The Performance Program also includes the following other ensembles and musical opportunties:
- UC Percussion Ensemble
- UC Brass Ensemble
- Hyde Park Youth Symphony
- A Capella Ensembles on Campus
- Musical Theatre on Campus
- Other Musical Organizations on Campus
The UC Percussion Ensemble is a student-generated ensemble supported by the Department of Music Performance Program. Encompassing percussionists who regularly play with the University Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, and Jazz X-tet as well as other experienced musicians, UC Fulcrum Percussion rehearses and performs a variety of formal and informal concerts throughout the year, featuring solo, small ensemble, and mixed percussion repertoire. Coaching is provided by the adjunct teachers from the Department of Music Performance Program.
The University of Chicago Brass Ensemble is jointly sponsored by the Department of Music and the Campus and Student Life Center for Leadership and Involvement. This mixed ensemble of horns, trumpets, trombones, baritones, and tuba presents a varied season of formal and informal concerts on campus. Repertoire includes works for large brass ensemble as well as trios, quartets, and quintets for various instrumental combinations, encompassing a wide range of musical styles. The UC Brass Ensemble regularly collaborates with the high school brass ensemble from the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools.
As part of an exciting new partnership with the Department of Music Performance Program and the Logan Center for the Arts, the Hyde Park Youth Symphony began an on-campus residency with the 2015-2016 concert season. HPYS Music Director Matthew Sheppard, who also serves as Music Director of the University Chamber Orchestra, leads the organization and conducts the Senior Orchestra. With weekly rehearsals as well as performances at the Logan Center for the Arts, the HPYS presents three main concerts per year, as well as a number of Family Saturday programs.
Opportunities exist for accomplished University of Chicago orchestral players to serve as mentors and coaches for the Hyde Park Youth Symphony: for more information, contact Barbara Schubert, Director of Performance Programs at the Department of Music.
For more information visit thehpys.org.
Opportunities to join a campus a cappella ensemble are many and varied. The a cappella ensembles are student-generated and student-led, and are sponsored by the Campus and Student Life Center for Leadership and Involvement. The groups vary in size, choice of repertoire, in musical style, as well as in both type and frequency of performances. Several UChicago a cappella groups have produced CDs and garnered awards at competitions and festivals throughout the country.
For more information on campus a cappella ensembles, explore the UChicagoArts website.
The University hosts several prime opportunities for participating in musical theatre. In conjunction with the Department of Music, the Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company produces a mainstage production every March, for which the University Chamber Orchestra serves as pit orchestra. Students are encouraged to audition for principal roles and for chorus positions. Auditions for the March 2019 production of German & Hood's Merrie England are scheduled for October 2018. Rehearsals begin in late January and continue through the remainder of Winter Quarter.
Other musical theatre productions are sponsored by Theater and Performance Studies/University Theater and often feature both student directorship and student participation as actors and as pit musicians. Some of these musical theatre productions – such as the 2008 presentation of Urinetown – include collaborations with and direction by Chicago-area professionals.
In addition to the a cappella ensembles, the campus musical scene encompasses such student-led musical groups as Golosa, The University of Chicago Russian Choir; the University of Chicago Pep Band; Kojo Daiko, a Japanese Drumming Ensemble; and more. Many of these musical groups are sponsored by the Campus and Student Life Center for Leadership and Involvement. Explore the UChicagoArts website for more information.