Credit is awarded for participation in all ensembles. Each ensemble earns .25 credit per semester. Grades earned in these ensembles are not calculated in the GPA for those in the class of 2018 and earlier.  Ensemble grades are included in the GPA for students in the class of 2019 and later.

For students in the School of Music, course credits for ensembles are counted in addition to the course credits currently required for graduation by the degree program (Class of 2018 and earlier: 31 credits for the B.M. or B.M.A. degree or 33 credits for the B.M.E. degree; Class of 2019 and later: 36 credits for all degrees). Credit for only one major and one chamber ensemble per semester may count toward the number of ensembles required for graduation by the degree program.

For music majors in the College of Liberal Arts (B.A. degree), credit for only one major and one chamber ensemble may count toward the number of ensembles required for graduation and toward the course credit total required for graduation.

Students will not be charged overload fees for ensembles, and students may take 4.5 credits plus various ensembles without incurring overload penalties.

The policy on ensemble credit was passed by the faculty on May 1, 2000, with modifications to the implementation plan approved by the faculty on April 1, 2002.

Ensemble Requirements

Major ensembles

Each School of Music student must satisfactorily complete a minimum of one major ensemble each semester in residence in his/her primary instrument. (For keyboard students, participation in an ensemble on a secondary instrument may be substituted.)

Approved by the music faculty, March 14, 2002

The same requirement applies to declared music majors in the College of Liberal Arts.

The following are considered major ensembles:

MUS 271: University Orchestra
MUS 273: University Band
MUS 275: University Chorus
MUS 277: Chamber Singers
MUS 278: Jazz Ensemble

Chamber ensembles

Class of 2018 and earlier

Requirements for participation in chamber ensembles vary depending on degree program. Performance majors (B.M. degree) are required to satisfactorily complete a minimum of four semesters of participation in chamber ensembles on their primary instrument, with at least two of them to be completed during the junior and senior years. Students in the B.M.A. and  B.M.E. degree programs are required to satisfactorily complete a minimum of two semesters of participation in chamber ensembles on their primary instrument. Music majors in the College of Liberal Arts (B.A. degree) are not required to participate in chamber ensembles.

For a complete list of chamber ensembles, view all MUS 283, 284, 288 and 289 courses in the Schedule of Classes.

Class of 2019 and later

Instrumental B.M. and B.M.A.: Instrumental students pursuing the B.M. and B.M.A. degree are required to satisfactorily complete a minimum of six semesters of participation in chamber ensembles on their primary instrument. Instrumental students completing the 5-year double degree (B.M./B.A.) are required to satisfactorily complete two additional semesters of chamber music

Vocal B.M. and B.M.A.: Vocal students pursuing the B.M. and B.M.A. degree are required to satisfactorily complete one semester each of MUS 283 – Performing Opera and MUS 284 – Performing Musical Theatre.

B.M.E: Instrumental/General students in the B.M.E. degree program are required to satisfactorily complete a minimum of two semesters of participation in chamber ensembles on their primary instrument. Choral/General students in the B.M.E degree program are required to satisfactorily complete one semester each of MUS 283 – Performing Opera and MUS 284 – Performing Musical Theatre.

B.A.: Music majors in the College of Liberal Arts (B.A. degree) are not required to participate in chamber ensembles.

For a complete list of chamber ensembles, view all MUS 283, 284, 288 and 289 courses in the Schedule of Classes.

Approved by the music faculty October 4, 2001
Revised by the music faculty Nov. 13, 2013
New requirements revised with launch of new curriculum in August 2015.