The College of Arts and Architecture

Ensemble Requirements (8 credits minimum)

Students in the Bachelor of Musical Arts program are responsible for choosing ensembles that will nurture their professional growth as performers.  Therefore, a variety of ensembles, small and large, should be selected.  Advisers and applied instructors should be consulted regarding ensemble choices.

1) The student must be enrolled in an ensemble every semester he/she is in the program.  This is true even if the 8-credit minimum has been met.

2) The 8-credit minimum must be earned from participation in at least two different ensembles.

3) All of the 8 required credits must be earned by participation with the major instrument/voice with the exception of keyboard majors.  (See item 6.)

4) Two credits from among these ensembles must be applied toward the B.M.A. degree requirements:

Accompanying:  Sonata Duos; Studio/Recital Accompanying
     (For piano majors only.  Two credits are required.  See Item 5 below.)
Brass Chamber Music
     (Includes University Brass, Trumpet Ensemble, Horn Ensemble, Trombone Choir, Tuba/Euphonium Ensemble, Small Ensembles)
Chamber Orchestra
Jazz Ensemble I:  Centre Dimensions
Mallet Ensemble
Opera Theatre
Percussion Ensemble
String Chamber Music
Woodwind Chamber Music
            
5) The remaining 6 credits (2-6 credits for keyboard majors) must be distributed among these ensembles:

Chamber Singers
Concert Choir
Jazz Ensemble I:  Centre Dimensions
Oriana Singers
Philharmonic Orchestra
Symphonic Band
Symphonic Wind Ensemble
University Choir
Glee Club
        
6) Keyboard majors must earn 2 credits in Sonata Duos and/or Studio/Recital Accompanying.  A maximum of 4 credits earned by accompanying any of the following ensembles may be applied toward the 8-credit degree requirement:

Chamber Singers
Concert Choir
Essence of Joy
Glee Club
Opera Theatre
Oriana Singers
University Choir
Women’s Chorale  

    (Organ majors should consult the applied instructor regarding ensemble credits.)

7) In addition to these required credits, other ensembles may be elected throughout the program upon the advice and consent of the applied instructor and the adviser.

8) A student in academic difficulty must obtain the adviser’s consent to register in more than two ensembles per semester.  Academic difficulty is defined as a GPA below 2.5 and/or any music course not passed (grade of D or F).