Ensembles

The Challey School of Music performance organizations provide a high-quality musical experiences for all NDSU students. By participating in one or more of the various performance groups on campus, a student's college career can be greatly enhanced and lifelong friendships formed.

Auditions take place the first week of classes. Please contact the appropriate instructor for audition information.

Music participation opportunities include:

Ensemble Instructor Audition Required
Brass Chamber Ensembles Jeremy Brekke Yes

The Brass Chamber Ensembles are an integral and dynamic component of the instrumental program at North Dakota State University. The playing abilities, collaborative skills and musical awareness developed in rehearsing and performing chamber music equips students to be more effective in large ensembles, and as professional performers or educators. Most chamber groups are in a brass quintet setting of two trumpets, horn, trombone, and tuba or bass trombone. These quintets perform regularly on and off campus and have competed in regional competitions. Other ensembles include groups made up of like instruments, i.e. trumpet ensemble, trombone ensemble, horn quartet, or tuba quartet made up of two euphoniums and two tubas. NDSU also combines the various brass quintets for a large brass ensemble at the end of each semester.

Ensemble Instructor Audition Required
Cantemus (women's chorus) Charlette Moe No

Under the direction of Dr. Charlette Moe, this women's chorus of 55-65 members continually programs music which highlights female composers and music written specifically for the woman's voice. This non-auditioned choir, with campus-wide participation, rehearses Tuesdays and Thursdays at 4:45 pm-6:00 pm. For the 2013 Choral Music of the Americas Symposium, they premiered a new choral work by Imant Raminsh. Cantemus hosts an Annual Women's Choral Festival and their first convention appearance was at the 2014 North Dakota American Choral Director’s Conference. Registration is easy, just visit Campus Connection and register for MUSC 116. For more information, please contact charlette.moe@ndsu.edu.

Ensemble Instructor Audition Required
Concert Choir Jo Ann Miller Yes

The NDSU Concert Choir has a distinguished tradition of performing eminent choral literature at the highest level of artistry. Under Jo Ann Miller's direction, the choir has performed at state, regional and national music conferences--including seven North Central American Choral Directors Association conferences and the association's national conference in San Antonio, Texas. The choir performs regularly with the Fargo Moorhead Symphony and tours overseas every three years. Most recently, the choir visited Eastern and Central Europe in 2009, toured Croatia and Italy in 2012, and Iceland and Scotland in 2015. The choir received the first place gold medal at the International Choral Competition in Zadar, Croatia, during the 2012 tour.

Ensemble Instructor Audition Required
Gold Star Bands
– Gold Star Marching Band
– University Band
Wind Symphony
 
Sigurd Johnson
Sigurd Johnson
Warren Olfert
 
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Ensemble Instructor Audition Required
Madrigal Singers Mike Weber Yes

The NDSU Madrigal Singers is a highly selective ensemble that performs vocal chamber music from the Renaissance through the 21st century. In addition to concert performances throughout the year, the annual Madrigal Dinners feature fully costumed productions of Renaissance revelry. Conducted by Dr. Michael Weber, the Madrigal Singers perform for numerous NDSU celebrations, tour each spring with the NDSU Concert Choir and also tour separately throughout the region. The Madrigal Singers also were selected to appear at the North Central American Choral Directors Convention in 2008.

Ensemble Instructor Audition Required
NDSU Jazz Ensembles Kyle Mack or Matt Patnode Yes
Ensemble Instructor Audition Required
NDSU Opera and Opera Workshop Mariane Lemieux-Wottrich Yes

NDSU Opera presents fully staged and costumed performances of operas with orchestra in Festival Concert Hall every spring. Recent productions have included HMS Pinafore (Gilbert and Sullivan), A Midsummer Night's Dream (Britten), and Gianni Schicchi (Puccini). NDSU Opera also presents operas such as Dido and Aeneas (Purcell) and Venus and Adonis (Blow) at the NDSU Baroque Festival.

NDSU Opera Workshop presents staged and costumed scenes from operas with piano accompaniment in Beckwith Recital Hall.

Ensemble Instructor Audition Required
Percussion Ensemble Sigurd Johnson No

The NDSU Percussion Ensemble is comprised of both music majors and no-music majors - and draws members from the various instrumental ensembles in the Challey School of Music - and from across the NDSU campus. The ensemble is led by NDSU Director of Percussion Studies and Director of Athletic Bands, Dr. Sigurd Johnson. The ensemble rehearses two days a week - Tuesday and Thursday from 3:30-4:45 - and performs concerts in both fall and spring semesters. The ensemble's repertoire consists of traditional as well as contemporary percussion literature.

Ensemble Instructor Audition Required
The Statesmen (men's chorus) Mike Weber No

This non-auditioned choir, with campus-wide participation, rehearses each Tuesday and Thursday at 4:45 pm-6:00 pm. For the 2013 Choral Music of the Americas Symposium, The Statesmen of NDSU premiered a new choral work by Jorge Cozatl. They also represented NDSU at the 2009 North Dakota Music Educators Association convention in Bismarck, ND and will be making another appearance at NDMEA in 2015. To participate, visit Campus Connection to register for MUSC 117. For more information, please contact m.weber@ndsu.edu.

The Statesmen of NDSU is conducted by Dr. Michael Weber, Associate Director of Choral activities.

Ensemble Instructor Audition Required
University Chamber Singers Charlette Moe Yes

The University Chamber Singers is an auditioned, mixed choir of 35 freshmen-senior members who represent many different majors and disciplines across the NDSU campus. The ensemble recently performed at the Northern Plains Kodály Chapter Honor Choir festival in April of 2014. Besides performing at two concerts per semester, UCS participates in the NDSU Madrigal Dinners each December. The University Chamber Singers (UCS) is conducted by Dr. Charlette Moe, Assistant Director of Choral activities.

This auditioned choir rehearses from 11:00-11:50 am each M-W-F. To schedule an audition, please email jo.miller@ndsu.edu or charlette.moe@ndsu.edu.

Ensemble Instructor Audition Required
University Symphony Orchestra Warren Olfert Yes

Members of the University Symphony Orchestra includes members from throughout the University. Membership is determined by auditons each school year. Auditions for the University Symphony Orchestra will be on Tuesday, August 23 (all strings) and Wednesday, August 24 (woodwinds and brass) from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. in the Music Education Room 118 in the Reineke Fine Arts Center.

Ensemble Instructor Audition Required
Woodwind Ensembles Cassie Keogh Yes

Auditions for Concert Choir, Madrigal Singers and University Chamber Singers require one prepared solo. An accompanist will be provided. If a prepared vocal solo is unavailable, America (My Country Tis of Thee) could be performed. Auditions for these choirs are held throughout the summer. To schedule an audition this summer, contact Dr. Jo Ann Miller. If you plan to audition in August, also contact Dr. Jo Ann Miller or sign up for an audition time on her office door, located in the Reineke Performing Arts Center 2nd Floor, room 217.

A number of smaller ensembles are also available for participation. Please call the music office at 701.231.7932 for additional information.

The Concert Choir, Wind Symphony, and Jazz Ensemble each take an extended concert tour in the spring. Past trips have included concert tours to Europe and have spanned the United States.

For a complete listing of upcoming concerts, productions, and exhibitions, please visit the Performing Arts Calendar of Events.