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