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. Benjamin Firer
(815)836-5619
bfirer@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:
Leandro Lopez Varady
(815)836-5619
lopezvle@lewisu.edu
Jazz Band


Rock Band

Rock Band fosters the growth of both its members and its audience through contemporary popular music. By sharing the experience of making great music, we connect to other times, to other places, and to one another in mind and spirit. Our performances bring an awareness and understanding of that connection to our campus, community, and world.

For More Information, contact:
Robert Ferraris
(815)836-5619
ferrarro@lewisu.edu
Rock Band Ensemble


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
Altitude


Altitude Vocal Jazz

Altitude is an extra-curricular, non-credit ensemble of 8-12 singers specializing in close harmony and jazz singing. Singers develop vocal ensemble skills as well as the ability to sing on individual microphones. Enrollment in one other music department ensemble is required.

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


Gospel Choir

Gospel Choir welcomes all Lewis students who are interested in exploring and performing a variety of gospel music such as traditional a cappella hymns, anthems, spirituals to urban contemporary and inspirational songs. Gospel Choir is composed of a diverse group of singers and musicians, and a leadership team that helps with the planning of annual events, performances, and workshops. Although Gospel Music includes praise and worship songs, members are NOT required to be affiliated with a church or mandated to have a religious background. Participation in Gospel Choir helps build vocal and performance experience, team collaboration, and awareness of possible careers associated with the gospel and entertainment industry.

All members of Gospel Choir (singers and musicians) are expected to meet for weekly rehearsals on Mondays at 7pm and to participate in scheduled events or performances. A choir calendar will be provided monthly each semester and designated uniform attire should be followed.

For More Information, contact:
Zorriante Brown
(815)836-5619
zorriante@yahoo.com
Gospel Choir


Harmonic Uprising

Harmonic Uprising is a non-credit, student led and directed a cappella vocal ensemble.

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


Ensemble Scholarships

You don't have to be a music major to receive a music scholarship! The Music Department also awards a select number of scholarships to students, regardless of major, to participate in various ensembles. LEARN MORE!