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! 

Auditions for certain ensembles will be held the first week of class during the fall semester unless otherwise stated.


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.


Orchestras

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

(Concert) Orchestra: MUS 185
SUN: 4:00-6:00
Open to all students with previous experience.
Placement auditions held during the first week of classes.

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For Concert Orchestra placement, students only need to prepare a solo. Concert Orchestra placement will be held concurrently with Symphony Orchestra auditions during the first week of classes.

Sign-up sheets will be posted in the Music Building on the hallway bulletin boards. If you have further questions, 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. Auditions held during the first week of classes.


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.
Rehearsals start Monday September 9th. 

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. Auditions held during the first week of classes.

Chamber Singers: MUS 282A
MW 3:00-3:50 & T/TH 4:00-4:50
Open by audition to all students. Auditions held during the first week of classes.

Chorus Auditions

​Saturday & Sunday
August 24th & 25th

1:00-6:00 pm

​Music Building, Room 157

​Monday
August 26th
2:00-6:00 pm
​Music Building, Room 157

Students should contact Dr. Amon Eady eady1ca@cmich.edu for audition information. A sign-up sheet of audition times is located outside Dr. Eady's office, MU 172. 


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
An intercultural and interdisciplinary exploration of the elements of music. This course may be offered in an online or hybrid format.
Fulfills University Program Group I:B

MUS 114: Listening Experience
Objectives are to experience a variety of musical events, to develop musical awareness, to sharpen perception, and increase musical discrimination.
Fulfills University Program Group I:B

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

MUS 213: 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

MUS 310: 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.
Fulfills University Program Group I:B

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