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Performing Ensembles

Tufts Performance Ensembles and Groups
The Tufts Department of Music has over sixteen performing ensembles that any Tufts University student, regardless of school, major or discipline, can audition for and take part in. This includes:

  • Four vocal/choral groups:
    Chamber Singers, Concert Choir, Opera Ensemble, Gospel Choir
  • Five jazz bands:
    Tufts Jazz Orchestra (TJO), four small jazz ensembles led by faculty members
  • Three new music groups:
    New Music Ensemble (NME), Tufts Electronic Music Ensemble (EME), Tufts Composers
  • Four world music ensembles:
    Kiniwe - the West African Music and Dance Ensemble, Javanese Gamelan Ensemble, Klezmer Ensemble, Arabic Music Ensemble
  • Several orchestral, early music, and six chamber ensembles:
    Tufts Symphony Orchestra (TSO), Flute Ensemble, Early Music Ensemble, Chamber Music Program
  • Two bands:
    Wind Ensemble, Pep Band
Most of these ensembles require some form of audition in order to become a member of the group. Auditions are generally held during the first week of classes at the start of each semester. All ensembles can be taken for credit if so desired.

Audition information:

Ensemble Descriptions
Below are listings of the performing ensembles and their course information. While this information is updated each semester, for the most part, the requirements remain the same from year to year. Please not that this page is constantly being updated and that only a small few of our ensembles have their own web sites. If you have questions, visit the faculty page and email the appropriate facutly member with questions about his or her ensemble and its requirements. As we get more recent pictures, we will continue to shape and develop this page on the site.

PERFORMANCE COURSES - All performance courses may be repeated for credit. All ensembles are open to the Tufts community by audition.

Music 69-01, Tufts Concert Choir
Music 69-N, Tufts Concert Choir (No Credit)
Monday & Wednesday,4:30-5:45 PM (K+)

Auditioned ensemble of approximately 80 voices specializing in the performance of major works for chorus and orchestra, as well as other repertoire suitable for large chorus. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor. One-half course credit. Kirsch.

Music 70-01: Chamber Singers
Music 70-NC: Chamber Singers (No credit) Monday & Wednesday, 3:00-4:15 (I+)

Music for large vocal forces ranging from Bach to Bernstein, including major works in the Western canon, recent compositions, and arrangements of non-Western choral music. One-half course credit.: permission of instructor. One-half course credit. Kirsch.

Music 72-01: Gospel Choir
Music 72-N: Gospel Choir (No credit)
Friday 3:30-5:30pm (ARR)

Music 72-02: GC Sectional Monday 4:30-5:45 (K+)
Music 72-03: GC Sectional Tuesday 4:30-5:45 (L+)
Music 72-04: GC Sectional Wednesday 1:30-2:45 (G+)

The Gospel Choir is a student ensemble that performs works by traditional and contemporary gospel composers. Audition is required. One-half course credit. Coleman.

Music 74-01: Opera Ensemble
Music 74-N: Opera Ensemble (No credit)
Tuesday & Thursday, 4:30-6:30 pm (ARR)

Music for beginning opera singers with emphasis on development of musical skills, staging techniques, acting/singing skills and role interpretation. Performance of an opera scenes program, including solo arias at end of semester. Co-requisite: concurrent private vocal study for credit (MUS 68-01). One-half course credit. Mastrodomenico

Music 77-01: Tufts Jazz Orchestra
Music 77-N: Tufts Jazz Orchestra (No credit)
Tuesday & Thursday, 4:30-6:30 pm (ARR)

Jazz improvisation, instrumental and ensemble skills are developed through instrumental performance of classic jazz compositions and recent works. The elements of jazz, including swing rhythms, blues and other traditional song forms, and jazz melody and harmony, are introduced. One-half course credit. Smith.

Music 78-01: Jazz Improvisation Ensemble
Music 78-N: Jazz Improvisation Ensemble (No credit)
Monday, 6:45-9:45 pm (ARR)

Jazz improvisation, instrumental and ensemble skills are developed through instrumental performance of classic jazz compositions and recent works. The elements of jazz, including swing rhythms, blues and other traditional song forms, and jazz melody and harmony, are introduced. One-half course credit. Ahlstrand.

Music 78-02: Jazz Improvisation Ensemble
Music 78-N2: Jazz Improvisation Ensemble (No credit)
Wednesday, 6:45-9:45pm (ARR)

See Music 70-01. Aruda.

Music 78-03: Jazz Improvisation Ensemble Tuesday, 6:45-9:45pm (ARR)
Music 78-N3: Jazz Improvisation Ensemble (No credit)

See Music 70-01. Smith.

