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What is it like to be a School of Music student at Ohio University?

All Ohio University students have the opportunity to participate in performing ensembles and service organizations offered through the School of Music. Click a specific area below, or just scroll down to browse.

School of Music Ensembles

The School of Music at Ohio University offers a variety of musical ensembles designed to meet the educational and artistic needs of our majors, and also 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 the 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 Quartets, Brass Quintets, Trumpet Ensemble, Trombone Choir, Tuba/Euphonium Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, and Jazz Percussion Ensemble are also available to interested students.

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Instrumental Ensembles

Vocal Ensembles


Jazz Ensembles


Click here to visit Ohio University Jazz Studies.

Jazz Ensembles, Jazz Combos, and the Jazz Percussion Ensemble form the jazz performance experience at Ohio University.  Concerts on and off campus, tours, high school workshops and consistent contact with guest artists provide students with a variety of performance opportunities. Students also benefit from a broad range of jazz studies courses. 

Jazz Ensemble I - Matt James, director
Jazz Ensemble II - Sean Parsons, director
Jazz Percussion Ensemble - Roger Braun, director
Jazz Combo - John Horne, director
Jazz Combo - Jordan Reed, graduate assistant director
Auditions for big bands and combos occur during the first week of classes every semester. All OU students are invited to audition, regardless of major. Musicians who have no jazz experience are also encouraged to audition. Check the jazz ensembles bulletin board on the 4th floor of Glidden Hall, across from room 476, for signup sheets. No prepared materials are required, as the auditions involve sightreading of big band charts and improvisation (usually on a blues). Amps are provided for bassists and guitarists. Drumset auditions occur at a specified time in the percussion studio.

For additional information about the Ohio University jazz program and to find out how you might participate, please contact:

Matthew James
Professor of Saxophone & Jazz Studies
Director of Jazz Studies

University Concert Band

The University Concert Band is open to all students in the university regardless of major, as well as members of the greater Athens community, who wish to continue to perform on their instruments in a large ensemble setting. This group rehearses once a week in preparation for one concert at the end of both the Fall and Spring semesters. The goal of the University Concert Band is to provide an outlet for musical creativity, offering maximum enjoyment with appropriate performance demands. Auditions are not required for participation in this ensemble.

For additional information, please contact:

Josh Boyer
Assistant Director of Bands

Symphonic Band

The Symphonic Band is an ensemble committed to high level performances of standard and contemporary large band repertoire. Open by audition to all Ohio University students, this ensemble provides music majors and talented non-majors with the opportunity to study and perform outstanding band literature. The ensemble rehearses Monday's from 2:00-3:00 and Tuesdays/Thursdays from 1:30-2:55.

For additional information, please contact:

Richard Suk
Associate Director of Bands

Wind Symphony

The Ohio University Wind Symphony is one of three concert bands in the School of Music. This auditioned ensemble's membership is selected from among the finest wind and percussion performers in the university. Dedicated to the performance of outstanding repertoire from the renaissance to the present, the Wind Symphony utilizes a flexible approach to instrumentation, allowing for stylistic accuracy in the performance of wind music by the world's greatest composers.

As the premier concert band in the School of Music, the Wind Symphony performs approximately six campus concerts each year, and has performed for conferences of the College Band Directors National Association (1970s, 2004, 2012), Ohio Music Education Association (1996, 1999, 2002, 2005, 2008, 2010), the Society of Composers, Inc.,the World Projects Band and Orchestra Festival at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (2008), the Women in Music Conference with guest composers Joan Tower and Nancy Galbraith (1999), as well as the Southern Ohio Performing Arts Association 2011-2012 Subscription Series at the Vern RIffe Center for the Arts.

Members of the Wind Symphony have enjoyed opportunities to collaborate with a variety of distinguished artists including conductors Eugene Migliaro Corporon, Jack Delaney, Thomas Fraschillo, Gary Hill, Thomas Lee, Donald Schleicher, and composers Donald Erb, Nancy Galbraith, Jack Gallagher, Jere Hutcheson, James Mobberley, Roberto Sierra, and Eric Whitacre.

