Chamber Choir

For Audition Information, contact:
Jeremy Landig
(815)836-5619
landigje@lewisu.edu

Chamber Choir is a mixed chorus open to all students by audition. The group rehearses M-W from 4:00 to 5:15pm. In addition to representing the music department at events on and off campus, the choir performs a major concert at the end of each semester. As scheduling permits, the ensemble may travel to high schools in the Chicago area to give presentations, workshops, and programs.

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Metropolitan Youth Symphony Orchestra

For Audition Information, contact:
Dr. Lawrence Sisk
(815)836-5405
siskla@lewisu.edu

The Metropolitan Youth Symphony Orchestra (MYSO) seeks to promote and challenge talented orchestral musicians by providing an opportunity to perform repertoire of a wide variety of styles and historical periods with the goal of musical excellence. Membership in MYSO consists of junior high and high school students from surrounding communities as well as students from Joliet Junior College and Lewis University

MYSO performs several times throughout the year on and off campus.

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University Jazz Band

For Audition Information, contact:
Joel Moore
(815)836-5619

University Jazz Band is open to all students by audition. The group rehearses Thursday nights from 8-9:30pm in Ives Hall. In addition to representing the music department at events on and off campus, the jazz band performs a major concert at the end of each semester.


University Choir

For Audition Information, contact:
Dr. Lawrence Sisk
(815)836-5405
siskla@lewisu.edu


Lewis University Choir is an SATB ensemble that specializes in early music and new music. Rehearsals are held in Ives Hall on Tuesday evenings from 6:30 to 8:30. Performances, on and off-campus, are common throughout the academic year.

There are openings for singers in all sections (SATB) with:

  • The ability to sing on pitch and integrate their voices with the ensemble
  • Ability to read musical notation
  • Previous choral experience in high school, college, church, or community choirs
  • Ability to understand and carry out musical directions
  • Interest in serious choral music, particularly early music and new music
  • Commitment to the ensemble's rehearsal and performance schedule

  • Recording Ensemble

    For Information, contact:
    Dr. Mike McFerron
    (815)836-5857
    mcferrmi@lewisu.edu

    Recording Ensemble is a music recording and technology class available to all students at Lewis University. In this ensemble, students work on a collaborative creative project, learn about live sound reinforcement, produce music concerts and events, and record and archive concerts presented on campus. This ensemble meets Monday and Wednesday from 10-10:50am.

    Percussion Ensemble

    For Audition Information, contact:
    Terrance Peeples
    (815)836-5619

    photo credit: Kristina Powers

    Percussion Ensemble is a class that explores all things percussion. Students explore rhythm through diverse genres of music including ethnic world beats, jazz, concert, and others. In addition, students learn about chord structure, comping, and improvisation along with standard percussion techniques. Students perform on all types of percussion instruments from mallet instruments to ethnic instruments to concert instruments and everything in between.

    Jazz Combo

    For Audition Information, contact:
    Steve Jacobson
    (815)836-5415
    jacosteve@gmail.com

    The Jazz Combo is an ensemble that explores small group jazz literature, via a focus on the rhythmic, melodic and harmonic tools common to the genre, with an emphasis on improvisation. The ensemble is open to all students/instruments by audition only, meeting Tuesday afternoons from 3:30 to 5:00pm.

    Although the ultimate goal of the Jazz Combo is an end of semester recital, the ensemble is occasionally invited to perform both on and off campus.