Ensembles

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Not a music major?  No problem!

Instrumental

If you play a wind or percussion instrument, you may be interested in All-University Band (undergraduate MUSC 392C, graduate MUSC 692C).  It meets every Tuesday from 6:00-8:00 p.m. in room 155 of the Music Building.  There is no audition, so if you are interested, just enroll and show up!

If you play violin, viola, 'cello, or contrabass, you are invited to participate in Campus String Orchestra (undergraduate MUSC 397B, graduate MUSC 697B), the for-credit music course designation for the Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra, which rehearses Monday evenings in room 155 of the Music Building.  No audition is required.

Philharmonic, Wind Ensemble, and  Wind Symphony require an audition, which takes place the weekend before classes begin and during the first few days of classes.  Sign-up sheets for auditions are located near room 156 of the Music Building.  The required audition music can be found HERE and is usually posted in July.  If your instrument is not listed, keep checking back.  It will be added, eventually.

All jazz ensembles require an audition.  Sign-up sheets for auditions are located near room 156 of the Music Building. You should be prepared to play one jazz standard and one blues (improvise on both).  There will also be some sight-reading.  We audition for jazz combos at this time, too.  You should check the Jazz Board located near room 161 for more information.

And, be sure to check out the Huskie Marching Band!


Vocal

The University Chorus meets on Monday and Wednesday from 3:00-4:00 p.m. in room 171 of the Music Building.  There is no audition, so if you are interested, just register and show up! 

Concert Choir and Chamber Choir require an audition, which takes place during the first few days of classes.  Sign up for an audition time on the bulletin board next to Professor Johnson's office (room 234).  The required audition music can be found HERE and is usually posted in July. 

Opera Workshop requires an audition.  Check the bulletin boards near room 171 shortly before the term begins for information.

You will receive one hour of credit for each ensemble in which you participate.


Community School of the Arts

Non-music majors may also participate in the NIU Community School of the Arts, which offers music lessons and ensembles for people in the community.  The teachers are community musicians, as well as School of Music graduate and undergraduate students and faculty.  These activities do not carry any credit hours.  For more information, see www.niu.edu/extprograms.