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 music department. If you are interested in auditioning for an ensemble during Welcome Week, please let us know so we can schedule your audition.
These ensembles require an audition, and rehearsals are three to six hours each week. Participation in each of these ensembles earns students one credit per semester.
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.
These ensembles grant .5 credits per semester and meet with their coaches/directors one or two hours each week. They include:
- University Community Band
- Percussion Ensemble
- String Quartets
- 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