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 Office of the Reynolds Club and Student Activities. The groups vary in size, choice of repertoire, musical style, and both type and frequency of performances. Several 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.
UC Brass Ensemble • Thomas Kociela, Director
The newly-resurrected University of Chicago Brass Ensemble is jointly sponsored by the Department of Music and ORCSA. Under the direction of Thomas Kociela, this mixed ensemble of horns, trumpets, trombones, baritones, and tuba plans 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.
2012-2013 Concert Dates:
Sunday, December 2 at 4:00 p.m., Fulton Recital Hall
Friday, March 8 at 8:00 p.m., Fulton Recital Hall
Spring quarter date TBA
Thursdays, 7:00-8:30 pm, Fulton Recital Hall
Musical Theatre on Campus
The University hosts several prime opportunities for participating in musical theatre. In conjunction with the Department of Music, the Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company produces an mainstage production every March, for which the University Chamber Orchestra serves as pit orchestra. Students are welcome to audition for principal roles or for chorus positions; the annual G&S auditions are held during the latter part of autumn 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.
Other Musical Organizations on Campus
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; Phat Pitch; and more. Explore the UChicagoArts website for more information.