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USC Music gives you many opportunities to improve your talents as a musician and gain valuable experience by performing with our wide variety of ensembles and groups.
University Chorale (MUPF135)
The University Chorale is our program's large choral group, open to anyone with a love for singing and an interest in improving their vocal abilities. The choir is usually 50 - 100 members strong and will engage in 3 - 5 performances per semester at the department concerts, the University Church and other university events.
Members will acquire and improve skills which include choral discipline, vocal training, individual vocal development, sight singing and general musicianship. No audition required.
University Singers (MUPF235)
The University Singers is our advanced choral group of 20-25 members whose repertoire consists of standard choral works (classical, folksongs, anthems, hymn arrangements, etc.). This ensemble offers extensive development of performance skills in choral training: sight-singing, vocal techniques, aural skills and musicianship. The choir undertakes a minimum of one concert tour per academic year and performs frequently on and of campus. Entry by audition. Additional uniform fees may be required.
Concert Band (MUPF225)
The University Concert Band is a large instrumental ensemble open to all qualified students by audition. The group utilizes woodwind, brass and percussion instruments and performs music from all periods and styles, with an emphasis on significant music for small and large wind band. Uniform purchase required.
University Steel Orchestra (MUPF230)
The University Steel Orchestra is a large steelpan ensemble open to all qualified students by audition. Repertoire is chosen from all musical periods with an emphasis on Caribbean musical forms written for steel orchestra. Studies will also include sight-reading, rehearsal and performance techniques, discipline, and general musicianship. Additional uniform fees may be required.
USC Music offers our musicians the opportunuty to participate in a wide variety of chamber ensembles that not only provide them with valuable performing experience, but also the opportunity to improve their musicianship in ways that only participating in a small ensemble can give. Our chamber ensembles include:
Brass Ensemble (MUPF110)
Small ensembles open to all players with an interest in brass chamber music. Groups play a variety of styles ranging from the traditional classical repertoire to more contemporary compositions. Membership through audition.
Woodwind Ensemble (MUPF115)
Small ensemble of wind instruments (e.g. bassoon/saxophone/clarinet/flute) performing traditional and contemporary wind band repertoire. Players will develop important musical skills, like sight-reading, listening, and the discipline required in ensemble playing. Membership is open to any student who qualifies through audition.
String Ensemble (MUPF130)
An ensemble of string players performing classical to 20th century literature. Players will develop important musical skills, like sight-reading, listening, and the discipline required in ensemble playing. Membership through audition.
Steel Ensemble (MUPF140)
Small ensemble that plays a variety of styles ranging from traditional classical repertoire to contemporary and modern compositions. Open to the general school public. Membership through audition.
Saxophone Ensemble (MUPF145)
Small saxophone ensemble that performs traditional and contemporary repertoire. Players will develop important musical skills, like sight-reading, listening, and the discipline required in ensemble playing. Membership is open to any student upon instructor recommendation.
University Ringers (MUPF150)
Small ensemble for the study and performance of Handbell/Choir Chime literature. Players will develop Handbell/Chime ringing techniques as well as important musical skills, like sight-reading, listening, and the discipline required in ensemble playing. Membership is open to any student upon instructor recommendation. Additional uniform fees may be required.
Small Group (MUPF155)
Small vocal ensemble for the study and performance of varied contemporary repertoire. Groups will perform regularly as part of the department’s outreach activities and skills such as sight-reading, harmonization and listening will be developed. Membership is open to any student via audition. Additional uniform fees may be required.
Contact us today at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up for one of our ensembles or to schedule an audition.