OWU offers a diverse array of vocal and instrumental performing opportunities open to all students. Whether you have years of musical expertise or you’re seeking something new, OWU has a music experience for you.
Click on the links below for more information about various music ensembles and how to get involved or learn more about the Performing Arts at OWU. The ensembles meet at the following times:
|Instrumental Ensemble Rehearsal Schedule||Vocal Ensemble Rehearsal Schedule|
|Chamber Orchestra (MUSP 005)
Thursdays from 7–9:30 p.m.
Wednesdays from 8–9 p.m. (string sectional)
|Chamber Choir (MUSP 014)
Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30-5:30 p.m.
|Marching Band (MUSP 017)
Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 4:30-6 p.m.
|Choral Art Society (MUSP 001)
Tuesdays from 6–8 p.m.
Thursdays from 6-7 p.m.
|Park Avenue Jazz Ensemble (MUSP 003)
Mondays from 6:30–9 p.m.
|Music Theater Workshop (MUSP 011)
Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 4:30–6:30 p.m.
|Symphonic Wind Ensemble (MUSP 002)
Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:15–5:45 p.m.
Membership in the OWU Chamber Orchestra is open to all qualified OWU students on string, woodwind, brass, and percussion instruments. We perform one concert per semester featuring a wide range of repertoire from Bach and Mozart to Tchaikovsky and Stravinsky.
Marching Bishops Band
Become part of an OWU tradition open to all students! The Marching Bishops use a hybrid of corps and military style marching traditions featuring woodwinds, brass, percussion, and color guard. Our music style features rock, blues, hip hop, eclectic punk pop, and upbeat high energy tunes.
Park Avenue Jazz Ensemble
Park Avenue Jazz Ensemble, directed by Dr. Larry Griffin, is comprised of students who wish to further their musical experience through jazz performance and study. The ensemble primarily functions as a big band with combos arranged from the band. The Park Avenue Jazz Ensemble rehearses 4-5 hours per week, performing on campus as well as for a number of off-campus events. Membership is open to all University students by audition.
Symphonic Wind Ensemble
The OWU Symphonic Wind Ensemble consists of students from all majors performing a wide range of artistically enriching music from both traditional and modern repertoire. We offer two concerts per semester and regularly rehearse MWF from 4:15-5:30 p.m. in Sanborn Hall.
Choral Art Society & Chamber Choir
The OWU Choral Art Society is a large ensemble of 45-70 singers open to all OWU students by audition, regardless of major. We perform a variety of sacred and secular choral literature, including choral/orchestral works. Choral Art Society sings regularly on campus and normally tours within the central Ohio area once a year.
The Chamber Choir is a select ensemble of 20-26 members performing repertoire from many styles, with special emphasis on Renaissance, Baroque and modern music.
Note: Chamber Choir is on hiatus for the 2021-2022 academic year and will be offered again in the 2022-2023 academic year.
Music Theater Workshop
Music Theater Workshop is an integral component of the vocal performance curriculum at OWU and provides operatic and musical theater experiences essential to all undergraduate voice majors. The class focuses on role preparation, acting technique, stage movement, and effective auditioning. Each year this select ensemble performs programs of scenes from opera, operetta, and musical theater, as well as occasionally mounting fully-staged productions with orchestra.