CMU School of Music ensembles perform regularly both on and off campus, they also tour nationally and internationally. Music students perform with Michigan based orchestras, and have appeared at Carnegie Hall, the Detroit/Montreux Jazz Festival, and the Notre Dame Jazz Festival. International tours have included Ireland, France, Italy, the Czech Republic, China, and South America.

School of Music ensembles are open to music majors and non-majors by audition. For future information call (989) 774-3281.

List of Ensembles:


CMU bands promote and show case our talented students and faculty, they are open to music majors and non majors.

Chamber Ensembles

Chamber ensembles include Central Foundation, Clarinet Choir, Flute Choir Horn Choir, Saxophone Choir, Trombone Choir, and Trumpet Ensemble.

Choral/Vocal Ensembles

Vocal ensembles include Women’s Chorus, Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, Men’s Barbershop, Festival Chorus

CMU Symphony Orchestra

The CMU Orchestra is a very active student based orchestral ensemble. Fellowship awards are available for eligible students.

Faculty Ensembles

Faculty ensembles include CMU Faculty Jazz Ensemble, Powers Woodwind Quintet, Eclectic Trio, and Crescent Duo

Jazz Ensem​bles

Jazz ensembles include Jazz Central, Jazz Lab 1, and combos

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Marching Band​

The Marching Band brings Chippewa Spirit to every game to make each season exciting and vibrant.


Students taking part in opera have the opportunity to work with the School of Theatre and present an Opera Gala during fall semester and a full-length opera during spring semester.

Percussion Ensemble

The CMU Percussion Ensemble performs annually at various Jazz Festivals and got nationally broadcasted on CBS.