Music ensembles

Explore our Ensembles

All ensembles will be offered online/remotely in the Fall 2020 semester, with no performances. More information on what that means for each ensemble can be found below.

For Fall 2020, all participants must be registered (no “volunteers” for the fall). Winter semester has not been determined yet.

Chamber Choir (MUPF 201/301)

2020–2021 Director: Jean-Louis Bleau »

The UCalgary Chamber Choir seeks to perform a broad range of repertoire, engage in collaborative projects, and develop partnerships with other artists and ensembles.

Chamber Choir Curriculum

University Chorus (MUPF 205/305)

2020–2021 Director: Kathryn Parrotta »

The University of Calgary Chorus is our largest choir and provides an opportunity for all university students to be involved in a choral experience. Membership is maintained at approximately 85 with a very good balance of voice parts. Repertoire consists of classic major works as well as Canadian, folk, and contemporary pieces.

University Chorus Curriculum

Symphonic Band (MUPF 211/311)

2020–2021 Director: Gareth Jones »

Membership in the Symphonic Band allows students to grow as musicians through the preparation and performance of high-quality wind band music. We average 60-80 members and have a very active performing schedule. Tours and recordings are occasionally part of the season's activities.

Audition Schedule and Guidelines

Symphonic Band Curriculum

Wind Ensemble (MUPF 213/313)

2020–2021 Director: Gareth Jones »

The University of Calgary Wind Ensemble has earned a reputation as one of the finest University groups of its kind in Canada and one of the principal international leaders in the field. Most notably, we have performed at the CBDNA National Conference and at the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles (WASBE) Conference. Our commercial CDs on three recording labels have established our reputation for musical sensitivity, technical polish and innovative programming.

Audition Schedule and Guidelines

Wind Ensemble Curriculum

Orchestra (MUPF 215/315)

2020–2021 Director: Edmond Agopian »

The University of Calgary Orchestra has been broadcast on CBC Radio's Our Music and on its national programs In Performance and Take Five. We have appeared in the Millennium Music Foundation Concert Series and at the Third Esther Honens Calgary International Piano Competition and Festival.

Orchestra Curriculum

Jazz Orchestra (MUPF 225/325)

2020–2021 Director: Jeremy Brown »

In recent years the University of Calgary Jazz Orchestra (UCJO) has performed with well-known international jazz artists as part of the UCalgary Monday Night Jazz Series. These artists include: Maria Schneider, Michael Blake, Jeff Jarvis, Charles Pillow, Jodi Proznik, Bob Sheppherd, Brad Turner and PJ Perry. In 2013, the UCJO and the Chamber Jazz Ensemble performed at the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, where both groups were awarded Outstanding Ensemble Awards and several Outstanding Soloist awards. In 2014, the UCJO and Chamber Jazz Ensemble performed at the Elmhurst Jazz Festival (Chicago Illinois USA) and won ten Outstanding Soloist awards.

We also perform a fall and winter concert each year, in addition to holding numerous local performances. We are dedicated to the performance of swing oriented jazz music and have in recent years focused on the music of Duke Ellington, Maria Schneider, Benny Carter, Count Basie and Radiohead.

Jazz Orchestra Curriculum

World Music Ensemble (MUPF 229/329)

2020–2021 Director: Rod Squance »

The UCalgary World Music Ensemble brings together students from across campus to perform music of various ethnic traditions from throughout the world. The group is made up of both music and non-music majors, undergraduate and graduate students, and even alumni and community members. The ensemble performs a concert at the end of each semester, and appears at other events.

Chamber Music (MUPF 241/341)

Coordinator: Edmond Agopian »

The Chamber Music Program at the University of Calgary offers a rich and varied experience for qualified performers, regardless of instrument. Graduate and undergraduate performers collaborate to perform on-campus and in the community. There are several chamber ensembles that are off-shoots of this program, including percussion, guitar, and brass choir.

  • Guitar Ensemble – Coach: Ralph Maier »
  • Brass Choir Ensemble – Coach: Gareth Jones »
    Established in 2003 by Gareth Jones, the ensemble is comprised of the top brass UCalgary students (trumpet, horn, trombone, euphonium and tuba), as well as alumni of the program. The repertoire ranges from Renaissance works to modern day masterpieces.
  • Percussion Ensemble - Coach: Rod Squance »

Ensembles not offered in 2020–2021

Voice Lab (MUPF 245/345)

Voice Lab is an ensemble created to explore and flex the boundaries of concert performance through staged musical collaborations with a foundation in “classical” vocal music. From art song to opera, choral works to cabaret, musical theatre to musical improvisation and new music, we are generating energy around the evolution of classical performance.

This ensemble will not be offered in 2020–2021

New Music Ensemble (MUPF 227/327)

The New Music Ensemble explores solo and ensemble performance of 20th and 21st century music, including instrumental chamber music, instrumental performance in combination with electronic processing, new instrumental and vocal resources and practices, and electronic/laptop performance. As well, collaborative group improvisation is a main focus of the ensemble, allowing students to explore their own musical ideas while developing new performance techniques.

This ensemble will not be offered in 2020–2021

Collegium Musicum (MUPF 221/321)

Collegium Musicum is dedicated to exploring music from the baroque and earlier (pre-1750).  Singers can experience performing with instruments from the period - harpsichord, continuo organ, lute or vihuela.  Opportunities to sing solo and in small ensembles, all while considering performance practice issues and historical context. (Instrumentalists also welcome. Contact director to discuss.)

This ensemble will not be offered in 2020-2021

Important notes:

  • 200-level MUPF courses are NOT prerequisites for the 300-level MUPF courses.
  • Students who have not yet completed 18 units at the 200-level in their degree program should register in the 200-level courses (usually first-year students). 
  • Students who have completed 18 units at the 200-level in their degree program should register in the 300-level courses (usually second-year students and higher).
  • MUPF courses at the 300-level may be repeated for credit. 
  • Please remember to register in both part A (fall) and part B (winter) before the fall registration deadlines pass or you will not receive credit.