Concert Ensembles

All-Campus Orchestra

Under the direction of Mark Miller, the All-Campus Orchestra is a large ensemble devoted to the study and performance of orchestral music. Literature is selected from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Modern periods. Recent performances have included compositions by Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky, Brahms, and Dvorak. Students learn bowing, articulation, breathing techniques, tuning procedures, acoustics, rhythm and meter, phrasing, and ensemble principles. Students also explore why each work was created and what makes it worthy of performance. The All-Campus Orchestra performs two formal concerts each semester.

Course Number: CFA MU 097 A1, CFA MU 197 A1 (1-Credit)
Course Time: Tuesday and Thursday from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Location: College of Fine Arts – Room 167

Concert Band

Under the direction of Dr. Jennifer Bill, the Boston University Concert Band is a large concert ensemble with participants throughout the Boston University community. The ensemble is open to all students wishing to continue making music throughout their collegiate years regardless of major. The Concert Band performs a diverse section of wind band repertoire ranging from traditional works to premieres and recent compositions by leading composers. In addition to performing two formal concerts each semester, the ensemble also participates in events such as the Concert Band Beanpot, an annual festival of local university and collegiate wind bands (with Boston University hosting the event in 2006, 2013, and 2017).

Course Number: CFA MU 092 A1, CFA MU 192 A1 (1-Credit)
Course Time: Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm.
Location: 300 Babcock St. Boston MA 02215

All-Campus Chamber Music

This All-Campus Chamber Music Class provides an opportunity for accomplished musicians from the greater Boston University community to develop their playing in a small-ensemble setting in addition to their participation in the larger All-Campus Ensembles. Open to non-music majors. Music majors seeking elective credit may also register with permission. Group placement will be determined based on the results of All-Campus auditions.

All Chamber Music groups will meet for two hours a week, one of those two hours will be with a sectional coach who will be assigned by the School of Music Faculty.

Course Number For Strings: CFA MU 090 A1, CFA MU 190 A1 (1-Credit)
Course Number for Winds, Brass, and Percussion: CFA MU 090 B1, CFA MU 190 B1 (1-Credit)
Course Number for Jazz (by Audition only): CFA MU 090 C1, CFA MU 190 C1 (1-Credit)

Handbell Ensemble

Under the direction of Dr. Leland Clarke, the Handbell Ensemble provides an opportunity for Boston University students to develop music literacy skills through study and performance of handchime and handbell ringing traditions. Although students are not required to read music notation before enrolling, this is primarily a performance course. Presentation of related areas of music history, music theory, and handbell culture and performance heritage contribute to a student’s ability to successfully perform handbell repertoire in a public concert at semester’s end.

The Handbell Ensembles (CFA MU 535) meets on Thursday from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm.