Membership in most Music Department ensembles is open to cross-campus students and community members by audition, and some can be taken for G1 credit by Millersville students with permission of the instructor. Music Department is engaging the community in a multitude of ways. Come and seize the opportunity!
The Orchestra is conducted by Dr. Vera Volchansky, is an ensemble dedicated to advancing the performance experience of its members and performs at least twice a semester.
Performing established repertoire as well as new and interesting music, the orchestra’s concerts will cultivate interdisciplinary connections, building a wide and varied audience.
All musicians interested in joining should contact the director at email@example.com. General education credit is available for non-music major Millersville University students.
The Concert Band cordially invites all interested woodwind, brass, percussion and string bass players to join our ensemble as regular members. Formerly known as the Millersville University Symphonic Band, the concert band comprises approximately 70 collegiate musicians from all majors on campus.
This organization provides concerts dedicated to performance of the finest concert band repertoire, and often features nationally recognized guest performers and conductors. This past year, while organized as the Millersville University Symphonic Band, the ensemble performed works by Malcolm Arnold, Vittorio Giannini, Dmitri Shostakovich, Jan van der Roost and others.
The goal of our organization is to provide members with the opportunity to pursue their musical interests in a congenial atmosphere. We strive to be “The Band of Choice”: the choice for musicians, special event planners and audiences alike. Musicians from all majors are welcome to join. Auditions are not required for membership, but will take place in order to finalize part assignments. General education credit is available.
The Wind Ensemble is Millersville University’s select wind and percussion performance group, made up of approximately 45 of the finest brass, woodwind and percussion players at the University. It is devoted entirely to original works for winds and percussion in the belief that the wind ensemble is an important and unique means of musical expression. The goal of every ensemble member is to play to his or her fullest potential, and to help the ensemble play to its fullest potential. Auditions are required for acceptance.
The Wind Ensemble performs the finest in advanced contemporary and traditional music for winds and percussion, and often features nationally recognized guest performers and conductors.
The University Choir is the largest ensemble at Millersville. A mixed ensemble of both men and women, the choir numbers around 80-100 singers and sings music from the vast history of the choral repertoire, focusing on masterpieces and modern composers. Performing widely on campus and in the greater community, past appearances have included conventions and festivals across central and western Pennsylvania, Carl Orff’s “Carmina Burana” with the University Orchestra, and collaborative efforts with groups such as the Bethlehem Bach Choir in a performance of J.S. Bach’s “B Minor Mass.” In addition to these choral masterworks, the University Choir premieres a new work each year, specifically written for them.
University Chorale reflects the high standards of the University community and the music department. Each year, Millersville's choirs perform a wide variety of challenging, stimulating and exciting repertoires, singing both on and off campus in concerts, tours, University events and at the annual holiday concert. Memberships in all ensembles is by audition.
University Women’s Chorus
Women's Chorus is a select group of approximately 24-30 women’s voices. Cantilena means “song,” specifically a work with a lovely, lyrical line, and is a perfect description for the finely sculpted sound these ladies produce. Founded in 2000 as the Millersville University Women’s Choir, Cantilena has given acclaimed performances both on and off campus, performing on music series and on tour throughout the region. There is a strong bond that forms among members of this choir which transcends music and often develops into lifelong friendships.
Marauder Men's Glee Club is the newest vocal ensemble at Millersville University. It was conceived as part of the great tradition of men’s collegiate singing. The club’s repertoire includes works written especially for them. The Marauder spirit is alive and well and the quality of the music speaks to the dedication of its members. The club’s motto, Semper fratres (always brothers), speaks to the sense of community that is a common feature in all our choral ensembles.
The Jazz Ensemble is comprised of 18-20 players based on a "big band" instrumentation. Members are chosen by audition each fall. The MUJE performs a wide range of music including classic swing, jazz standards, and contemporary fusion styles. Guest artists, who appear regularly with the band, have included Byron Stripling, Ernie Watts, John Fedchock, Larry McWilliams, Dean Sorenson, Ronald Carter, Sharrie Maricle, Chris Vadala, Dan Tepfer, Dave Sharp, Russ Peterson, Paul Haar, and Pete McGuinness.
Maintaining an active performance schedule, the MUJE has appeared on concerts sponsored by the Central Pennsylvania Friends of Jazz, the Villanova University Jazz Festival, and the Les Brown Jazz Festival. In February 2015, the MUJE will host Jazz Fest De 'Ville, which is a non-competitive invitational workshop for high school and middle school jazz bands. The Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Sextet performed at the Crescent City Jazz Festival in New Orleans in March 2012.
The Jazz Lab Band is an ensemble of flexible instrumentation (woodwinds, brasses, strings, piano, bass, drums, guitar) that accommodates a wide range of student experience levels. No previous jazz experience is required. Less experienced musicians develop reading and interpretation skills while more advanced players are given considerable opportunity to further develop their improvisational abilities. Varied opportunities for performance are available.
Marauder Marching Band brings to Millersville students the exciting music and spectacular effects of a corps-style collegiate marching band. The band performs at all left football games in addition to periodic appearances at away games and collegiate and high school marching band exhibitions. Membership is open to all students, regardless of major. There are no auditions for instrumentalists; color guards should contact the director for specific audition information.
Percussion Ensemble performs a wide array of repertoire including idic percussion ensemble literature, jazz percussion and world music styles and is credited with the premiers of many new works and arrangements for the medium.
Guitar Ensemble performs works for large ensemble, quartet, trio and duo, including arrangements written specifically for them. The ensemble’s repertoire ranges from the Renaissance through present day, and consists of idical, pop/rock, jazz and world music. They periodically perform with special guest artists, and have provided music for recitals and events at various venues along the East Coast of the United States.
Flute Ensemble performs a variety of concerts and church services from Philadelphia to Gettysburg. Repertoire includes standard material arranged for flute ensembles and a number of compositions that have been written and published specifically for the ensemble.
West African Dance and Drum Ensemble
West African Dance and Drum Ensemble is a product of a semester-long perspectives course designed to provide an in-depth analysis of West African culture and history focusing on musical traditions, pedagogical practices and musical aesthetics found in this region of the world. General introduction to the study of West African music and dance, the ethnomusicological approach and idification and symbolism of musical instruments is presented. Moreover, the process of musical innovation and acculturation in West Africa and the impact of technology and the communications media on traditional and contemporary musical styles are examined. A major component of the course is in its practical application of information learned. Students participate in learning traditional West African dance and drumming pieces studied in the idroom, thereby providing a unique opportunity for all students to understand experientially the unique musical styles and cultural aesthetics found throughout the region.