Valpo has an ensemble to suit every student musician.

Valparaiso University’s many musical ensembles cover numerous instruments, styles of music, and levels of musicianship. Every Valpo ensemble, whether high-profile or recreational, emphasizes the development of skills and musicality.

All students at Valparaiso University are encouraged to participate in the performing organizations of the Department of Music.

Major ensembles

These ensembles require an audition, and rehearsals are 3-6 hours each week. Participation in each of these ensembles earns students one credit per semester.

A select concert and touring choir of 48 voices, seeking to uphold the highest standard of the choral art through performance of the greatest choral literature of all eras. Conducted by Christopher M. Cock, D.M.A.

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A select religious choir of 36 voices, which serves as a choir of the Chapel of the Resurrection, specializes in festive liturgies and sings a diverse repertoire of sacred music from chant to Bach to music in folk and jazz idioms. Conducted by Lorraine Brugh.

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The Men’s and Women’s choirs focus on sacred and popular repertoire and perform in concert as well as in worship at the chapel.

The auditioned student symphonic orchestra, which performs major orchestral repertoire, music theatre, oratorio, and concerti. Conducted by Dennis Friesen-Carper, D.M.A.

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The premier auditioned symphonic band at Valparaiso University, which plays the finest in band music on and off campus with special focus on original band compositions. Conducted by Jeffrey Scott Doebler, Ph.D.

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An auditioned “big band” which performs both traditional and contemporary jazz, with performance opportunities on and off campus and clinic experiences annually with top jazz legends. Conducted by Jeffrey C. Brown, M.M.

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An auditioned symphonic band focusing on the development of skills. This ensemble forms the core of the University Community Band and also rehearses as a separate ensemble. Conducted by Jeffrey Scott Doebler, Ph.D.

Minor ensembles

These ensembles grant .5 credits per semester and meet with their coaches/directors 1-2 hours each week. They include:

  • University Community Band
  • Trombone Choir
  • Percussion Ensemble
  • String Quartet
  • Brass Quintet
  • Woodwind Quintet

Degree Requirements

Students who are music majors are encouraged to perform in at least one department ensemble each semester they are in residence at Valparaiso University. At minimum, students must participate in a major (one credit) ensemble for at least:

  • 8 semesters — Bachelor of Music
  • 6 semesters — Bachelor of Music Education
  • 4 semesters — Bachelor of Arts, music major
Auditions

Membership in selective ensembles is based on auditions held at announced times each year.

Travel Opportunities

Regional, national, and international tours are part of the regular performing cycle for the select ensembles. Others perform regularly in the Chicago metro area.

Internationally, Valpo students have performed in:

  • Leipzig and Dresden
  • Prague
  • Vienna
  • Budapest
  • United Kingdom
  • Malta
  • China
Scholarship Recipients

Music scholarship awardees must perform in ensembles as assigned each semester. For awardees in the music major or minor, this requirement continues even where performance requirements for degree completion have been fulfilled.