Ohio University


Vocal Ensembles

Opera Theater

This ensemble presents at least one main stage opera, operetta, or other lyrics theater piece each academic year. The core of the program is the opera theater class where student singers receive specialized training for the lyric theater, including stage movement, acting role study techniques, and vocal coaching.


Choral Union

The Choral Union is a large, mixed chorus of students, faculty, and community members. The ensemble unites annually with the Ohio University Symphony to perform outstanding major choral works.


Women's Ensemble

This ensemble is a 107-voice all-female choir with talented students from diverse majors. As a performance group, Ohio University Women's Ensemble (OWE) gives women an opportunity to study, rehearse, and perform choral repertoire from a wide variety of musical styles and genres.


Singing Men of Ohio

The group of 80 undergraduate and graduate students of all majors enjoys a unique blend of professional training in music with opportunities for creative expression in the spirit of fraternity. All male undergraduate and graduate students across the university are eligible to audition. Auditions for the Singing Men, as well as the other choral ensembles, are held the first week of the Fall semester. For admission at the start for the Spring semester, singers are advised to contact the Director for audition time before registering.


University Singers

The University Singers are the School of the Music's flagship mixed choral ensemble, made up of 40-50 of the university's most talented and dedicated singers.

Membership is open to qualified singers by audition. In addition to performing in public concerts, the ensemble provides professional training for those who are planning careers in music.


Instrumental Ensembles

Concert Bands

Our concert bands consist of a total of four ensembles, including: Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band, University Concert Band, and the Communiversity Band. Auditions and placement are required for Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band, while University Band and the Communiversity Band are open to any interested students and community members.


Wind Symphony

The Wind Symphony is comprised of the finest wind and percussion performers in the university. They perform about six campus concerts each year, and sometimes at other events around the world.


University Concert Band

The University Concert Band is open to all students regardless of major, as well as local community members. The goal is to provide an outlet for musical creativity, offering maximum enjoyment with appropriate performance demands. Auditions are not required.


Communiversity Band

A long-standing tradition at OHIO, the Communiversity Band services as the core ensemble for the "Under the Elms" Summer Concert Series. The group consists of current Ohio University students and alumni, current and retired faculty members, as well as community members from Athens and beyond.


Campus Orchestra

Campus Orchestra is a community-based string ensemble that welcomes violinists, violists, cellists, and bassists of all ages and backgrounds. They rehearse weekly and perform at the end of each semester. The repertoire includes standard and educational repertoire for string orchestra, often in collaboration with special guest soloists and conductors. The ensemble is a nurturing environment to learn and make music together. While there are auditions to establish placement, there is no limit to the number of participants in Campus Orchestra.


Symphony Orchestra

Symphony Orchestra is focused around the training of outstanding musicians in a wide range of styles. In addition to its own concert series this orchestra collaborates in performances with choral ensembles, Opera Theater, and the Performing Arts Series. Orchestra scholarships are available to highly qualified music majors and to a limited number of non-majors on the basis of an audition.'


Jazz Ensembles

The jazz performance experience at OHIO includes two 20-piece big bands, jazz combos, and the Jazz Percussion Ensemble. These ensembles perform concerts on and off campus, take annual tours, and interact with internationally-recognized jazz masters. Auditions for big bands and combos occur during the first week of classes every semester. All students are invited to audition, regardless of major. 


Percussion Ensemble

The Ohio University Percussion Ensemble, Roger Braun, director, performs a wide variety of music composed for percussion instruments. The ensemble has performed at numerous schools and universities throughout the region as well as at national and state conferences, including the 2009 and 2019 Percussive Arts Society International Convention. The ensemble received excellent international reviews for its performances of Tan Dun’s “Elegy: Snow in June” and Lou Harrison’s “Concerto for Violin and Percussion Orchestra” recorded on the CD Sticks and Stones: Music for Percussion and Strings, released on Equilibrium Records. 


Jazz Percussion Ensemble

Under the direction of Roger Braun, the Jazz Percussion Ensemble was founded by Professor Emeritus, Guy Remonko in 1974. One of the first groups to blend jazz and world music with percussion ensemble, the JPE emphasizes improvisation and student arrangements, creating a unique repertoire that has gained national attention. The ensemble has performed at festivals and national conferences, including the 2003 OMEA Conference and the 1999 PASIC. Many internationally recognized artists including Dave Samuels, Ted Piltzecker, Carl Allen, Michael Spiro, and Roland Vazquez have performed with the group. 


The School of Music at Ohio University offers a variety of musical ensembles designed to meet the educational and artistic needs of majors within the School of Music and provides opportunities for qualified students from other academic disciplines who wish to continue their involvement in music performance.

School of Music large ensemble offerings include choral groups, symphony and campus orchestras, three symphonic bands, two jazz ensembles, and marching band. The Opera Theater presents at least one main stage production each year as well as a recital of opera scenes.

In addition to the large performing ensembles, students may choose to participate in small mixed groups including the New Music Ensemble, jazz combos, and various woodwind, brass, and string chamber ensembles. Smaller vocal ensembles are often formed from within each choral group. Like-instrumental ensembles such as Flute Choir, Clarinet Choir, Saxophone Ensemble, Trumpet Ensemble, Trombone Choir, Tuba/ Euphonium Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, and Jazz Percussion Ensemble are also available to interested students.