Music 80-01: Tufts Symphony Orchestra
Music 80-N: Tufts Symphony Orchestra (No credit)
Tuesday & Thursday, 4:30-5:45 pm (ARR)

Music ranging from the Baroque to the contemporary period. Major works for chorus and orchestra regularly undertaken with the University Chorale. One-half course credit. Page.

Music 83-01: Wind Ensemble
Music 83-N: Wind Ensemble (No credit)
Monday & Wednesday, 4:30-6:30 pm (ARR)

Performs classic band and wind ensemble literature as well as contemporary works. One-half course credit. McCann.

Music 84-01: Pep Band
Music 84-N: Pep Band (No credit)
Monday 6:45-9:45 pm, Friday 6:00-7:00 (ARR)

The Pep Band is open to all who wish to perform at football games and rallies. Fall only. One-half course credit. Schwehm.
*Not offered Spring 2010*

Music 86-01: New Music Ensemble
Music 86-N: New Music Ensemble (No credit)
Thursday, 4:00-6:00 pm (ARR)

The avant-garde think tank of ensembles! Repertory features recently written compositions by both professional and student composers; free improvisation; experimental performances on and off campus. One-half course credit. McDonald and Berman.

Music 87-01: Early Music Ensemble
Music 87-N: Early Music Ensemble (No credit)
Tuesdays 6:30-9:30pm (ARR)

Music of the fifteenth, sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries for a mixed ensemble of Renaissance instruments and voices with a concentration on a national style or theme by semester. Group instrumental instruction on viola da gamba, recorder, lute, harp, krummhorn, Renaissance flute and harpsichord with instruments available. Performance at end of semester. One-half course credit. Hershey.

Music 88-01: Flute Ensemble
Music 88-N: Flute Ensemble (No credit)
Monday, 7:15-8:45pm (ARR)

Composed of members of the flute family (piccolos, C-flutes, alto flute, bass flute). Performs music from several centuries and a wide variety of styles (Renaissance, Bach, Debussy, Joplin, avant-garde). One-half course credit. Barwell.

Music 89-01: Chamber Music Ensembles
Music 89-N: Chamber Music (No credit)

Study and coaching of selected works for small chamber ensembles. Audition required. For details, consult the Coordinator of Performance Studies. One-half course credit. E. Auner.

Music 91-01: African Music Ensemble (Kiniwe)
Music 91-N: African Music Ensemble (Kiniwe) (No Credit)
Tuesday & Thursday, 4:30-5:45 pm (L+)

Traditional percussion ensemble music and vocal music from West Africa. Performs on- and off-campus with Kiniwe Dancers (West African Dance class). Requires a two-semester commitment so that the ensemble can become good on this unfamiliar music. Fall semester emphasizes highly polyrhythmic music of the Ewe people. Prior musical experience is helpful but anyone with a good sense of rhythm and physical coordination may try out. Class membership is determined by auditions held during the first two days of class. One-half course credit; letter grade. Locke.

Music 92-01: Arabic Ensemble
Music 92-N: Arabic Ensemble (No credit)
Monday, 6:00-8:30 pm (ARR)

Both classical and folk musics will be covered. The maqam micro-tonal scale system will be applied to both Western and Arabic instruments. Improvisation, form, style, rhythmic cycles, as well as Arabic vocal diction will be taught. Some Arabic ouds (lutes) will be available if there is interest. One half-course credit. Roustom.

Music 93-01: Javanese Gamelan Ensemble
Music 93-N: Javanese Gamelan Ensemble (No credit)
Tuesday & Thursday, 6:30-8:00 pm (ARR)

Traditional repertory of Javanese court music played on an orchestra of gongs, chimes, and xylophones. Use of authentic instruments; no prior music performance experience required. One-half course credit. Drummond.

Music 95-01: Klezmer Ensemble
Music 95-N: Klezmer Ensemble (No credit)
Wednesday, 6:30-8:30 pm (ARR)

Klezmer music is the celebratory dance music of the Eastern European Ashkenaz Jews. Brought here by immigrants in the turn of the century, it became a great influence on American music. Together we explore the unique musical language of Klezmer, exploring repertoire of the old and new style, as well as the dance music of Israel, the Sephardic traditions, and Yiddish theater. One-half course credit. McLaughlin.

Saturday classes for children and adults
Ensemble Websites
Please visit the following Tufts ensemble websites:

Early Music Ensemble

Flute Ensemble

Wind Ensemble

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Wed-Fri: 9 am – 5 pm

Box Office Hours:
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Department of Music
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