From string quartets to jazz bands, indie rock to progressive metal ensembles, McNally Smith has dozens of musical ensembles to help our students advance their essential performance skills and techniques.
The Ensemble department at McNally Smith College of Music strives to bring together a diverse student body to broaden and develop their musical skill sets while exploring the wide range of contemporary music styles. Over twenty faculty members direct more than thirty groups, including six touring ensembles. In addition to winning awards at numerous national and regional festivals and competitions, our Premier ensembles have traveled as far as Peru and Guatemala.
McNally Smith Ensemble Requirements
McNally Smith students in all Music Performance programs are required to perform in an ensemble each semester they are enrolled at the College. Exceptions are granted on a case-by-case basis with Department head approval. Ensemble credit for professional ensemble experience is also a rare exception and only approved through the Academic Leadership Committee. Students enrolled in programs other than Music Performance are required to study in an ensemble for at least two semesters, and are encouraged to perform in an ensemble each semester.