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Program Ensembles

The Music Program at Vincennes University offers performance opportunities in many different ensembles. While ensemble performance is required for all music majors, participation in these performing groups is also extended to the general student population. If you are interested in joining a VU Department of Music ensemble, please contact the department chair or the ensemble director for more information or to schedule an audition.

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Band Ensembles

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Pep Band (MUSI 252)

This performance-based course is open to all University brass, woodwind, electric guitar, electric bass, keyboard, and percussion players. An audition is required to be eligible to participate in this course. The Pep Band performs for the majority of the VU Women’s and Men’s home basketball games throughout the season. The ensemble plays a wide variety of musical styles including jazz, rock, pop, and Latin. Membership in the ensemble for the entire year is preferred, but not required. 2 hours rehearsal per week plus additional rehearsal/preparation hours as required for tours and performances.

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Jazz Ensemble (MUSI 251)

The jazz ensemble performs traditional big band style arrangement of various styles including swing, Latin, and popular. Audition is required for membership. The ensemble rehearses twice weekly for a total of 4 hours per week plus additional rehearsal hours as required for tours and performances.

Concert Band (MUSI 250)

This performance-based course is open to any University student who plays a wind or percussion instrument, and is a requirement for all wind and percussion majors. String players may also enroll in this course with permission of the band director. The Concert Band performs a wide variety of traditional and contemporary wind literature each semester. No audition is required to participate in this ensemble. Membership in the ensemble for the entire year is preferred, but not required. 4 hours rehearsal per week plus additional rehearsal hours as required for tours and performances.

Choir Ensembles

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Concert Choir (MUSI 260)

Students enrolling in Concert Choir will study and perform diversified choral literature from all stylistic periods. No audition is required. 3 rehearsal hours per week plus additional rehearsal hours as required for tours and performances.

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VU Connection (MUSI 261)

The Vincennes University Connection is a music performance ensemble that focuses on ensemble repertoire from the American Musical Theatre genre, incorporating music, movement, and theatrical elements. The ensemble performs throughout the year on and off-campus. Audition is required each semester. 3 rehearsal hours per week plus additional rehearsal hours as required for tours and performances.

Chamber Ensembles

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Blues Ensemble (MUSI 257)

This ensemble studies and performs blues music of subgenres from the earliest to the most recent recorded styles. 2 hours rehearsal per week plus additional rehearsal and performance times as required for tours and concerts.

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Brass Ensemble (MUSI 253)

This performance-based chamber ensemble of mixed brass instrumentation is open to all University brass players, and is a requirement for all brass majors. Participants study and perform a wide selection of literature from the brass repertoire each semester. The ensemble may be organized into various sizes and instrumentation for the performance of the literature. An audition is required to be eligible to participate in this ensemble. Membership in the ensemble for the entire year is preferred, but not required. 2 hours rehearsal per week plus additional rehearsal/preparation hours as required for tours and performances.

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Guitar Ensemble (MUSI 256)

This course provides performing group experiences of literature for classical guitar ensembles (duets, trios, quartets and larger groups). Ensemble groups will prepare classical compositions by Bach, Sor, Giuliani, Albeniz, and other standard guitar ensemble repertoire. These performances apply note reading and classical technique and will culminate with a public performance at the end of each semester. The enrollment in this ensemble requires concurrent registration in private lessons and is repeatable for additional credits. An audition will be required. Rehearsals will meet 2 hours per week with additional rehearsal hours as required for tours and performances.

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Jazz Combo (MUSI 259)

The jazz combo performs traditional jazz styles including swing, Latin, and popular with a focus on improvisation. Permission of instructor is required. Group will rehearse 2 hours per week plus additional hours as required for tours and performances.

Percussion Ensemble (MUSI 255)

This performance based chamber ensemble is open to all University percussionists, and is a requirement for all percussion majors. Non-percussionists may also enroll in this course with permission of the percussion instructor. Participants study and perform a variety of traditional and innovative percussion instruments in various traditional and contemporary musical styles (including jazz/fusion, classical, rock, pop, and novelty) each semester. The ensemble may be organized into various sizes and instrumentation for the performance of the literature. An audition is required to be eligible to participate in this ensemble. Membership in the ensemble for the entire year is preferred, but not required. 2 hours rehearsal per week plus additional rehearsal/preparation hours as required for tours and performances.

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String Ensemble (MUSI 258)

This ensemble studies and performs string music from the earliest to the most recent styles. 2 hours rehearsal per week plus additional rehearsal and performance times as required for tours and concerts.

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Woodwind Ensemble (MUSI 254)

This performance based chamber ensemble of mixed woodwind instrumentation is open to all University woodwind players, and is a requirement for all woodwind majors. Participants study and perform a wide selection of literature from the woodwind repertoire each semester. The ensemble may be organized into various sizes and instrumentation for the performance of the literature. An audition is required to be eligible to participate in this ensemble. Membership in the ensemble for the entire year is preferred, but not required. 2 hours rehearsal per week plus additional rehearsal/preparation hours as required for tours and performances.

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