The Wind Symphony has also performed with an array of outstanding soloists including Marjorie Bagley, violin; Tony Baker, trombone; Marjorie Bennett Stephens, soprano; Roger Braun, percussion; Alison Brown Sincoff, flute; Michael Carrera, cello; Christopher Hayes, trombone; Matthew James, saxophone; Brian Meixner, euphonium; Matthew Morris, bassoon; Patricia Pease, mezzo soprano; Allyn Reilly, saxophone; Rebecca Rischin, clarinet; John Schlabach, trumpet; C. Scott Smith, horn; Jason Smith, tuba; Eric Stomberg, bassoon; Richard Syracuse, piano; Allen Vizzutti, trumpet; and Larry Zalkind, trombone.

In an effort to support the creation of new works for wind band, the Wind Symphony frequently sponsors commissioning projects. Composers whose works have been jointly commissioned by the Ohio University Wind Symphony include Mason Bates,Timothy Broege, Richard Danielpour, Daron Hagen, Huck Hodge, Libby Larsen, Christopher Lee, Lowell Lieberman, Walter Mays, Cindy McTee, Mark Phillips, Anthony Plog, Bill Reichenbach, Robert Rodriguez, Michael Schelle, Roberto Sierra, and Chen Yi, as well as a host of composition students.

For additional information regarding the Wind Symphony, please contact:

Andrew Trachsel
Director of Bands

Marching 110

The Marching 110 is the 240 member marching band at Ohio University. The primary goal of the "Marching 110," also known as "The Most Exciting Band in the Land," is to provide half-time entertainment at Ohio University football games. Recent performances highlights include the 2010 Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, CA; the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2011; the Cleveland Browns and Cincinnati Bengals in 2012; and in 2013, the Marching 110 performed in Dublin, Ireland, and Rome, Italy.

Membership in the marching band is determined by both music and marching auditions. These auditions are held during Training Week which is one week before classes begin.

Please visit the Marching 110's website.

For information regarding "The Most Exciting Band in the Land," please contact:

Richard Suk
Director, Marching 110

Campus and Symphony Orchestras


Ohio University offers two orchestral ensembles which welcome participation by all Ohio University students. The Symphony Orchestra is devoted to the training of the outstanding instrumentalists in the performance of a wide range of styles in the orchestral repertoire. In addition to its own concert series, the Symphony 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.

The Campus Orchestra is a string ensemble open to intermediate level students, community members, and Athens Community Music School young musicians and performs less demanding repertoire. Both orchestras collaborate in the annual Hallowpalooza music gala in late October, and both are open by audition to all Ohio University students.

Non-music majors who wish to continue their participation in either orchestra should contact the director for information about how to join.

For additional information on orchestral performance opportunities, please contact:

Steven Huang
Director of University Orchestras

Choral Union

Choral Union is a large, mixed chorus of students, faculty, and community members. The ensemble unites annually with the University Singers and Ohio University Symphony to perform outstanding major choral works such as Mozart’s Requiem, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Bach’s Magnificat, and Vaughan Williams’s Dona Nobis Pacem.

For additional information about Choral Union, please contact:

Paul Mayhew
Assistant Professor of Music Education

Opera Theater

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

This training is a vital part of the voice program for both graduate and undergraduate students, and it culminates in the performance of complete lyric theater productions, as well programs of scenes excerpts. The voice and opera theater faculty are uniquely qualified, through national and international experience, to train talented singers in the art and craft of opera performance.

For additional information about the Opera Theater program at Ohio University, please contact:

Andrew Ryker
Director of Opera Theater


The Singing Men of Ohio

The Singing Men of Ohio (SMO) are an ensemble of 80 students drawn from diverse majors and degree tracks of Ohio University. Established as both a performing ensemble within the School of Music as well as a student organization that sponsors service projects, social activities, and makes numerous community appearances at university and alumni functions, The Singing Men of Ohio enjoy a unique blend of professional training in music with opportunities for creative expression in the spirit of fraternity.
In 1989, Dr. Ira T. Zook was invited to revive the former Ohio University Glee Club tradition for the University. His passion for the teaching of singing and for men's choral literature was the guiding force behind the success of The Singing Men for eleven years. Continuing to flourish to the present day, the organization is proud to announce the formation of its new Singing Men of Ohio Society of Alumni & Friends.  
Guided by its motto 'unity through harmony,' SMO has toured the Midwest, East Coast, Southeast, and China advancing its mission of bringing men's choral singing and its rich traditions to an ever-widening audience. Singing Men performances are recognized for their diverse programming including spirituals, motets, French chansons, German and American part-songs and folk songs, musical theater, barbershop melodies, and their own peculiar brand of hijinks. In addition, the chorus is known for its sonorous tone, attention to detail, and has been invited to perform in Columbus at the Ohio Music Education Association professional conference.

