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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.  


Wind Ensemble ♦ Concert Band ♦ Marching Colonels ♦ Maroon Machine (Colonels 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 Putnam. 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, with a strong commitment to new music, as well as the finest in standard wind repertoire. 

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


Concert Band

The EKU Concert Band is a non-auditioned group for woodwind, brass and percussion performers. 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 to 5:45pm in the fall semester, and Monday/Wednesday/Friday from 3:45 to 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 is under the direction of Dr. Timothy Wiggins. All students at EKU, regardless of major, are welcome to join the Marching Colonels. Each member of the Marching Colonels receives a scholarship for participation. The course is open to wodwinds, brass, drumline, color guard and twirlers. The required Marching Colonels Band Camp is during the week before fall classes begin (see the Marching Colonels page for more information).

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


Symphony Orchestra

The EKU Symphony is the premier full orchestra at the university and is conducted by Prof. Jeremy Mulholland. 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. 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 direction 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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