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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
*Chorale (mixed choir)
Percussion Chamber Ensemble
University Basso Choir
University Treble Choir
*NOTE: Requires an audition (see below)
Our ensembles are open to all MSU Denver students, whether you are a music major or not!Our choirs, symphonic band, and global music ensembles do not require an audition!
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. Michael Hengst
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
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.
*NOTE: Bachelor of Music Education (BME) students with piano or guitar emphasis must enroll in at least eight hours of choral ensembles.
For more information about participating in an ensemble, please contact the appropriate ensemble coordinator:
African Drumming/Gamelan Ensembles: Elizabeth Macy, [email protected]
Chamber Music: Michael Hengst, [email protected]
Choral Ensembles: MB Krueger, [email protected]
Early Music/Mariachi Ensembles: Peter Schimpf, [email protected]
Guitar Ensembles: Alex Komodore, [email protected]
Jazz Ensemble/Combos: Dawn Clement, [email protected]
Opera: Gene Roberts, [email protected]
Collaborative Piano: Jooeun Pak, [email protected]
Pep Band: Michael Hengst, [email protected]
Sound Painting: Mark Harris, [email protected]
Symphony Orchestra: Brandon Matthews, [email protected]
Wind Ensemble/ Symphonic Band: David Kish, [email protected]