Auditions for the various ensembles occur the first week of school during the new student registration or whenever an opening occurs.  As well as music majors and minors, any student enrolled in the university can audition and participate in our various vocal and instrumental performance groups. Our ensemble groups prepare for a minimum of one performance each semester.  They also perform at various on and off campus events throughout the semester.  The ensemble directors announce the details of these additional events as they are confirmed.  You must contact the Music Department in advance to schedule an audition, or you can also submit a cd or dvd recording of your audition.



Wind Ensemble

The ORU Wind Ensemble 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 for students a wholesome means of expression through music, and to positively impact the cultural life of our local community and throughout all of Tulsa. This class meets MWF from 3:50–4:40PM. For more information, contact Dr. John Jenkins (

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 TR from 2:20-3:40PM. For more information, contact Dr. John Jenkins (

Jazz Ensemble

The ORU Jazz Ensemble is a collection of creative individuals who desire to recreate and promote "America's Classical Music." The repertoire consists of big band literature that covers all subgenres of jazz. This class meets twice each week. For more information, contact Dr. Tim Waters (

Guitar Ensemble

The Guitar Ensemble at ORU consists of guitarist of varying skill levels, but have a unified goal of experiencing the joy of music making. The repertoire ranges from all varieties of classical music to jazz/pop and even original student compositions. The class meets twice each week. For more information, contact Prof. Chris Brown (

Jazz Combo

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 (


University Chorale

This auditioned ensemble is a large mixed chorus consisting of about 80 singers. The repertoire consists of challenging classical and current SATB literature, and the ensemble meets three times each week. For more information, contact Dr. Edward Pierce (

Chamber Singers

This medium-sized mixed chorus meets four times each week. The repertoire is primarily a capella SATB literature that covers many music periods. For more information, contact Dr. Edward Pierce (

Ladies and Gentlemen of Jazz

This select group consisting of about 8 singers meets twice each week.  The repertoire is primarily a cappella jazz and ballad literature. For more information, contact Dr. Edward Pierce (

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. For more information, contact Prof. Richard Sutliff (