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Cedarville University is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music.
Wind Symphony Band, Orchestra, Jazz Band, and Pep Band (no audition required for this group) are all active groups.
Our instrumental ensembles meet twice a week except Pep Band, which rehearses several times before the varsity basketball season.
The department of music and worship has an inventory of instruments that it rents to students who are members of an ensemble.
Auditions take place on Sunday of Getting Started Weekend, beginning at 1 p.m. Ask questions and sign up at the department table on Friday or Saturday during Getting Started or sign up at DMC 125. Refer to your Getting Started Arrival Guide for more information.
Auditions are intentionally casual and relaxed. Have a prepared piece of your choice ready (you may use a hymn or chorus). You'll be asked to play several major scales and to do some sight reading to demonstrate how well you read music. There will also be a short interview to get to know you. An audition is approximately 10 minutes.
Selected music is challenging and reflects variety. Due to the maturity of the players, music is learned faster in University ensembles than you're probably accustomed to in high school. Each group plays an exciting schedule of on- and off- campus concerts.
Most people are rusty in their playing so don't let that stop you! Our faculty and conductors have the ability to hear through that to a student's true talent.
No, our ensembles are open to any student, regardless of major. In fact, the majority of the members are non-music majors!
If you have any further questions, please contact Prof. Chet Jenkins by e-mail. We hope you will consider membership in at least one of Cedarville's fine instrumental ensembles! It is great way to meet people and use your God-given talent.