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Whether you play an instrument or prefer vocal performance, the music department offers many opportunities for all students to participate in large or small ensembles.

You do not need to be a music major or minor to be in the ensembles. In fact, the majority of the students playing in the ensembles are not music majors or minors.

Academic credit is offered and there are no additional fees charged. Ensembles can be taken for 0 or 1 credit. There are regularly scheduled rehearsal times each week, and most groups perform two to three times each semester. Repertoire ranges from classical to jazz to Broadway. 

Please contact ensemble directors for more information, look for flyers posted in Tyler Hall at beginning of semester, OR simply go to the first scheduled class of the semester!

Choral Groups

MUS 295, SEC 610

Festival Chorus

Conductor: Benjamin May

Time: Mondays, 7-9pm

No audition required

MUS 292/492

College Choir

Conductor: Benjamin May

Time: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 11:30am–12:25pm

No audition required


Conductor: Benjamin May

Time: Tuesday, Thursday 1:50-2:45pm

Auditions held in Tyler 114
Tuesday, August 23, 2022

Instrumental Groups

MUS 290/490

Wind Ensemble

Conductor: Trevor Jorgensen

Time: Tuesday, Thursday 12:45–2:05pm

Auditions held in Tyler 50
Be present for first scheduled class

MUS 291/491

College Orchestra

Conductor: Juan La Manna

Time: Tuesday, Thursday 3:55–5:15pm

Audition required for group placement
Be present for first scheduled class

MUS 299, SEC 830

Oswego State Jazz Ensemble

Conductor: Eric Schmitz

Time: Tuesday, Thursday 2:20–3:40pm

Audition required
Be present for first scheduled class

MUS 495, SEC 800/940

Woodwind Quintet/Clarinet Quintet

Conductor: Debra Farden

Time: TBD

No audition required

MUS 295/495, SEC 620/630

Flute Ensemble

Conductor: Barbara Hildreth-Bridgers

Time: TBD

No audition required

MUS 295, SEC 660/670

Guitar Ensemble

Conductor: Rick Balestra

Time: TBD

No audition required

MUS 295, SEC 600/590

Percussion Ensemble

Conductor: Tom McGrath

Time: TBD

No audition required