There's just something special about the experience of playing music with a group of people. USC Music offers you so many large and chamber ensemble options that you'll be sure to find a group (or two, or three...) that fits your talents and specific goals. You'll benefit from playing year-round with fantastic musicians that will not only challenge you musically, but in many cases become lifelong friends. Not to mention - it's loads of fun!
There's nothing like the thrill of playing or singing in a large ensemble. At USC Music, there are many options to choose from whatever your preference. Music majors, non-majors and community members alike are welcome to participate in these groups. Check them out!
University 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 Choir and Orchestra (MUPF230)The University Choir and Orchestra is our department's premier ensemble, performing several concerts and tours throughout the school year. Open to all by audition. This ensemble of over 100 members provides an experience like no other - a mass choir performing with a full live orchestra at every gig. Repertoire tends to include modern arrangements of contemporary christian anthems and hymns as well as a few choral standards and spirituals. If you love to perform often and have fun while doing it, this is the ensemble for you. Members will acquire and improve skills which include choral discipline, vocal training, individual vocal development, sight singing and general musicianship. Rehearsals are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:55 pm to 8:35 pm. Uniform purchase required.
University Singers (MUPF235)
This 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. Uniform purchase required.
University Steel Orchestra (MUPF240)The University Steel Orchestra is a 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 ensemble open to all players with an interest in brass chamber music. The group plays a variety of styles ranging from the traditional classical repertoire to more contemporary compositions. Membership through audition.
Woodwind Ensemble (MUPF115)
Small ensembles of woodwind instruments (e.g. bassoon/saxophone/clarinet/flute) performing traditional and contemporary chamber 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.
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 through audition.
University Ringers (MUPF150)Our hand chime ensemble performs regularly throughout the year at on and off-campus events. This is a 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.