Oregon Composers Forum
Robert Kyr, faculty advisor
The Oregon Composer's Forum is a group of graduate-student composers at the University of Oregon that is committed to the creation and performance of new music. The forum is designed to help prepare students for careers in composition through public presentations of their works, holding open rehearsals of newly composed pieces, actively discussing current issues in the world of composition, and hosting formal concerts of new music.
Margret Gries, director
The Collegium Musicum is a unique ensemble that specializes in the study and performance of Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque music. Students have the opportunity to sing and play music that is outside the common concert hall repertoire. Since the repertoire is vast and quite varied, sight reading is an important component of the class activities. The use of the University's collection of historic instruments is always an important element in the activities of this ensemble. Audition or instructor approval is required.
Laura Zaerr, director
Celtic Ensemble class molds together instruments and singers into a Celtic band, culminating in a performance in the Eugene community. They learn Gaelic waulking songs, port-a-beul, Welsh airs, Irish jigs and reels. All instruments are welcome, especially fiddle, flute, guitar, and harp. This is also an opportunity to learn to play a traditional instrument, like concertina, bodhran, or penny-whistle.
Student Ad Hoc Ensembles
Students are welcome and encouraged to found, manage, and participate in noncredit performing organizations. Ensembles may be overseen by a faculty member, but are independent of the UO School of Music and Dance. Examples include the Eugene Contemporary Chamber Ensemble (ECCE), the Sospiro vocal ensemble, and a cappella ensembles such as On the Rocks, Divisi, and Mind the Gap.