Ensemble Information

Music majors and minors have numerous opportunities to perform in one of the university's many ensembles every semester. The department maintains a symphony orchestra, a chamber choir, university choir, recording ensemble, percussion ensemble, and a jazz band. These ensembles are directed by full and part-time faculty who have established themselves as respected conductors at the local, regional, and national level. All these ensembles perform every semester and are open to members of the community as well as to students in all majors. Some require an audition.

Chamber Choir

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.

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


Metropolitan Youth Symphony Orchestra

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.

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


University Jazz Band

University Jazz Band is open to all students by audition. The group rehearses Thursday afternoons 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.

For More Information, contact:
Joel Moore
(815)836-5619
moorejo@lewisu.edu
Jazz Band


Recording Ensemble

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 typically meets Monday and Wednesdays.

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


University Choir

The Lewis University Choir is an SATB ensemble that specializes in early music and new music. Predominantly a community choir, 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. All choral singers with ability to read musical notation, previous choral experience, and interest in sacred early and new choral music are welcome.

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


Ensemble Scholarships

The Music Department also awards a select number of $1000 scholarships to students, regardless of major, to participate in various ensembles. These scholarships are awarded based upon an audition. To learn more about these scholarships, contact the Department of Music.