More Ensembles and Opportunities

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The Performance Program also includes the following other ensembles and musical opportunties:

Co-sponsored Ensembles:

Other opportunities on campus:


Co-Sponsored Ensembles:

Chicago World Music Chorus • Mollie Stone, Music Director

For the 2018-19 season, the Department of Music enters into a new partnership with the Chicago World Music Chorus.  Under the joint direction of Mollie Stone (Director of the University of Chicago Chorus and Women’s Ensemble) and Patty Cuyler, this innovation, non-auditioned world music choir is open to members of the University community as well as to all interested Chicago-area singers.  The CWMC performs authentic choral music from across the globe, embracing many of the world’s most powerful harmony singing traditions, including those from South Africa, the Republic of Georgia, Corsica, Bulgaria, Scandinavia, Latin America, the United States, Western Europe, and more.  The ensemble rehearses once a month on the University of Chicago campus, and presents an informal concert at the end of the season.  For more information:  http://www.chicagoworldmusic.org/

Hyde Park Youth Symphony • Matthew Sheppard, Music Director

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.


Other Campus Opportunities:

A Cappella Ensembles on Campus

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


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 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.


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; 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.