Music Department Ensembles

All Music Department Ensembles are by audition-only. Auditions are held in conjunction with College Weekends, Quest Whole Person Events, and at the beginning of each semester. Please contact the Music Department office at 918.495.7500 or music@oru.edu to schedule an audition. Scholarships are available and are based upon both talent and the needs of each particular ensemble.

In addition to music majors and minors, any student enrolled in the university can audition and participate in our various vocal and instrumental performance groups. All ensembles prepare a minimum of one performance each semester and may also perform at various on- or off-campus events throughout the semester. 

Instrumental Groups


Wind Ensemble

This group is comprised of exceptionally talented musicians who are selected by audition. The students are exposed to an array of musical literature ranging from traditional standards to contemporary compositions. Additionally, much emphasis is placed on chamber music. The purposes of the ORU Wind Ensemble are to provide students a wholesome means of expression through music, and to positively impact the cultural life of our local community and all of Tulsa. This class meets on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. For more information, contact Dr. John Jenkins (jjenkins@oru.edu).


Chamber Orchestra

The ORU Chamber Orchestra is ORU's premiere string ensemble and is frequently called upon to perform for many of ORU's official events in addition to its own regular concert schedule. The musical literature covered spans from early Baroque to contemporary works, and even popular music. In addition to the Chamber Orchestra, the ORU String Ensemble is a medium-sized ensemble which performs classic works that are devoted to string instrumentation, specifically. This class meets on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. For more information, contact Dr. John Jenkins (jjenkins@oru.edu).


Jazz Ensemble

The membership of this group varies from year to year but averages about 15 people. This group is a  collection of creative individuals who desire to recreate and promote "America's Classical Music." The instruments involved in this ensemble are those used in standard Jazz Band literature. The repertoire consists of big band literature that covers all subgenres of jazz. This class meets on Monday and Wednesday each week. For more information, contact Dr. John Jenkins (jjenkins@oru.edu).


Guitar Ensemble

This group consists of guitarists of varying skill levels and averages about 10 guitarists each semester. The repertoire ranges from classical music to jazz/pop and even original student compositions. The class meets twice each week on Tuesday and Thursday. For more information, contact Prof. Chris Brown (chbrown@oru.edu).


Jazz Combos

This ensemble focuses on jazz and blues improvisation in a small group format. Depending on enrollment, there are usually several combos that are student-led while overseen by an instructor. The literature covers everything from older standards to newer light jazz compositions to jazz-influenced pop styles. In addition, since the class is not limited to just one performing group, students who wish to learn jazz improvisation are encouraged to enroll. Improvisation is covered throughout the class, and all instrumentalists and vocalists who want to expand musically are encouraged to audition. The combos meet twice each week. For more information, contact Prof. Chris Brown (chbrown@oru.edu).

 
Vocal Groups


University Chorale

UC is a large mixed chorus. The repertoire consists of challenging classical and current SATB literature. This class meets of Monday, Wednesday and Friday. For more information, contact Dr. Edward Pierce (epierce@oru.edu).


Chamber Singers

Chambers is a mixed chorus consisting of 16-24 singers. The repertoire is primarily a cappella SATB literature. This ensemble meets on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. For more information, contact Dr. Edward Pierce (epierce@oru.edu).


Vocal Jazz

This ensemble is a mixed group consisting of 8-12 people. The repertoire is primarily a cappella jazz and ballad literature. This class meets twice each week. For more information, contact Dr. Edward Pierce (epierce@oru.edu).

Opera Theatre

This medium-sized mixed group meets twice each week. During class time, the group rehearses for upcoming events. This event may be a musical, an opera or an opera scenes program. This group meets on Tuesday and Thursday. For more information, contact Prof. Richard Sutliff (rsutliff@oru.edu).

Travellers

The Travellers group is a mixed ensemble for both vocalists and instrumentalists. The group rehearses twice each week and performs in local schools and churches periodically throughout the semester. For more information, contact Dr. Edward Pierce (epierce@oru.edu) or Dr. John Jenkins (jjenkins@oru.edu).