The primary focus of Performance Music at The University of Scranton is upon our student choral and instrumental performing ensembles. There is no major in music at The University of Scranton, and all enrolled Scranton students (undergraduate and graduate) are eligible for membership in the University Bands, University Performance Choirs, and University String Ensembles. Neither an audition nor enrollment fee is required for membership. A number of members of the faculty and staff, as well as alumni from the region, also perform with the groups. Hundreds of students participate in the ensembles each year.
Large ensembles include Concert/Symphonic Band, Concert Choir/Singers, String Orchestra, and Jazz Ensemble (big band format). Smaller groups are made up of members from within the large ensembles, and vary by semester, often including String Quartets, Flute Ensemble, Trombone Sextet, Brass Choir, Clarinet Ensemble, Jazz Combo, Percussion Ensemble, and small vocal groups in various formats. Solo, duo and trio performance opportunities are available to members of the ensembles through the semesterly General Recitals.
Other programs within the department, such as our guest artist concert programming, World Premiere Composition Series, The Nelhybel Collection, The Scranton Brass Seminar, and Scranton Brass Orchestra, closely coordinate programming with the student ensembles and offer unique opportunities for student musicians in the ensembles to hear, observe, interact and perform with a variety of world class musicians and artist-teachers.
High school juniors and seniors considering application to Scranton for future years are encouraged to contact Performance Music to arrange to sit in on a rehearsal, meet the staff, attend a concert, or tour the building.
WHAT MUSIC ARE THE LARGE ENSEMBLES PREPARING FOR PERFORMANCES IN SPRING 2020?
The remaining concerts in our spring 2020 season have been cancelled in compliance with the decision to close the university and cancel events on campus through the end of the semester in compliance with public health recommendations. Our audiences are important to us, and we promise to keep you “in the loop” on our programming plans as we move forward. If you would like to be added to our audience email list to be notified not only of next semester's concert information (as it becomes available) but also of any private or online performance or music education events we may be presenting and able to share with our audiences, please email your request to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you, and please stay safe!