Major Ensemble and Chamber Music Requirements

Approved 4-18-2016      

The Major ensembles of the Music Department are as follows:

MU 389:  Choral Union (open)

MU 386:  Marching Band (open, with instructor permission)  

MU394:   University Choir (by audition)

MU 390:  Wind Symphony (by audition)

MU 392:  Orchestra (by audition, and required of string majors)

MU 384:  Guitar Ensemble (required of guitar majors, instructor permission)

MU 391:  Concert Band (open, with instructor permission and audition)

Requirements by degree

BA: minimum of six (6) semesters of major ensembles

BME: minimum of seven (7) semesters of major ensembles

BM (orchestral strings, winds, percussion, and vocal): minimum of eight (8) semesters, plus MU299 or equivalent as required by degree (see below)

BM (composition): minimum of eight (8) semesters of major ensemble; two (2) semesters of MU 299

Ensemble participation guidelines:

Each major and degree plan requires a combination of major ensembles and chamber ensembles.  Specific area requirements can be found below.

Students are required to participate in an ensemble appropriate to their applied major performance area. 

Students on Scholarship may be required to participate in ensembles beyond the semesters reflected in the policy, as per their unique scholarship agreement.

Only one major ensemble per semester is counted toward the degree requirements (even if the student is in multiple ensembles in a given semester e.g.: marching band, wind symphony, orchestra).

For each required semester of ensemble participation, each student will audition for and participate in ensembles as determined by the ensemble directors and as required on scholarship contracts. 

Information by area:

Voice Majors are required to participate in major vocal ensembles.

BM Voice Majors are required to take six (6) semesters of MU299 or Chamber Choir or Opera Workshop to satisfy the chamber music requirement

Woodwind, Brass and Percussion Majors are required to participate in Marching Band or Wind Symphony in the fall semester and Concert Band or Wind Symphony in the spring.

Orchestral Strings Majorsare required to participate in University Orchestra

BM Instrumental Majors are required to take four (4) semesters of MU 299

BM Piano Majors: must take at least two (2) semesters of large ensemble/jazz/opera and six (6) semesters of MU299; BM piano majors are required to participate in an ensemble appropriate to their applied major performance area; participation in large ensemble/jazz/opera would be on piano, rather than a secondary instrument.

BME Piano (instrumental track) Majors: minimum of seven semesters of ensembles, including at least two semesters in a major ensemble (or jazz ensemble or opera workshop), with at least one semester on a secondary instrument

BME Piano (vocal track) Majors: seven semesters of ensembles, including at least two semesters singing in major vocal ensembles.

BA Piano Majors: six semesters of ensembles, including at least two semesters in major ensemble (or jazz ensemble or opera workshop)

BM Guitar Majors: six semesters of MU384 Guitar Ensemble, two semesters of other major ensemble, four semesters of MU299

BA Guitar Majors: four (4) semesters of MU 384 Guitar Ensemble plus two (2) semesters of another major ensemble

Contact

573.651.2141
bdelph@semo.edu
River Campus Seminary 254
Department of Music
One University Plaza, MS 7800
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701