The CU Boulder bands program provides various performance opportunities for students, whatever their level or major field of study. The CU Boulder Concert Band is open to all CU Boulder students, regardless of major, with auditions held for seating and placement.
The College of Music is widely known for its chamber music programs. Various student ensembles are organized throughout the school year for strings, woodwinds, brasses, voices and mixed media.
CU Boulder choirs perform approximately two concerts per semester and regularly collaborate with ensembles such as the CU Boulder Wind Symphony and CU Symphony, as well as the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra.
The CU Boulder 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. Students may also 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.
CU Boulder 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.
CU Boulder SoundWorks is a concert series-meets-forum for the creation and performance of new and original works by student composers, improvisers, performers and collaborators, as well as a space to celebrate works by living composers beyond our community.
CU Boulder percussion ensembles celebrate percussion in many ways, exploring the great works of the repertoire: “Amores and Construction” (Cage), “Toccata” (Chávez), “Suite” (Harrison), “October Mountain” (Hovhaness) and “Ionisation” (Varèse), among others.