Celtic Ensemble - Laura Zaerr, director
The 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.
Collegium Musicum - Marc Vanscheeuwijck, 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.
Composer's Forum - Rob 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.
East European Folk Music Ensemble - Mark Levy, director
East European Folk Music Ensemble Instrumentalists are invited to join this performance ensemble to learn South Slavic and Rom (Gypsy) dance music from the Balkans (especially Bulgaria and Macedonia), as well as village and urban folk music from neighboring regions of Eastern Europe. Students are exposed to melodic modes, melodic ornamentation, and metric patterns not generally found in Euro-American classical or popular traditions. Instrumentalists learn to improvise within these modal and rhythmic frameworks.
The course is open to anyone (music majors and non-majors) who has playing ability on any of the following instruments: any brass instrument (trumpet, cornet, baritone horn, trombone, tuba, etc.), clarinet, saxophone, violin, accordion, drums, and acoustic or electric guitar and bass. Other instruments may also be appropriate.
Student Ad Hoc Ensembles
This is a sampling of noncredit student managed performing organizations overseen by a faculty member.
Divisi is the only women's a cappella group at the University of Oregon. Divisi performs weekly in the EMU amphitheatre for UO students and have also performed up and down the East and West coasts.
Eugene Contemporary Chamber Ensemble
ECCE (Eugene Contemporary Chamber Ensemble) is an ensemble founded in Fall 2005 in the University of Oregon. Formed exclusively by students, it is a group that dedicates to performing music of the 20th and the 21st century.
Mind the Gap
Mind the Gap is a co-ed a cappella group composed of undergraduate and graduate students founded in 2007. Mind the Gap performs on Fridays in the EMU amphitheatre.
On The Rocks
University of Oregon's On the Rocks was established to satisfy a hunger for a cappella music, with the goal of establishing a permanent musical tradition at the University of Oregon. On the Rocks performs many different musical styles, ranging from current pop hits to R&B to classical compositions.
Sospiro is a new music vocal ensemble comprised of graduate and undergraduate students at the University of Oregon. Graduate and undergraduate composers at UO collaborate with the choral conducting department in an effort to promote the creation of new choral and vocal music and to offer choral conductors and composers the opportunity to work together toward world premiere performances.