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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

*NOTE: Requires an audition

Ensemble Directors

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

African Drumming/Gamelan Ensembles: Dr. Elizabeth Macy (emacy@msudenver.edu)
Chamber Music:
Dr. Emily Ondracek-Peterson (eondrace@msudenver.edu)
Choral Ensembles
: MB Krueger (kruegema@msudenver.edu)
Early Music/Mariachi Ensembles: Dr. Peter Schimpf (pschimpf@msudenver.edu)
Guitar Ensembles: Alex Komodore (komodore@msudenver.edu)
Jazz Ensemble/Combos: Dave Devine (devined@msudenver.edu)
Opera: Gene Roberts (robergen@msudenver.edu)
Collaborative Piano: Dr. Jooeun Pak (jpak14@msudenver.edu)
Pep Band: Dr. Michael Hengst (mhengst@msudenver.edu)
Sound Painting: Mark Harris (harrimar@msudenver.edu)
Symphony Orchestra/Sinfonietta Ensembles: Dr. Brandon Matthews (bmatthe8@msudenver.edu)
Wind Ensemble/ Symphonic Band: Dr. David Kish (dkish@msudenver.edu)

 

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 3820  Chorale (mixed choir), sign up onlineMUS 381F  Wind Ensemble, contact Dr. David Kish 
MUS 3827  Symphony Orchestrasign up online
MUS 3828   Jazz Ensemble, contact Ron Miles
MUS 3830  Guitar Ensemble, contact Alex Komodore
MUS 3832   Collaborative Ensemble, contact Dr. Jooeun Pak
MUS 3829  Jazz Combo, contact Dave Devine
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, 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.