Did you know that almost 250 McMaster Students perform in our ensembles every year? Ensembles best exemplify Music at the School of the Arts. Through cooperation, passion, diversity, and collaborative music-making, the ensembles provide students across campus with an abundance of opportunities to share their talents, while broadening their musical interests and performance skills.
All of our ensembles explore a rich variety of musical styles and ranges, from large concert ensembles to smaller, intimate performing groups.
University Choir | Women’s Choir | Chamber Orchestra | Concert Band
Flute Ensemble | Jazz Band | Percussion Ensemble
Auditions are open to all McMaster students, irrespective of Faculty or Program and can be used for academic credit upon successful audition.
McMaster University Choir (1-4GC3) & McMaster Women’s Choir (1-4GW3)
The McMaster University Choirs (including the Women’s Choir) is made up of the McMaster University community, with a strong focus on academic and artistic excellence, musical proficiency, and personal growth. Comprised of students who specialize in fields as diverse as Science Rehabilitation, Economics Policy, Engineering, Nursing, Music Cognition, Music Performance, and Mathematics & Statistics, the McMaster University Choirs’ mission is to perform and create choral music with artistry and integrity.
Directed by Dr. Tracy Wong, the choirs focus on collaborations among students and faculty from all parts of campus. Students are encouraged to take the choirs for credit (not compulsory). We strive to grow as musicians weekly in order to come together for our annual concerts and various collaborative engagements – in March 2019, Women’s Choir performed with the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra. McMaster University Choirs are members of Choirs Ontario.
Check out McMaster University’s Daily News’ recent write-up on the choirs here.
University Choir Rehearsals: Tuesday 5:30 – 8:30pm
Women’s Choir Rehearsals: Thursday 5:30 – 8:30pm
Room: TSH 118
McMaster Chamber Orchestra (1-4GR3)
Specializing in exciting and inspiring repertoire, the McMaster Chamber Orchestra (MCO) provides musically talented students from across campus with the opportunity to develop their performance skills to a maximum. Rehearsing once a week under the baton of Dr. Matthew Woolhouse, the MCO puts on two concerts per year, typically in November and March of each academic year.
So, whether you are an aspiring soloist or more of a team player, if you have the time, dedication, drive and enthusiasm, and above all a passion for music, please consider signing up for one of our auditions via the link below. Students are actively encouraged to take MCO for credit, although this is not mandatory. The ensemble is open to anyone, regardless of degree program, and all instrument types will be considered.
Rehearsals: Monday 6:30 – 9:30pm
Room: LRW Concert Hall
Audition Information: September 6, 9, & 11, 2019. Click HERE to sign-up online.
McMaster Concert Band (1-4GB3)
The McMaster University Concert Band (MCB), under the direction of Joseph Resendes, has been a leading ensemble within the School of the Arts and the Hamilton community for over 45 years. The ensemble is comprised of 70+ enthusiastic and talented wind, brass, and percussion players belonging to various disciplines and degree programs across campus. It is our mission to prepare and perform quality wind band literature while providing our musicians with a rewarding artistic experience. This is accomplished through creative thematic programming, focused music proficiency, and meaningful collaborative experiences with other students, faculty, and guest artists.
Students are encouraged to take concert band for credit. The MCB rehearses once per week and performs 3 regular performances in addition to collaborative performances and community engagements that are scheduled throughout the year.
Whether you want to be challenged as a player or just want to have fun playing music, the McMaster University Concert Band will not disappoint! Auditions are open to all McMaster University students.
Previous Directors: Mr. Lee Hepner, Mr. Don Allen, Mr. Peter Hughes, Mr. Howard Cable, and Dr. Keith Kinder.
Rehearsals: Thursday 6:30 – 9:30 pm
Room: LRW Concert Hall
Audition Information: September 5, 6, 9, 10, 2019. Click HERE to sign-up.
McMaster University Flute Ensemble (1-4GF3)
The McMaster Flute Ensemble is a unique chamber ensemble formed by flutists from across all disciplines at the university. The group provides an opportunity for flutists to explore diverse repertoire from baroque to modern. With a full compliment of instruments from the flute family – including piccolos, alto and bass flutes – the ensemble has expansive possibilities of tone and expression.
Directed by Sara Traficante, Flute Instructor, McMaster University School of the Arts.
Rehearsals: Tuesdays 6:30 – 9:00pm
Room: TSH B124
Audition Information: September 5, 2019. Click HERE to sign-up online.
McMaster Jazz Band (1-4GJ3)
“Did you play in your high school jazz band and wish you could stay involved in music here at McMaster? Are you interested in learning something about jazz improvisation?
The McMaster University Jazz Band will be holding auditions for the following instruments: alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone, trombone, trumpet, guitar, piano, bass (electric or upright) and drums. Auditions are scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 5 from 3:30 to 9:30 pm in room B124 in the basement of Togo Salmon Hall.
The band rehearses each Wednesday evenings and plays a concert at the end of each semester in the L.R. Wilson Concert Hall.
Develop your skills in ensemble playing, sight reading, and jazz improvisation in a friendly and supportive environment – BIG FUN every Wednesday night!
Rehearsals: Wednesday 6:30 – 9:30pm
Room: LRW Concert Hall
Audition Information: September 4, 2019. Click HERE to sign-up online.
McMaster Percussion Ensemble (1-4GP3)
The McMaster Percussion Ensemble brings together a dynamic group of students from across campus sharing an interesting in drums. Our potential repertoire includes drum trios, transcriptions of well known musical works, solo features, and new repertoire exploring the boundaries of the percussive arts. The ensemble is open to anyone with a background in percussion (regardless of degree program) with permission of the director.
The group typically plays two on-campus concerts each year, with occasional off-campus performances. After a successful performance at last year’s Day of Percussion Festival in Toronto, the group has been invited back to the festival once again, which will take place on Jan 18-12, 2020 in Ottawa. This year-long course (1GP3, 2GP3, 3GP3, 4GP3) will rehearse Tuesday evenings 5:45-8:45. Students in the ensemble should be enrolled for credit.
For more information see www.maplelab.net/ensemble
Rehearsals: Tuesday 6:30 – 9:30pm
Room: LRW Concert Hall
Audition Information: September 3 & 5, 2019. Click HERE to sign-up online