The University of Saskatchewan Department of Music is proud to have world-class ensembles rehearsing and performing right here on the USASK campus! Ensembles are open to all USASK students, music majors and non-music majors alike. Some groups require an audition, while others are open to students of all skill levels.
Worried about auditioning? Don’t stress – our directors and conductors are friendly and fully support you during the audition process. Come on down to the Education building and make some music!
Students participating in ensembles may register for 1 c.u. or 0 c.u. (pass/fail). Note: USASK students may not participate in an ensemble without registering in one of these options. B.Mus. students must follow their program of study and register for the requisite number of 1 c.u. ensembles (paying close attention to the ensemble type(s) required in their particular degree stream). Non-B.Mus. students and B.Mus. students who have fulfilled their ensemble requirements may choose to register for any of our “A” or “B” ensembles, each with a 0 or 1 c.u weighting. If a student completes three 1 c.u. ensembles over and above their ensemble requirements, the credits earned can be used to fulfill an open arts elective.
All ensemble auditions will take place during the first week of classes. All B.Mus. students are required to first audition for the ‘A’ Ensemble area that best matches their primary instrument (i.e. woodwind players will audition for the band area comprised of Wind Orchestra and Concert Band, voice majors will audition for the choral area comprised of Greystone Singers and University Chorus, bowed string players will audition for Symphony Orchestra). Piano and guitar majors may select whichever ensemble area best matches their abilities and/or interests. Students may then choose to audition for any of the other auditioned ensembles that are of interest and fit in their schedule.