For more information about the Singing Men of Ohio, contact:

Bradley Naylor
Director of Choral Activities

University Singers

The University Singers are the Ohio University School of Music's flagship mixed choral ensemble, made up of many of the university’s most talented and dedicated singers. They University Singers are a mixed ensemble of 36-40 voices devoted to the outstanding performance of choral repertoire of all styles and periods. 

Membership is open to qualified singers by audition. A significant percentage of ensemble members major in vocal performance, choral music education, and music therapy; in addition to presenting public concerts, the ensemble provides professional training for these students planning careers in music.  

University Singers is often invited to perform at conferences of the Ohio Music Education Association and Music Educators National Conference. Recent events have included appearances on National Public Radio; a concert with The Rolling Stones; and tours internationally, regionally in the Eastern United States, and throughout Ohio.

The ensemble has presented the Ohio premieres of several important choral works, including Eric Whitacre's "Leonardo Dreams of His Flying Machine" and John Rutter's "Magnificat," under the composer's direction. University Singers often collaborates with other ensembles in the School of Music, including the Singing Men of Ohio, the Ohio Women's Ensemble, and the Choral Union and Symphony Orchestra in performances of choral-orchestral masterworks.
For more information about University Singers, contact:
Bradley Naylor
Director of Choral Activities


Women's Ensemble

The Ohio University Women’s Ensemble is a 100+ all-female choir made up of talented students from diverse majors. Originally the Girls' Glee Club(founded in 1924), later the Women’s Chorale, their new name and brand were established in the Spring of 2014.

As a performance group, WE gives women at Ohio University an opportunity to study, rehearse, and perform choral repertoire from a wide variety of musical styles and genres – music that is challenging as well as fun! We take pride in our ability to perform collegiate-level choir literature both accompanied and a cappella ranging from 3 to 8 parts. Our goal is that each member becomes a better singer, better musician, and better performer.
Great performing ensembles succeed through a combination of hard-work, dedication, love, and social connection. We believe the bonds of friendship we make as a sisterhood transfer to the unity of our sound. We strive to live our motto “In Venustas et Harmonium” (In Beauty and Harmony) - through our sisterhood and through our music. 

As a student organization, the mission of OWE is to create a “Sisterhood through Song.” Our executive board plans social activities, big & little sister connections, fundraisers, an annual banquet, and an annual performance tour.

For more information about Women's Ensemble, please contact:
Paul Mayhew
Assistant Professor of Music Education

Indian Music Ensemble


The Indian Music Ensemble is open to all students of the university and members of the greater Athens community. Students in the Indian Music Ensemble practice and perform South Indian classical music, also known as Karnatak music. In each class we sing for a half hour Karnatak melody called raga. For the remaining half hour we recite the Karnatak rhythmic language known as solkattu. The course follows the traditional progression that begins with basic exercises and leads to increasingly complex compositional forms from geethams and svarajathis to varnams, tillanas, and kritis. In the final classes of the semester students study the forms of improvisation known as alapanasvara kalpana, and neraval. Auditions are not required for participation in this ensemble. Though the class lays emphasis on singing, instrumentalists are encouraged to join and perform on their instruments. The group rehearses on Tuesday evenings from 6-7 p.m. and performs a concert at the end of the semester.

Garrett Field
Director of the Indian Music Ensemble

Student Organizations

The School of Music has an active student body with a rich history of participation in the numerous student organizations within the school. Students are especially encouraged to become involved in organizations related to the professional discipline in which they plan to pursue a career. Additionally, a number of honorary organizations are open by invitation, while still others are service in nature.

The following student organizations are active within the School of Music (links are to student organization pages and are not maintained by the School of Music):


  • American Choral Directors Association (ACDA)
  • American String Teachers Association (ASTA)
  • Collegiate National Association for Music Education (CNAfME)
  • American Music Therapy Association of Students (AMTAS)
  • Pi Kappa Lambda (honorary, selection made by the faculty)
  • Phi Mu Alpha
  • Sigma Alpha Iota
  • Kappa Kappa Psi
  • Singing Men of Ohio Student Organization
  • Tau Beta Sigma
  • University Singers Student Organization
  • Women's Ensemble Student Organization