The Department’s comprehensive, co-curricular performance program involves students from all backgrounds and academic concentrations, and strives to nurture in each of them a life-long appreciation and involvement in the musical arts. The Department’s fourteen performance ensembles and programs cover a wide range of historical periods and cultural perspectives, and offer students exceptional opportunities to develop their musical skills and expand their artistic horizons. An array of master classes, workshops, artists-in-residence programs, and private lesson opportunities further enhance the students’ musical experience at UChicago. Supplemented by the vibrant listening environment on campus and in the city of Chicago, the University’s performance program serves the campus and community with distinction.
Over 700 talented musicians participate in the Department’s performance ensembles and programs, which collectively present more than 100 concerts each season. Each ensemble is led by a highly skilled specialist, committed to helping students develop their individual potential as well as their collaborative skills. The ensembles each explore a wide range of repertoire, from masterworks of the literature to little-known treasures, and together cover a broad range of historical periods and cultural perspectives.
The growing performance program at Chicago encompasses the following ensembles and programs:
- Early Music Ensemble
- Jazz X-tet and Jazz Combo
- Middle East Music Ensemble
- New Music Ensemble
- South Asian Vocal Ensemble