The School of Music offers a wide variety of chamber and major ensemble opportunities, as well as ensembles formed by students themselves. It is not unusual for music students to participate in more than one ensemble. Choral and instrumental ensembles are open to all students of the University through audition.

Ranging from chamber trios to major ensembles of 60 or more students, the opportunities for participation in music ensembles are varied within the School of Music. Whether you prefer to focus on chamber music or large masterworks, DePauw has something to offer.

DePauw Jazz Ensemble

DePauw Jazz Ensemble

The DePauw Jazz Ensemble performs on campus and in concert venues throughout Indiana, including combo performances in club settings. Leading artists regularly visit campus to perform with our ensembles and give master classes, all of which are open to all students regardless of major. Guest artists have included Pharez Whitted, Eddie Henderson, Jon Fedchock, Brad Leali, Jamey Aebersold, Jackie Allen, Lynne Arriale, Reggie Workman, and Joe Lovano, among many others.

DePauw University Band 

DePauw University Band

The University Band is a select ensemble of woodwind, brass and percussion musicians chosen by audition. Repertoire is selected from a wide variety of high-quality concert literature for both symphonic band and wind ensemble. Known for its acclaimed commercial recordings through its CD Recording Project, the University Band has hosted a variety of renowned guest musicians, conductors and composers including Joseph Schwantner, John Corigliano, Roberto Sierra, Augusta Read Thomas, Chen Yi,  Christopher Theofanidis, James Beckel, Eugene Migliaro Corproron, Roby George and John Lynch. 

DePauw Symphonic Band

The Symphonic Band provides playing experiences for College of Liberal Arts majors, and School of Music majors who want to improve their technique and skills on secondary woodwind, brass, and percussion instruments. The mission of the Symphonic Band is to create maximum enjoyment with limited performance demands for students who wish to continue to perform in a large ensemble as part of their collegiate educational experience. Auditions are not required, but are held for chair placements and part assignments.

DePauw University Orchestra 

DePauw University Orchestra

The DePauw University Orchestra focuses on performing standard repertoire, creating a four-year overview that is a cross-section of music including most style periods, regional influences and genres. The orchestra performs concerts – often broadcast live on WGRE-FM and the Internet – and plays for DePauw Opera productions, accompanies student concerto winners, and performs with the University’s choirs, faculty and guest soloists. 

DePauw Jazz Ensemble

DePauw Chamber Singers

The DePauw Chamber Singers is a select 16-20 member group that performs small-scale choral works and chamber music. The ensemble’s performances feature pieces ranging from the early renaissance to the 21st century. This challenging repertoire facilitates the development of skills necessary in becoming an advanced choral singer and musician

DePauw University Chorus

The DePauw University Chorus offers opportunities for both beginning and advanced students. These 60-70 mixed voices perform music from a diverse body of choral repertoire with traditional and non-traditional voicings and sounds, including at least one of the great choral masterworks each year.

Ensemble CD Projects

DePauw University Band CD Recording Project

In the Spring of 1996, the DePauw University Band embarked upon a project to produce quality compact disc recordings of the best in contemporary band music.

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Songs of Old DePauw

As DePauw’s 175th anniversary year came to a close, the School of Music announced the creation of the School’s new recording label, DePauw University Recordings, and the first recording in the new catalog, Songs of Old DePauw.

Ensemble Directors