Music Ensembles

Ensembles from the School of Theatre & Music offer 25-30 public performances each academic year, on campus, throughout the city of Chicago, and beyond. They are open to all UIC students and nearly 270 musicians from a wide variety of majors are active participants in the program.

Wind Ensembles
Choirs
Jazz Ensembles
Orchestra
Athletic Bands

Wind Ensemble

Conductor: José Oliver Riojas

The Wind Ensemble is comprised of the most outstanding wind and percussion music major, music minor, and non-major students in the UIC Community.  The Wind Ensemble performs works for eight to sixty players, taking full advantage of the flexibility that the wind band has to offer.  Player rotation provides the members of the ensemble with a variety of responsibilities, challenges, and playing experiences. 

Repertoire spans from the Middle Ages to the most refined 21st Century Music.  Championing the performance of new music, the ensemble has begun a rich history of commissioning the rising stars of composition.  The Wind Ensemble hosts acclaimed guest composers, conductors, and artists annually.  The ensemble performs a minimum of four times every semester.

The ensemble is open to woodwind, brass, and percussion players enrolled at UIC.  An Audition for UIC Directors is required.  Auditions are held at the beginning of every semester.

Offered for credit as Music 151
Rehearsals: M/W 4:00-5:50pm, F 4:00-4:50pm
Recital Hall (L060), ETMSW Building
1040 W. Harrison St.

University Band

Conductor: Nicholas Carlson

The University Band is comprised of dedicated wind and percussion music minors, non-majors, and community members.  With a varied and interesting repertoire, the University Band provides students from across campus the opportunity to participate in an outstanding ensemble and develop individual and ensemble skills.  The ensemble is open by audition or recommendation by UIC Directors.

Offered for credit as Music 151
Rehearsals:  M/W 6:00-7:30pm
Recital Hall (L060), ETMSW Building
1040 W. Harrison St.

The UIC Choirs

Conductor: Michael J. Anderson
Assistant Conductors: Andrew Lewis, Ivana Bukvich

The UIC Choirs consists of four active choirs: three are classes for which you get credit, and one is student-run (Downtown Voices). Each study and perform a wide variety of repertoire with different skill levels and musical focus, and all are open to UIC students. Recent performances of large choral works include: Cherubini’s Requiem, with the Elgin Symphony Orchestra and the Janus Ensemble, Saint-Saens' Oratorio de Noël, Beethoven’s Mass in C Major, and Durufle’s Requiem with the Janus Ensemble, Mozart’s Requiem in New York's' Carnegie Hall and with the Acanthus Chamber Orchestra; Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra in Orchestra Hall; Ellington’s Sacred Concerts with the UIC Jazz Ensemble at The Harold Washington Library; and the New York premiere of David Fanshawe’s African Sanctus in Carnegie Hall.

For more information call (312) 996-8744 or email choirs@uic.edu.

University Choir
Conductor: Michael J. Anderson

The 50-70 member University Choir is composed of not only music majors, but students who feel that singing is an integral part of their education.   

Offered for credit as Music 153
Rehearsals: M/W/F 12-12:50pm
Recital Hall (L060), ETMSW Building
1040 W. Harrison St.

Chamber Choir
Conductor: Andrew Lewis

This select group of 20-24 singers performs all styles of music, from Baroque to Jazz. Besides the regularly scheduled on-campus concerts, the UIC Chamber choir also gives a number of off-campus performances each year. Conducted by Andrew Lewis.

Offered for credit as Music 154 
Rehearsals: T/Th 2-3:15pm
Recital Hall (L060), ETMSW Building
1040 W. Harrison St.

Women's Choral Ensemble
Conductor: Andrew Lewis

The Women’s Choral Ensemble is a growing, dynamic group of women. It is made up of both music majors and non-music majors, freshmen through graduate students, presents several concerts each year, and is piloting new initiatives for The UIC Choirs. 

Offered for credit as Music 155 
Rehearsals: T/Th 11am-12:15PM
Recital Hall (L060), ETMSW Building
1040 W. Harrison St.

Jazz Ensembles

UIC’s jazz ensembles rehearse and perform a wide range of repertoire on and off campus. Each group is open to all students by audition.

 

Jazz Ensemble
Director: Andy Baker

The Jazz Ensemble performs at clubs, festivals and schools each year, as well as on campus. Recent highlights include the ensembles debut at the Chicago Jazz Festival last year. Past guest artists include Robin Eubanks, Randy Brecker, and Miguel Zenón. The Jazz Ensemble’s second CD, Walkin' About was released in 2014 and is available to purchase at cdbaby.com

Offered for credit as Music 159 
Rehearsals: M/W/F 12-1:50PM
Recital Hall (L285), ETMSW Building
1040 W. Harrison St.

Jazz Workshop
Director Chris: Madsen

The Jazz Workshop is a large jazz ensemble open to all students by audition.  Students gain experience reading and improvising in a wide variety of jazz styles, and perform on campus each semester.

Offered for credit as Music 159 
Rehearsals: M/F 2-4PM
Recital Hall (L285), ETMSW Building
1040 W. Harrison St.

Electric Guitar Ensemble
Director: Felton Offard
Offered for credit as Music 159 
Rehearsals: T/Th 3:30-5PM
 

Combos
Directors: Andy Baker, Dan Murphy, and Chris Madsen

Rehearsing under the guidance of jazz studies faculty, 2-3 Combos are offered each semester consisting of 5-7 students. Jazz Combos perform each semester as part of the Tuesdays-at-one series and at Jak’s Tap

Offered for credit as Music 160
Rehearsals: times & location vary

Orchestra

Conductor: Javier José Mendoza

The Orchestra is open to all UIC students, staff and faculty with training. The group is one of the newer ensemble offerings at the Chicago campus and meets the needs of the many musicians looking for a way to continue performing in orchestra at the UIC. The orchestra works with accomplished soloists such as oboist Dwight Parry, cellist Paula Kosower, and pianist Ferran Cullell.

Offered for credit as Music 157
Rehearsals: T/Th 3:30-5:30PM
Rehearsal Hall (L060), ETMSW Building
1040 W. Harrison St.

Athletic Bands

Conductor: Nicholas Carlson

The UIC Pep Band is made up of 75 selected brass and saxophone musicians who rotate as part of the 30-member group present at each basketball game. The UIC Pep Band performs at all men's and women's home basketball games, and travels to Horizon and NCAA tournaments as a 29-member group. The band plays a vast selection of music, from traditional "pep band" to funk, soul, classic rock, and the popular music of today.

The UIC Pep Band Elite consists of 15 select brass and saxophone musicians who are hired to perform at a variety of functions both on and off campus.

Offered for credit as Music 156
Rehearsals: T 6-7:30PM
Rehearsal Hall (L060), ETMSW Building
1040 W. Harrison St.

Mariachi Fuego

Director: Javier Jose Mendoza
 

Offered for credit as Music 152
Rehearsals: Th 6-8PM
Recital Hall (L285), ETMSW Building
1040 W Harrison St