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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 Drumming and Dance Ensemble
  • Auraria Chorale (mixed choir)
  • *Chamber Music 
  • *Chorale (mixed choir)
  • Early Music Ensemble
  • Gamelan Ensemble
  • *Guitar Chamber Music
  • *Jazz Chamber Music
  • *Jazz Ensemble
  • Mariachi Ensemble

*NOTE: Requires an audition

Ensemble Directors

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

Chamber Music: Dr. Emily Ondracek-Peterson (
Choral Ensembles
: MB Krueger (
Early Music/Gamelan/Mariachi Ensembles: Dr. Peter Schimpf (
Guitar Ensembles: Alex Komodore (
Jazz Ensemble/Combos: Ron Miles (
Opera: Gene Roberts (
Piano Ensemble: 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. Ensemble auditions are typically held during the first week of classes each semester. For audition information, contact the ensemble director listed below.

For jazz combos, sign-up sheets will be posted on the bulletin board outside the music office (Arts 287) for auditions during the first week of class; combos will be formed after auditions.

MUS 3819 Chamber Music, contact Dr. Emily Ondracek-Peterson
MUS 381A  Chorale (mixed choir), sign up onlineMUS 381F  Wind Ensemble, contact Dr. David Kish 
MUS 381H  Symphony Orchestrasign up online
MUS 381I   Jazz Ensemble, contact Ron Miles
MUS 381K  Guitar Chamber Music, contact Alex Komodore
MUS 381L   Piano Ensemble, contact Dr. Jooeun Pak
MUS 381M  Jazz Chamber Music, contact Ron Miles
MUS 381P  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 Chamber Music* 
  • Jazz: Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Chamber Music (as assigned)
  • Piano: Piano Ensemble, or Major Ensemble (as assigned)
  • Strings: Symphony Orchestra, String Sinfonietta (as assigned)
  • Voice: Chorale, Men’s Choir, Women’s 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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