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Music Ensembles

Ensembles are open to all University of Calgary students. Simply register in the ensemble(s) of your choice and then take a placement audition in September. Should you end up in another ensemble, changes to your registration are easily accomplished during the fall add/drop period. Auditions are primarily to identify your strengths and determine where you would fit best in the ensemble. Sign-up sheets and further information on the auditions are posted on the bulletin boards outside of CH D100. Please contact the directors for specific repertoire questions.

Important Notes: 

The 200-level MUPF courses are NOT prerequisites for the 300-level MUPF courses:
Students who have not yet completed 18 units at the 200-level in their degree program should register in the 200-level courses (usually first-year students). 
Students who have completed 18 units at the 200-level in their degree program should register in the 300-level courses (usually second-year students and higher). 

MUPF courses at the 300-level may be repeated for credit. 

Please remember to register in both part A (fall) and part B (winter) before the fall registration deadlines pass or you will not receive credit.

Chamber Choir (MUPF 201/301)

2017-2018 Director: Jean-Louis Bleau

Audition Information for 2017

Composed of a select group of male and female singers, the Chamber Choir is dedicated to the study and performance of a broad range repertoire composed for mixed voices (SATB). The choir is active throughout Alberta and in 1988 and 1996 were finalists in CBC Choral Competition. Past tours have included the Eastern USA in 1990, Western Canada in 1994, and Europe in 1996.

University Chorus (MUPF 205/305)

2017-2018 Director: Kathryn Parrotta

Audition Information for 2017

University Chorus is our largest choir and provides an opportunity for all university students to be involved in a choral experience. Membership is maintained at approximately 85 with a very good balance of voice parts. Repertoire consists of classic major works as well as Canadian, folk, and contemporary pieces.

Symphonic Band (MUPF 211/311)

2017-2018 Director:  Gareth Jones

Audition Information for 2017

Membership in the Symphonic Band allows students to grow as musicians through the preparation of high quality wind band music. It averages 60-80 members and has a very active performing schedule. Tours and recordings are occasionally part of the season's activities.

Wind Ensemble (MUPF 213/313)

2017-2018 Director:  Gareth Jones

Audition Information for 2017

The U of C Wind Ensemble has earned the reputation as one of the finest University groups of its kind in Canada and one of the principal international leaders in the field. Most notably, the UCWE has performed at the CBDNA National Conference and at the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles (WASBE) Conference. Their commercial CDs on three recording labels have established their reputation for musical sensitivity, technical polish and innovative programming.

University of Calgary Orchestra (MUPF 215/315)

2017-2018 Director:  Edmond Agopian

Audition Information for 2017- (Strings)
Audition Information for 2017- (Non-strings)

The University of Calgary Orchestra has been broadcast on CBC Radio's Our Music and on its national programs In Performance and Take Five. The orchestra has appeared in the Millennium Music Foundation Concert Series and at the Third Esther Honens Calgary International Piano Competition and Festival.

Collegium Musicum (MUPF 221/321)

2017-2018 Director:  Julie Harris

Audition Information for 2017

Recognizing the impact of historically-informed performance (HIP) ideas on music performance, members of Collegium Musicum explore and perform music written before 1750. Early vocal music, vocal technique and performance practice are a particular focus. Instrumentalists are encouraged to audition as well.

University of Calgary Jazz Orchestra (MUPF 225/325)

2017-2018 Director:  Jeremy Brown

Audition Information for 2017

The University of Calgary Jazz Orchestra has in recent years performed with well-known international jazz artists as part of the UCalgary Monday Night Jazz Series. These artists include, Maria Schneider, Michael Blake, Jeff Jarvis, Charles Pillow, Jodi Proznik, Bob Sheppherd, Brad Turner and PJ Perry. In 2013, the UCJO and the Chamber Jazz Ensemble performed at the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival where both groups were awarded Outstanding Ensemble Awards and several Outstanding Soloist awards. In 2014, the UCJO and Chamber Jazz Ensemble performed at the Elmhurst Jazz Festival (Chicago Illinois USA) and won ten Outstanding Soloist awards. The UCJO also performs a Fall and Winter concert each year as well as numerous local performances. The UCJO is dedicated to the performance of swing oriented jazz music and has in recent years focused on the music of Duke Ellington, Maria Schneider, Benny Carter, Count Basie and Radiohead. Among other concerts and activities, in 2016 we will be working with and performing music with Ryan Truesdell (the Gil Evans Project) and Alan Baylock, and also performing at the 2016 Alberta Music Conference. 

New Music Ensemble (MUPF 227/327)

This ensemble will not be offered in 2017-2018

The New Music Ensemble explores solo and ensemble performance of 20th and 21st century music, including instrumental chamber music, instrumental performance in combination with electronic processing, new instrumental and vocal resources and practices, and electronic/laptop performance. As well, collaborative group improvisation is a main focus of the ensemble, allowing students to explore their own musical ideas while developing new performance techniques.

World Music Ensemble (MUPF 229/329)

2017-2018 Director:  Rod Squance

Audition Information for 2017

The World Music Ensemble is made up of a combination of instruments from different cultures throughout the world, including Western and non-Western instruments. Students have the opportunity to explore and perform the music of different cultures and learn new instruments from different cultures, developing new music and reworking traditional music through a student-driven creative process. The classical music, folk music and popular music of various cultural traditions are explored. Students will have the opportunity, if desired, to compose for the group. The individual musical heritages of each student are drawn upon, resulting in new musical expressions that will demonstrate the potential of intercultural understanding and communication.

Chamber Music (MUPF 241/341)

Coordinator: Edmond Agopian 

Audition Information for 2017

The Chamber Music Program at the University of Calgary offers a rich and varied experience for qualified performers regardless of instrument. Graduate and undergraduate performers collaborate to perform on-campus and in the community. There are several chamber ensembles that are off-shoots of this program including percussion, guitar, and brass choir.

Voice Lab (MUPF 245/345/645)

Eros 2016-17

Director: Laura Hynes

Audition Information for 2017

Performance projects involving vocal music (opera, art song, music theatre, baroque, new music), and an exploration of inter-arts and interdisciplinary connections through performance creation.