition requirements here: /music/current_students/audition/

Unless required by their degree programs first year students are highly discouraged from performing in more than one ensemble during a given semester.



Students performing in School of Music ensembles are expected to wear appropriate attire.  Women in classical ensembles perform in all black, and they should consult their conductors regarding specific apparel.  (For instance, Women’s Chorale has adopted a uniform formal gown for their concert dress.)  Men in all classical ensembles wear tuxedos—black dinner jacket, black bow tie, white shirt, and black pants.  Performers in jazz ensembles wear business attire, suits for men, appropriate equivalent attire for women. 


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