Music ensembles at University of Northwestern perform a wide variety of musical styles. Each ensemble has a unique personality that will move, encourage and entertain audiences. 

College Choir 

Vocal Ensembles

Learn more about the Northwestern Choir, Varsity Men's Chorus, Women's Chorale, Opera Workshop and Chamber Singers.


Instrumental Ensembles

Learn more about Orchestra, Symphonic Band, Jazz Ensemble and Chamber Ensembles.

Ensemble  auditions take place during fall orientation. Incoming students will  receive additional  ensemble audition sign-up information along with  their Student Orientation packet. See ensemble audition requirements.

Contact the Music Office at 651-631-5218 or 888-878-5514 to schedule an audition and receive  additional audition instructions.

Ensemble Auditions

You do not have to be a music major to be a member of any ensemble in the University of Northwestern Department of Music, but an entrance audition is required.

These ensembles require selective auditions:

  • Northwestern Choir
  • Orchestra
  • Symphonic Band
  • Jazz Ensemble
  • Chamber Singers
  • Chamber Ensembles 

These ensembles require placement auditions:

  • Varsity Men's Chorus
  • Women's Chorale