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Music Ensembles

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Thousands of students, including music majors and talented students from other disciplines, have participated in the School of Performing Arts’ music ensembles.  We invite students from across campus to perform in our groups.  Many of our ensembles do not require an audition – just a desire to get involved, work hard, have fun, and perform.  Our faculty are noted throughout the state and beyond as directors, conductors, designers, and choreographers who are committed to their work and feel passionate about inspiring students’ minds and souls.  We provide students with an environment that fosters creativity and encourages collaboration – where they can practice, perform, and celebrate the arts under the guidance of nationally and internationally recognized faculty.

We hope to see you soon either on one of our stages or in our audiences!

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7.17.17

Choral Ensembles

University of Maine Singers*
The University of Maine Singers is an advanced concert choir whose members come from all disciplines across campus.  The ensemble tours the northeastern United States each spring.  The group regularly performs with the Oratorio Society and the Bangor Symphony Orchestra.
MUO101 
Rehearsal: M 3:10-4:00 p.m. & WF 2:10-4:00 p.m.
Contact:  Fran Vogt – francis.vogt@maine.edu

Collegiate Chorale
Collegiate Choral is a mixed choral ensemble open to all students.  The group draws from a diverse repertoire to perform works from all style period, from the middle ages to present.
MUO109
 Rehearsal: TTH 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Contact: Fran Vogt – francis.vogt@maine.edu 

Oratorio Society
The Oratorio Society is a mixed choral ensemble comprised of members from the community and university students.  The ensemble performs large choral-orchestral masterworks in conjunction with the Bangor Symphony Orchestra and University of Maine Singers.
MUO103
 Rehearsal: M 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Contact: Fran Vogt – francis.vogt@maine.edu

Opera Workshop*
The UMaine Opera Workshop involves students in all aspects of musical theatre and opera production.  Students rehearse and perform music from the standard opera, operetta, and musical repertoire as well as chamber operas and experimental works in a workshop setting.  Students perform each semester.
MUO132 
Rehearsal: MW 4:00-6:30 p.m.
Contact: Isaac Bray – isaac.bray@maine.edu

Black Bear Men’s Chorus
Comprised of students, faculty, staff, and members of the community, the Black Bear Men’s Chorus performs a variety of traditional accompanied and a capella men’s choral repertoire.  The group performs in a concert each semester and at UMaine athletic events.
MUO160
 Rehearsal: T 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Contact: Daniel Williams – danielw@maine.edu

Maine Steiners*
With their tight harmonies, diverse repertoire of original arrangements, and energetic stages presence, this male a cappella group has emerged as a leader in the vocal band scene.  The award-winning group thrills audiences at public, private, and benefit concerts throughout the year. Non-credit ensemble
. Must be a member of University Singers.
Contact: steiners@umit.maine.edu

Renaissance*
Renaissance is a premier female a cappella group whose members sing current music and older hits.  The ensemble is available for gigs and short concerts in residence halls.  They often perform with the Maine Steiners. Non-credit ensemble
. Must be a member of University Singers.

Instrumental Ensembles

University of Maine Symphonic Band*
The Symphonic Band is dedicated to playing serious literature written for band and smaller wind and percussion groups.  The members perform in concerts on campus, go on a spring tour, and appear in several run out concerts in public schools throughout the year.
MUO114
 Rehearsal: MW 4:10 – 5:30 p.m.
Contact: Christopher White – cgwhite@maine.edu

University of Maine Orchestra
The University Orchestra, comprised of both students and members from surrounding communities, rehearses and performs traditional symphonic masterworks.  The group collaborates with the Oratorio Society and Opera Workshop regularly.
MUO121
 Rehearsal: M 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Contact: Anatole Wieck – wieck@maine.edu

University of Maine Concert Band
The University of Maine Concert Band is a non-auditioned group that plays a variety of concert band literature.  It presents concerts both on and off campus in formal and informal settings, including an annual concert with the Symphonic Band.  This is a spring semester only band.
MUO112
 Rehearsal: TTH 3:30 – 4:50 p.m.
Contact: Phil Edelman – philip.edelman@maine.edu

UMaine Jazz Ensemble*
The Jazz Ensemble performs a variety of challenging, significant, diversified, and contemporary literature within the genre.  Performances include fall and spring run-outs and concerts.
MUO143
 Rehearsal: MWF 12:10 – 1:00 p.m.
Contact:  Jack Burt – jburt@maine.edu 

Chamber Jazz Ensembles
The University of Maine’s small group jazz program gives students an opportunity to form their own jazz combo for credit, or to be placed in a group with students of similar ability. No audition is required, although enrollment is limited. Rehearsals are scheduled around student and instructor availability as much as possible. Course focuses on student improvisation and stylistic playing in various jazz idioms. At least two performances each semester. (MUO 155)
Contact: Dan Barrett – dan.barrett@maine.edu 

Percussion Ensemble*
The Percussion Ensemble has a wide repertoire and performs throughout Maine.  The group has traveled to Europe and was the fist U.S. percussion ensemble ever to perform in Cuba.
MUO150 
Rehearsal: T 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Contact: Stuart Marrs – marrs@maine.edu 

Chamber Music*
Chamber Music offers students a chance to work in small ensembles with a faculty coach, culminating in public, semester-end performance.  Typically, students form 2-5 member ensembles.
MUO1149 
Rehearsal: varied
Contact: Noreen Silver – noreen.silver@maine.edu

Brass Ensemble

Students from the brass studios form numerous chamber groups whose members perform in a brass night concert at the end of each semester.
MUO141 
Rehearsal: F 1:10 – 2:00 p.m.
Contact:  Jack Burt – jburt@maine.edu

Athletic Bands

Pride of Maine Marching Band
This fall semester band carries its spirit to all home football games and local parades and band shows.  Previous marching experience not required.  Students must attend a band camp several days before the fall semester begins.  The band makes weekend trips to away games, parades, and band shows as well.
MUO111 
Rehearsal: TTH 3:30 – 4:50 p.m., F 4:10 – 5:30 p.m.
Contact: Christopher White – cgwhite@maine.edu

Screaming Black Bears Pep Band

“The Screaming Black Bears” cover all home men’s ice hockey games and men’s and women’s basketball games to cheer on the teams.  Pep Band is an exciting chance for students to watch teams in action as well as travel to playoff games.
MUO113 
Rehearsal: TH 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Contact: Christopher White – cgwhite@maine.edu

*Indicates audition requirement to join

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