The University of Chicago Department of Music is proud to work with world-class ensembles, including the Pacifica Quartet, eighth blackbird, the Newberry Consort, and the Spektral Quartet. Its new music collective Contempo (formerly the Contemporary Chamber Players) attracts internationally esteemed composers for commissioned works and special performances.

The New Budapest Orpheum Society is an ensemble-in-residence in the Division of the Humanities at the University of Chicago, which draws upon a wide range of repertories, many forgotten, others preserved in European archives, all poignantly bearing witness to the great tradition of Jewish cabaret.