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.
Hip Hop Ensemble
Hip Hop Ensemble brings together instrumentalists, emcees, DJs, and producers to create cover versions of classic tracks as well as original music in a variety of hip hop styles. The ensemble, which is open to both majors and non-majors, rehearses weekly and performs regularly at venues and special events both on and off the UO campus. Auditions are held at the beginning of each term that the ensemble is offered.
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.