The South Asian Music Ensemble explores a variety of classical, vernacular, and popular song repertories from the Indian Subcontinent, with membership open to beginners as well as to more experienced performers with a background in South Asian music. The ensemble focuses on teaching vocal techniques, stylistic features, compositional forms, improvisational practices, and performance conventions specific to India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and other South Asian diasporas. In addition to participating in weekly ensemble rehearsals, members have the option of attending voice coaching sessions and/or engaging the instructor for private lessons. Membership is open to undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and staff of the University, as well as to community members interested in South Asian music.
In lieu of auditions, the South Asian Music Ensemble hosts an Open House each year at the beginning of Autumn Quarter. This year's open house will be a virtual event on Monday, October 4, 7 pm CST. If you are interested in participating in the South Asian Music Ensemble, you must attend the open house. Please RSVP ahead of the event.
Note that all interested musicians who are not directly affiliated with the University of Chicago will be required to submit proof of vaccination against COVID-19 in order to participate in the Performance Program during the 2021-22 season. (Students, faculty, and staff have already been required to submit proof of vaccination status in accordance with University policy.)