Large Ensembles

The Department of Music offers a wide variety of performing ensembles: resident professional ensembles, faculty ensembles, student-run ensembles, as well as a number of ensembles in which professionals, faculty, and students work side-by-side. Information regarding auditions and rehearsal schedules can be found in each individual group's page. The vast majority of student ensembles are open to all students in the university, regardless of major.

  • 10/7/20
    The UB Symphony Orchestra–comprised of nearly 90 UB students of a variety of majors, professors and community members–is conducted by Music Director Rachel Lauber. The orchestra presents at least three public concerts in Lippes Concert Hall each year. Membership in the UB Symphony Orchestra is open to all UB students, faculty, and community members by audition. Auditions take place during the first week of classes of each semester.
  • 2/23/21
    UB Chorus is a large ensemble typically consisting of 50-200 singers. It is an amateur group meant for those interested in having a first singing experience, learning more about music through song, or looking to explore their voices and ensemble singing. It is a non-auditioned group, but members are required to be able to match pitch and have a basic understanding of music. Typical repertoire is beginner to intermediate level choral music meant to provide a fun learning experience. 
  • 2/23/21
    UB Choir is a large ensemble typically consisting of 30-60 singers. It is a collegiate-level group meant for those with prior singing experience, preferably prior choral or ensemble singing experience. Typical members are interested in high level ensemble singing, learning to blend and grow their voices in a mature choral environment, and singing challenging repertoire. It is an auditioned group and members are required to have music reading ability. Typical repertoire includes advanced choral music in both 4 and 8 parts, and the group often collaborates with the UB Orchestra to sing large works. 
  • 2/23/21
    UB Chamber Singers is a select ensemble of 8 voices, with one on a part SSAATTBB. It is a professional-level group meant for those who are serious about choral or solo singing as an element of their career. Members sing independently and with mature technique, and are individually coached on repertoire and performance practice. Typical repertoire includes advanced choral music for 4-8 voices from all eras. Members are required to participate in Choir to be eligible for Chamber Singers, and typically serve as section leaders in the choir. 
  • 10/7/20
    The UB Concert Band presents a wide variety of music, spanning from Wagner, Mozart, and Strauss to Ellington and Zappa. Open to students of all majors without any audition requirements, the UB Concert Band presents two concerts annually in Slee Concert Hall. The ensemble rehearses twice weekly.

For information about our Contemporary, Percussion, Chamber, Jazz, Open! String, Guitar and Opera ensembles, please visit Chamber Ensembles