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 a 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 to New York, New Orleans and as far as Peru and Guatemala.
Ensembles meet as regular classes. Based upon your program focus, the minimum number of ensembles needed to graduate range from 2 to 6. Many students choose to take more because ensembles also count as elective credits. All students, regardless of their major field of study, are encouraged to audition for ensembles that interest them.
Preparing for an ensemble audition
Scroll to the bottom of this page and select one of the ensembles that interest you. Click on the link to see information about the group and audition requirements. It will be clear if you are to prepare a specific piece of music, or just arrive at the audition and play by ear. If you plan to audition for more than one ensemble, be comfortable playing the music requirements for those groups.