Chamber Ensembles

Student experience in small ensembles and chamber music is a vital part of our curriculum. Our music department offers a range of ways to participate in chamber ensembles under the guidance of faculty, with masterclasses from world-renowned performers and frequent performance opportunities. Playing chamber music gives students the opportunity to develop a range of musical and interpersonal skills, allows them to develop their individual artistry, and better prepares them for the professional world of music performance. The chamber music repertoire is vast and varied, providing a myriad of ways in which students can collaborate. Chamber ensembles are open to all interested University students, with the exception of a few which are reserved for music majors only. Contact the ensemble's faculty coordinator for information on participating.

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See also Caine Chamber Ensembles, which require auditions and provide scholarship stipends.

Student playing the Clarinet

Clarinet Ensemble

MUSC 3700 - 1 cr. (Fall & Spring Semesters)

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Joining requires instructor permission

Faculty Coordinator

Thiago Ancelmo

Overview

This college/community chamber ensemble incorporates all members of the clarinet family from E-flat sopranino to Contra Alto clarinet and everything in between to read, rehearse and perform both standard and new works for clarinet quartet and clarinet choir.  Relying primarily on non-traditional concert venues, previous performances have been in schools, adult care facilities, lobby music prior to other events, and even the Logan Transit Center.  Clarinet choir doesn’t wait for the community to come to concerts; we take the concerts to the community!

Student playing the Clarinet

Flute Ensemble

MUSC 3780 - 1 cr. (Fall & Spring Semesters)

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No audition is required

Faculty Coordinator

Jeiran Hasan

Overview

Students play all members of the flute family to gain knowledge about flute ensemble repertoire, rehearsal techniques, and chamber music performance skills.

Student playing the French Horn

Horn Choir

MUSC 3850 - 1 cr. (Fall & Spring Semesters)

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Contact Lauren Hunt for audition information

Faculty Coordinator

Dr. Lauren Hunt

Overview

Helps students gain knowledge and understanding of brass ensemble, gain knowledge of rehearsal techniques for perfecting chamber music, and demonstrate mastery of these skills through performance.

Student playing the Saxophone

Jazz Combos

MUSC 4710 - 1-2 cr. (Fall & Spring Semesters)

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Contact Dr. Gudmundson for audition information

Faculty Coordinator

Jon Gudmundson

Overview

Study and performance of the finest literature for the small jazz ensemble.

Student playing the Snare Drum

Percussion Ensemble

MUSC 3870 - 1 cr. (Fall & Spring Semesters)

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Contact Dr. Nicholson for audition information

Faculty Coordinator

Jason Nicholson

Overview

Provides opportunity for percussionists to perform select percussion literature in a chamber music setting.

Student playing the Violin

String Ensembles

MUSC 4500 - 1 cr. (Fall & Spring Semesters)

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This course is reserved for music majors enrolled in the USU String Program.

Faculty Coordinators

Robert Waters, Rebecca McFaul, Brad Ottesen, Anne Francis-Bayless

Overview

An intensive study of chamber music repertoire, in which students learn to independently rehearse and develop performances, under the mentorship of the members of the Fry Street Quartet.

Student playing the Tuba

Low Brass Choir

MUSC 3800 - 1 cr. (Fall & Spring Semesters)

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Contact Dr. Weaver for audition information

Faculty Coordinator

Lane Weaver

Overview

Intended for music majors and nonmajors interested in performing music specifically written and/or arranged for low brass ensemble.