The CU Boulder Bands program provides various performance opportunities for students, whatever their level or major field of study. The Concert Band is open to all CU students, regardless of major, with auditions held for seating and placement.
The College of Music is noted for its extensive chamber music programs. Various student ensembles are organized throughout the school year for strings, woodwinds, brasses, voices, and mixed media.
Our CU Boulder choirs perform approximately two concerts per semester and regularly collaborate with ensembles such as the CU Symphony Orchestra, CU Wind Symphony and The Boulder Philharmonic.
The Early Music Ensemble is devoted to the performance and study of music primarily from the 16th-18th centuries, with attention to period style, performance practices and historical context. It is also possible for students to work on solo repertoire.
Undergraduate and graduate students at the College of Music present several major productions each year in the Eklund Opera Program. These include fully staged and costumed operas and musicals.
Jazz ensembles offer students exposure to a variety of jazz styles through the rehearsal and performance of classic literature as well as the most current writing for jazz ensemble.
Pendulum presents some of CU’s best performers from all departments, premiering original music of CU composers. Every monthly concert also features a faculty or guest performance.
The CU Percussion Ensembles celebrate percussion in many ways, exploring the great works of the repertoire: Ionisation by Varèse, Chavez’s Toccata, Cage’s Amores and Constructions, Lou Harrisons Suite, and October Mountain by Hovhaness, among others.
The College of Music offers various world music ensembles each semester, open to any students who enroll in the corresponding classes. Each ensemble puts on one public recital each academic year in Grusin Music Hall.