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Ensembles @ BYU-Idaho


Get involved and share your talents by joining a BYU-Idaho ensemble. We offer a wide variety of experiences including choirs, bands, orchestras, jazz and chamber ensembles, and most groups are open to non-music majors. Some ensembles require an audition. See below for details and contact information.

Ensemble Auditions Information

Join the choirs at BYU-Idaho! With seven official ensembles, there is a choir for everyone, regardless of your initial singing ability! Our choirs perform regularly with guest artists such as the King's Singers, David Archuleta and Alex Boyé. BYU-Idaho choirs also appear on Music and the Spoken Word, at General Conference, and on tour in the United States and internationally.


Enjoy this video preview of the BYU-Idaho choral experience!

AUDITIONS are held 2-3 days before classes start each semester.
Dates, information, and to sign up for an audition time

Collegiate Singers (Advanced) MUS 319

Collegiate Singers, conducted by Dr. Randall Kempton, comprises 40-45 of some of the finest singer/musicians on campus. This group offers both singers and audience members a life-changing experience with a wide variety of challenging choral music. Collegiate Singers tours every other year and gives many on- and off-campus performances and has appeared at conferences of the American Choral Directors Association and as a guest choir on Music and the Spoken Word with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Concurrent enrollment in voice lessons is strongly recommended. Acceptance is by audition and/or permission of the instructor. Prepare a memorized song or hymn (60-90 seconds) to audition.
For further information, please contact choralassistant@byui.edu.
Rehearsals: M-F 12:45-1:45 SNO269
Collegiate Singers







Vocal Union (Advanced, Jazz) MUS 318

Vocal Union, conducted by Nori Brower, is a 12-voice mixed ensemble specializing in close harmony and vocal jazz. This ensemble participates in many on and off-campus performances, joint concerts with BYU-Idaho Sound Alliance, and tours throughout Canada, the U.S. and Latin America. Vocal Union provides audiences with quality entertainment while giving its student performers a rich experience in complex rhythms and harmonies, stage, and microphone technique. Concurrent enrollment in voice lessons is strongly recommended.

Audition is required. Interested applicants should prepare a 60 second excerpt of a jazz standard that demonstrates their best vocal range, performance, and ability. Any attempts at "stylizing" the piece (scoops, slides, etc.) should demonstrate good musical taste. In addition, you may be asked to sight-read a short melody and/or rhythm.
For additional information, contact Nori Brower.
Rehearsals: MWF 2-4:15 SNO153
Vocal Union







Concert Choir (Intermediate-Advanced) MUS 314

Concert Choir, conducted by Dr. Eda Ashby, is an auditioned choir of 70+ mixed voices. The focus of the ensemble is to experience the joy and deep learning of preparing and sharing a rich musical experience through the medium of choral music. In addition to regular on-campus choral performances, Concert Choir frequently provides special music numbers for campus-wide devotionals, and often joins with instrumental ensembles in collaborative music works and presentations such as A BYU-Idaho Christmas, BYU-Idaho's Sacred Music Commission Series, and choral masterworks. Concurrent enrollment in voice lessons is strongly recommended.

Acceptance is by audition and/or permission of the instructor. At the auditions there will be a range and skills check, and some sight-reading. Specific excerpts will be given for call backs.
For further information, please contact choralassistant@byui.edu.
Rehearsals: MWF 11:30-12:30 SNO269


Men's Choir & Women's Choir (Intermediate) MUS 315 & 316

The Men's & Women's Combined Choir, conducted by Dr. Rebecca Lord, is a large auditioned choir of 150-220 voices. The thrilling sound of this ensemble is frequently heard in campus-wide devotionals, Christmas and Patriotic shows in the I-Center, and in collaboration with other performing groups on campus. Repertoire ranges from choral classics by Haydn and Mozart to the best of Broadway and popular a cappella. A large focus is placed on musical nuance, expressivity, diction, and beautiful singing through rigorous work on vocal technique. The Men's and Women's Combined choir separates annually for the wildly popular BYU-Idaho Barbershop Festival. Concurrent enrollment in voice lessons is recommended.

Acceptance is by audition and/or permission of the instructor. At the auditions there will be a range and skills check. A solo song is not required. For further information, please contact choralassistant@byui.edu. Rehearsals: MWF 3:15-4:15 SNO269


Women's Glee (Beginner-Intermediate) MUS 313

Women's Glee, conducted by Atina Coates, is an all-female open-enrollment choir of 50-160 voices, designed for women interested in singing 2, 3, and 4-part harmony together. The repertoire ranges from sacred hymns and spirituals to classic popular songs from th3 1950's and 1960's, and from serious classical music to traditional and modern choral literature. In this course students focus on improving their talents, and serving others and the Lord through music. Members enjoy singing as they rehearse and perform in campus concerts and university devotionals. Highlights from past and future seasons include singing with the Women's Choir for a regional fireside broadcast, performing with Collegiate Singers, RixStix Percussion ensemble, and the Bluegrass Ensemble. No audition required. Register now for Music 313.
For further information, please contact choralassistant@byui.edu.
Rehearsals: MWF from 2-3pm
Women's Glee







