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Ensemble Opportunities at EKU

No matter your major or your instrument, there are opportunites for you to continue your musical growth at EKU. Below are current ensemble opportunites. All ensembles are open to all students at the university, although some ensembles require an audition. Click here for a list of current class codes for Fall 2017 registration. 


Wind Ensemble ♦ Concert Band ♦ Marching Colonels ♦ Colonel Pep Band ♦ Symphony OrchestraString OrchestraEKU Choirs OperaEKos ♦ Guitar Ensemble ♦ Electric Guitar Ensemble ♦ Chamber Music


Wind Ensemble

The EKU Wind Ensemble is the premier wind band at Eastern Kentucky University and is conducted by Dr. Andrew J. Putnam, Director of Bands. Membership in the Wind Ensemble is selected by audition from among the finest wind and percussion players at the university. The ensemble performs diverse repertoire of the highest caliber, from chamber works to large ensemble pieces, and has a strong commitment to new music as well as the finest standard band repertoire. 

The Wind Ensemble meets on Tuesday/Thursday from 2:00-4:30pm.


Concert Band

The EKU Concert Band is a non-auditioned group for woodwind, brass and percussion performers conducted by Dr. Timothy Wiggins. All EKU students, including non-music majors, are encouraged to participate. Previous experience in high school band is desirable. The group presents two concerts per semester featuring the finest band literature.

The Concert Band meets Tuesday/Thursday from 4:30-5:45pm in the fall semester, and Monday/Wednesday/Friday from 3:45–5:00pm in the spring semester.


Marching Colonels

The EKU Marching Colonels have a long and distinguished tradition as one of the finest marching bands in the Commonwealth, and led undert the direction of Dr. Timothy Wiggins and Dr. Andrew Putnam. All students at EKU, regardless of major, are welcome to join the Marching Colonels. Each member of the Marching Colonels receives a stipend for participation. The course is open to wodwinds, brass, drumline, color guard and twirlers. Band Camp is August 15 to 20 (required, works with Big E Welcome events).

The Marching Colonels meet Monday/Wednesday/Friday form 3:45-5:45pm in the fall semester. 


Colonel Pep Band

The Colonel Pep Band is know as the biggest fans of EKU Colonels Men's and Women's Basketball as well as the Women's Volleyball teams. The ensemble cheers on our Colonels at most home games and travels to tournaments to represent and support our teams in the OVC. The pep band is open to all students, but requires an application and audition for admittance. Auditions are typically help during the first month of classes in the fall semester.

The Colonel Pep Band rehearses as needed and performs at approximately 20 home games during the Volleyball and Basketball seasons.


Symphony Orchestra

The EKU Symphony is the premier full orchestra at the university and is conducted by Prof. Jeremy Mulholland, Director of Orchestras. Membership in the Symphony is selected by audition from among the finest string, wind and percussion players at the university. The ensemble performs diverse repertoire of the highest caliber, with a focus on masterworks. 

The Symphony Orchestra meets Monday/Wednesday/Friday from 12:20-2:15pm. 


String Orchestra

The EKU String Orchestra is a non-auditioned group for string players across the university and is under the direction of Dr. Colleen Ferguson. All EKU students, including non-music majors, are encouraged to participate. Previous experience in high school is desirable. The group presents two concerts per semester featuring the finest string literature.

The String Orchestra meets Tuesday/Thursday from 4:30-5:45pm. 


Vocal Ensembles

The EKU choir program as a strong and vibrant group of ensemble opportunites for majors and non-majors alike, conducted by Dr. Richard Waters. All EKU students, including non-music majors, are encouraged to participate. Previous experience in high school is desirable. The groups typically present two concerts per semester. Chamber Singers is the top small ensemble for vocalists. University Singers is the large auditioned choir, performing a variety of literature, including choral masterworks. Concert Choir is the non-auditioned ensemble open to all majors. EKU Opera is an auditioned chamber ensemble that presents a full stage production each spring, and Ekos is the School of Music's auditioned a cappella ensemble.

  • Chamber Singers meets Monday/Wednesday from 3:35-4:25pm.

  • University Singers meets Monday/Wednesday from 2:30-3:20pm AND Tuesday/Thursday from 2:00-3:15pm.

  • Concer Choir meets Monday/Wednesday/Friday from 12:20-1:10pm. 

  • Opera meets Tuesday/Thursday from 2:30-5:30pm.

  • Ekos meeting times are TBA, but will meet once per week. 


Guitar Ensembles

The EKU Guitar Ensemble regularly performs at festivals where they have shared the stage with virtuoso such as William Kanengiser and The Los Angeles Guitar Quartet. Guitar ensembles are under the directino of Dr. Dennis Davis. The EKU Guitar Program is very forward thinking and embraces contemporary styles of guitar along side established traditional styles and genres that, without doubt, define and formulate the instrument's fundamental core and most essential techniques. 

  • Acoustic Guitar Ensemble meets Tuesday/Thursday from 3:30-5:30pm
  • Electric Guitar Ensemble meets Monday/Wednesday from 2:30-3:15pm

Chamber Ensembles

EKU offers a large variety of like-instrument, traditional and non-traditional mixed chamber ensembles for every instrument grouping. Chamber music is a vital part of musical development and the experience is a critical componenet of how musicians interact in the professional world. Chamber ensembles meet at varied times during the week. Please contact the applied professor of your instrument to discuss interest in performing in a chamber ensemble. 


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