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Ensembles at MSU Denver

Music at MSU Denver offers a wide variety of ensembles designed to provide diverse performing experiences for talented students from all areas of the college, regardless of their major. The level of playing/performing difficulty varies, as do the audition requirements, but you're very likely to find a good fit for your interests and talents.

African Drum and Dance Ensemble
Auraria Choir (mixed choir)
*Chamber Music
*Chorale (mixed choir)
*Collaborative Piano
Early Music Ensemble
Gamelan Ensemble
*Guitar Ensemble
*Jazz Combo
*Jazz Ensemble
Mariachi Ensemble
*Pep Band
Percussion Chamber Ensemble
String Sinfonietta
Symphonic Band
*Symphony Orchestra 
*University Basso Choir 
*University Treble Choir 
*Wind Ensemble

*NOTE: Requires an audition (see below)

Ensemble Directors

For more information about participating in an ensemble, please contact the appropriate ensemble coordinator:

African Drumming/Gamelan Ensembles: Dr. Elizabeth Macy,
Chamber Music:
Dr. Emily Ondracek-Peterson,
Choral Ensembles
: MB Krueger,
Early Music/Mariachi Ensembles: Dr. Peter Schimpf,
Guitar Ensembles: Alex Komodore,
Jazz Ensemble/Combos: Dawn Clement,
Opera: Gene Roberts,
Collaborative Piano: Dr. Jooeun Pak,
Pep Band: Dr. Michael Hengst,
Sound Painting: Mark Harris,
Symphony Orchestra/Sinfonietta Ensembles: Dr. Brandon Matthews,
Wind Ensemble/ Symphonic Band: Dr. David Kish,


Ensemble Auditions

The ensembles listed below require a successful audition for participation. For audition information, contact the ensemble director listed below.

MUS 3819 Chamber Music, contact Dr. Emily Ondracek-Peterson
MUS 3820  Chorale (mixed choir), sign up online 
MUS 381F  Wind Ensemble, contact Dr. David Kish 
MUS 3827  Symphony Orchestra, submit audition video online
MUS 3828   Jazz Ensemble, contact Dawn Clement
MUS 3830  Guitar Ensemble, contact Alex Komodore
MUS 3832   Collaborative Ensemble, contact Dr. Jooeun Pak
MUS 3829  Jazz Combo, contact Dawn Clement
MUS 3833  Opera, contact Gene Roberts
Non-credit  Pep Band (paid, basketball season), contact Dr. Michael Hengst


Ensemble Requirements for Music Majors

Music majors or minors must participate in the major ensemble for their performance area during each semester of private instruction. In addition all Bachelor of Music (Performance and Composition) and Bachelor of Music Education must participate in the major ensemble for their area during each semester of full-time enrollment (12 or more credit hours). Students may register for any additional ensemble in which they are interested.

Major Ensembles

  • Guitar: Guitar Ensemble* 
  • Jazz: Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Combo (as assigned)
  • Piano: Collaborative Piano, or Major Ensemble (as assigned)
  • Strings: Symphony Orchestra, String Sinfonietta (as assigned)
  • Voice: Chorale, University Basso Choir, University Treble Choir (as assigned)
  • Woodwind/Brass/Percussion: Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble

*NOTE: Bachelor of Music Education (BME) students with piano or guitar emphasis must enroll in at least eight hours of choral ensembles.

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