Participation in School of Music ensembles is not limited to just music majors and minors! Listed below are several ensemble experiences offered to all students regardless of their major. Still have questions about which ensemble is the right fit for you? Give us a call at 989-774-3281 or stop by the Music Building, located on the east side of campus near the Park Library to chat with us! 

Performing Ensembles

Bands

For questions please contact Dr. James Batcheller: batch1jc@cmich.edu

University Band: MUS 186U
W 6:30-7:45
Open to all students with previous experience, no audition required.

Marching Band: MUS 186M
M-F 4:00-5:20
Auditions take place during summer orientation. Visit our Marching Band audition page for more information.


Orchestras

For questions please contact Dr. José-Luis Maúrtua: maurt1j@cmich.edu

(Concert) Orchestra: MUS 185
W 6:30-7:45
Open to all students with previous experience.

For Concert Orchestra placement, students only need to prepare a solo. If interested, please contact Dr. José-Luis Maúrtua at maurt1j@cmich.edu.

Symphony Orchestra: Woodwinds, Brass, & Percussion: MUS 185A
T/TH 2:00-3:50
Symphony Orchestra: Strings: MUS 185B
T/TH 2:00-3:50 & W 3:30-4:20
Open by audition to all students.


Choirs

For questions please contact Dr. Charles Amon Eady: eady1ca@cmich.edu

Festival Chorus: MUS 180
M 7:00-8:50
Open to all students and community members, no audition required.

Concert Choir: Alto/Soprano: MUS 183A
T/TH & F 2:00-2:50
Concert Choir: Tenor/Bass: MUS 183B
MWF 2:00-2:50
Open by audition to all students. 

Chamber Singers: MUS 282A
MW 3:00-3:50 & T/TH 4:00-4:50
Open by audition to all students. 


Other Performing Ensembles

Jazz Ensembles

Directed by Robbie Smith: smith2rm@cmich.edu
Participation in the jazz ensembles is limited and competitive
.

Percussion Ensemble

Please contact Andrew Spencer: spenc1a@cmich.edu
Enrollment in this ensemble is by permission of the instructor only.


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Classes with a Musical Perspective

MUS 110: Music In Society (online)
An intercultural and interdisciplinary exploration of the elements of music. This course may be offered in an online or hybrid format. (Not open to music majors.)
Fulfills University Program Group I-B: The Arts

MUS 114: Listening Experience
Objectives are to experience a variety of musical events, to develop musical awareness, to sharpen perception, and increase musical discrimination. Not open to music majors. May be offered as Writing Intensive.
Fulfills University Program Group I-B: The Arts

MUS 115: Music of the Caribbean: Salsa to Reggae
This course is an exploration of the culture of the Caribbean through the lens of its music. This course may be offered in an online format. May be offered as Writing Intensive.
Fulfills University Program Group IV-B: Studies in Cultures Outside of the Anglo-American Tradition

MUS 116Music in Cartoons: Warner Brothers to Disney
Experience how music is used in cartoons, how the music can sharpen perception, and how music can affect how we view animated material.
Fulfills University Program Group I-B: The Arts

MUS 213WI: Jazz: An American Art Form
A music literature course reviewing important trends and styles in the history of jazz. Open to all students. This course may be offered in an online or hybrid format. May be offered as Writing Intensive.
Fulfills University Program Group I-B: The Arts

MUS 310WI: Music and the Mind
An exploration of the various brain systems that are engaged by different musical styles and activities. This course may be offered in an online or hybrid format. May be offered as Writing Intensive.
Recommended: 56 credit hours completed.
Fulfills University Program Group I-B: The Arts

MUS 313: Musics of the World
An introduction to musical systems of major non-Western cultures and folk and traditional music of Western continents. May be offered as Writing Intensive.
Recommended: 56 credit hours.

Fulfills University Program Group I-B: The Arts

MUS 319WI: Racism and Discrimination in Jazz History
Jazz history is rife with stories of racial and gender discrimination. This class will investigate these issues through jazz and American culture. May be offered as Writing Intensive. 
Recommended: 28 credit hours.

Fulfills University Program Group IV-C: Studies in Racism and Cultural Diversity in the United States