Opera Workshop MUS 317

The Opera Workshop class produces a program of operatic scenes, ranging from small scenes with solos, duets and small ensembles to large scenes with full opera chorus. Programs include a great variety of scenes including Classical, Romantic, and modern operas, featuring members of the class as soloists and chorus members.
Audition is required - contact Dr. David Olsen for more information.
Opera Workshop




Symphony Band MUS 331

Symphony Band represents the finest wind and percussion students on campus. The ensemble tours both domestically and internationally and is open to all students regardless of major. Audition is required.
Symphony Band






University Band MUS 329


University Band is open to all interested students regardless of major. The ensemble enriches the musical experience of those who wish to continue their band experience while pursuing a degree program outside music. No audition is required.
University Band



Symphony Orchestra MUS 342

The Symphony Orchestra is BYU-Idaho's premier orchestral ensemble, comprised of select string, wind, brass and percussion students. Performing standard orchestral repertoire, the Symphony regularly collaborates with university choirs in special projects and performance tours. Audition is required.
Symphony Orchestra






Sinfonietta MUS 341

Sinfonietta is BYU-Idaho's top chamber orchestra, consisting of select string, wind, and percussion students. It is also the Department's touring orchestra, embarking on performance tours every 2 years, both domestically and abroad. Audition is required.
Sinfonietta






Baroque Ensemble MUS 339

Baroque Ensemble provides the serious music student the opportunity to study and perform literature from the 17th and 18th centuries using the University's collection of baroque instruments. Audition is required.
Baroque Ensemble







University Orchestra MUS 340

Open to all interested students regardless of major, University Orchestra is a large string ensemble designed to provide a challenging and fulfilling musical experience. No audition is required.
University Orchestra

Sound Alliance MUS 330

Sound Alliance is BYU-Idaho's premier jazz ensemble performing styles from Basie, Ellington and Fletcher Henderson through Thad Jones, Bob Mintzer and John Clayton. The group participates in festival competition, performs with guest artists, and tours both domestically and internationally. Open to all students regardless of major. Audition required.
Sound Alliance






Vocal Union MUS 318


Vocal Union is a 12-voice mixed ensemble specializing in close harmony and vocal jazz. This ensemble participates in many on and off-campus performances, joint concerts with BYU-Idaho Sound Alliance, and tours throughout Canada, the U.S. and Latin America. Concurrent enrollment in voice lessons is strongly recommended. Audition is required.
Vocal Union






Jazz Combos MUS 324


Jazz Combos provide students the opportunity to learn and cultivate traditional and contemporary jazz art skills. Students develop improvisational solo technique - an opportunity often unavailable in larger jazz ensembles. Audition is required.
Jazz Combos






Jazz Lab Band MUS 328

The Jazz Lab Band is a large ensemble open to music majors and non-music majors. A full curriculum is provided to help students learn the fundamentals of jazz. The group performs each semester. Audition is required.
Jazz Lab Band



RixStix Percussion Ensemble MUS 325

Open to music majors and non-music majors, RixStix offers student percussionists a variety of ensemble experiences including full percussion ensemble, drumline, handbell choir, and steel band. Contact Dr. David Taylor for specific information, including audition information.



Chamber Winds MUS 343A

Chamber Winds is comprised of select woodwind and French horn students performing challenging selections from the chamber music repertoire, as well as opportunities to participate in Sinfonietta, musicals and opera performances. Both majors and non-majors are invited to participate. Audition is required.
Chamber Winds







Chamber Brass MUS 343B


Chamber Brass includes a select group of brass players performing challenging selections from the chamber music repertoire. Students also participate in Sinfonietta, musicals, and opera performances. Audition is required.
Chamber Brass






Chamber Strings MUS 341


Chamber Strings offers select string students opportunities to explore string chamber music in quartets, quintets and/or trios, as well as chamber orchestra repertoire in the Sinfonietta. The course regularly includes a week-long professional string quartet residency. Audition is required.
Chamber Strings






Flute Ensemble MUS 346


Flute Ensemble includes students playing flute, piccolo, alto flute, and bass flute. The ensemble is open to students of any major with any amount of experience playing the flute. No audition is required.
Flute Ensemble






Saxophone Ensemble MUS 348


Saxophone Ensemble is open to any saxophonist who wishes to participate. Students experience quartets as well as larger choir-like groupings, focusing on classical and jazz genres. No audition is required.

Collaborative Piano MUS 362

This course is designed for piano music majors and qualified non-majors for the improvement of duet/duo, vocal, and instrumental collaboration skills. Contact Stephen Thomas for more information.


Harp Ensemble MUS 345
Harp Ensemble provides a wonderful opportunity to collaborate with other harpists, studying and performing a wide variety of music. No audition is required. Contact Shari Pack for more information.


Bluegrass Ensemble MUS 344
In this group, students will learn a variety of folk music, singing harmonies and playing instruments: fiddle, mandolin, banjo, guitar, bass, or bass guitar. Permission needed from instructor. Contact Ben Matthews for more information.