The Department of Music is committed to providing meaningful educational and artistic ensemble experiences. We invite all students from other academic disciplines who wish to continue their involvement in music performance to participate. Our ensembles are also open to qualified community members, alumni, faculty, and staff.
Continue below for more information about ensemble auditions/registration, applied music lessons, and practice room access.
Blending Traditional and Contemporary Ensemble Experiences
The Department of Music large ensembles include concert choir, symphony orchestra, symphonic winds, jazz ensembles, and the marching band. In addition to the large performing ensembles, students may choose to participate in specialized groups in Historical Performance (early music), small mixed groups in popular or traditional styles, jazz combos, various woodwind, brass or piano/string chamber ensembles, percussion or keyboard ensembles, and an unaccompanied vocal group. Studio ensembles in flute, horn, saxophone, guitar, and brass are also available to interested students.
Ensemble List by Category
Bands and Orchestras
Spartan Marching Band
Jazz Ensemble I
Jazz Ensemble II
Camerata Chamber Orchestra
Case Concert Choir
Case Men’s Glee Club
Baroque Chamber Ensembles
Early Music Singers
Klezmer Music Ensemble
Popular Music Ensemble
String & Piano Chamber Music
A handful of affiliated CIM faculty within the Joint Music Program coach additional studio classes. These include guitar (classical/jazz), horn, flute, brass, and saxophone. Students are typically enrolled in applied music lessons while enrolled in the corresponding studio ensemble. These classes do not fulfill primary ensemble requirements and require concurrent enrollment in either Symphony Orchestra, Camerata Chamber Orchestra or Symphonic Winds (excluding guitar). For more information, please contact:
- Guitar: Don Better
- Horn: Meghan Guegold
- Flute: Heidi Ruby-Kushious
- Brass Quintet: Loren Toplitz
- Saxophone: Greg Banaszak
- Brass/Woodwind Chamber Music: Cynthia Watson
CIM Ensemble Offerings
Auditions and Registration
Fall 2021 Auditions Week | August 23-27
Full auditions take place the first week of the fall semester. New members can also audition the first week of the spring semester. Audition and registration requirements are outlined on each Ensemble page.
Note: The Spartan Marching Band typically begins rehearsals one week prior to orientation. Visit the Marching Band page to find the Pre-Season Information Packet.
Did you know?
Most ensembles have variable credit hours between 0.00 and 1.00 units, which allows you to participate without exceeding 19 hours per semester.
Enrollment permissions are granted in SIS following a successful audition or after the first week of class. Once course permissions have been granted (before the drop/add period ends) students should return to their SIS account to register in the appropriate MUEN course.
Please make sure to attend our Ensembles Orientation during Discover Week. Follow the audition information for each ensemble by clicking on the group name from the Ensemble List menu option.
Follow the audition information for each ensemble by clicking on the group name from the Ensemble List menu option.
Music Majors (new and returning)
Undergraduate music majors auditioning on wind, brass, percussion and string instruments will receive an assigned audition time (held on Monday of the first week of class). Music majors auditioning on voice or piano should follow the audition information for each ensemble by clicking on the group name from the Ensemble List menu option.
Find your assigned time:
Building Access/Practice Rooms/Lockers
Please review our Music Facilities Policies & Procedures.
CWRU music majors and students enrolled in music ensembles (MUEN) or applied music lessons (MUAP) are provided access to Haydn Hall and/or Denison Hall practice rooms.
Instrumental Locker Policies and Requests
The Department of Music will make instrument storage lockers available to music majors and non-majors currently enrolled in official CWRU Department of Music sponsored ensembles, following established university guidelines and policies.
Building Card Swipe Access
All music majors and CWRU students enrolled in ensembles or lessons will automatically be activated for card swipe access to Denison Hall and Haydn Hall. Card swipe access will begin August 8 for music majors and on the Monday after drop/add for non-majors. During orientation week through drop/add, Denison Hall operates on extended hours (8am-10pm, every day) while Haydn Hall operates within standard business hours (8am-6pm, M-F).
Individuals who require building access but do not fall into the above categories can request card swipe access to Haydn Hall or Denison Hall by submitting the Music Building Access Request.
Operational Plans for the 2021-22 Academic Year
Please review the operational plans outlined in our Resources for Current Students.
Applied Music Lessons
Lessons registration for all students will take place between August 2-27.
All CWRU students can take applied music lessons (MUAP) for academic credit with affiliated CIM faculty members through our Joint Music Program.
- Incoming undergraduate music majors will receive notification of their studio placement from the music office in August. Each student will register for principal applied music lessons (MUAP 121) and Recital Class1. Students interested in secondary lessons should complete the Pre-Registration Form: Secondary Applied Music Lessons.
- Graduate or professional students in music must receive a lesson assignment from their faculty advisor before meeting with Jennifer Wright during orientation to register. Students interested in secondary lessons should complete the Pre-Registration Form: Secondary Applied Music Lessons.
- Non-majors and music minors should complete the Pre-Registration Form: Secondary Applied Music Lessons prior to August 27 (fall term) or January 10 (spring term).
- Students should make every effort to register for lessons in SIS and contact their CIM Instructor to schedule their weekly lessons time before the first week of class.
1) Recital Class, a required component of primary lessons for undergraduate music majors that meets every Wednesday, 3:20-4:10 PM in Harkness Chapel. Course delivery: in-person and asynchronous instruction. Students are required to perform once during the academic year and serve as stage managers the week following their performance.