• A CCU ensemble performs at a church

    School of Music Ensembles

    Ensemble participation is an important part of the music program at Colorado Christian University. Credits from ensemble participation can go toward a major or minor in music or can be elective credit for any major in the College of Undergraduate Studies at CCU. Ensembles emphasize excellence in developing music skills as part of an overall commitment to academic excellence. The CCU music ensembles integrate music and performance with the Christian faith by developing thoughtful Christian perspectives and a committed stewardship of artistic gifts and opportunities. Major ensembles tour regionally and nationally on a yearly basis. In addition, major ensemble tours count toward University ministry hours required for graduation.

    Believing that all creative and artistic expression is an echo of the Creator, music ensembles are an opportunity for you to grow in stewardship of your God-given gifts and musical talents. The School of Music stresses musical excellence and well-prepared performances.

    University Choir

    University Choir

    The University Choir is a select large ensemble dedicated to the performance of vocal masterworks from all musical styles and periods. University Choir is an opportunity for students to grow in stewardship of God-given gifts and musical talents. Musical excellence and well-prepared performances are stressed. The University Choir tours and records annually and presents multiple concerts each year. Auditions for University Choir are held at the beginning of the fall semester.

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    Appletree

    Hold On

    Janger

    My Soul

    Plaudite

    Se Per

    Wind Ensemble

    University Wind Ensemble

    The University Wind Ensemble is a select large ensemble for woodwinds, brass and percussion, oriented towards the performance of a wide range of music for the modern wind band, including transcriptions, standard literature, popular music, and sacred music for band. Wind Ensemble is an opportunity for students to grow in stewardship of God-given gifts and musical talents. Musical excellence and well-prepared performances are stressed. The University Wind Ensemble tours and records annually and presents multiple concerts each year. Auditions for University Wind Ensemble are held at the beginning of the fall semester.

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    Amazing Grace

    American Salute

    Benediction

    Fugue in G minor

    Go

    Lincolnshire Posy

    Chamber Orchestra

    University Chamber Orchestra

    The University Chamber Orchestra is select instrumental ensemble in conjunction with the Lakewood Symphony Orchestra featuring string and wind instruments that performs a variety of traditional and contemporary literature for community audiences.

    Chamber strings players

    Chamber Strings

    The University Chamber Strings ensemble is comprised of violinists, violists, cellists, and double bassists performing varied music for small groups; including works from the standard chamber music literature, jazz and popular music, as well as sacred music for strings. Chamber Strings provides an opportunity for students to develop and express their God-given gifts and musical talents. Musical excellence, collaboration, and engaging and varied performances are stressed. The Chamber Strings do a number of outreach performances annually.

    Women's Choir

    University Women's Choir

    The University Women’s Choir is a select large ensemble dedicated to the performance of vocal masterworks from all musical styles and periods. University Women’s Choir is an opportunity for students to grow in stewardship of God-given gifts and musical talents. Musical excellence and well-prepared performances are stressed. The University Women’s Choir tours and records annually and presents multiple concerts each year. Auditions for University Women’s Choir are held at the beginning of the fall semester.

    Men's Chorus

    University Men's Chorus

    The Men’s Chorus performs music of many style periods and genres with an emphasis on contemporary inspirational and glee club literature. Performance opportunities for this non-auditioned group include concerts and outreach events for CCU. Men from across the campus community are encouraged to participate in this singing fellowship and ministry outreach.

    Jazz member performing a song

    Vocal Jazz Ensemble

    The Vocal Jazz Ensemble is a select small ensemble that studies and performs a wide variety of jazz styles including traditional big band, contemporary jazz, the blues, scat singing, vocalise, interpretation of jazz standards, and more. Special emphasis is placed on developing ensemble skills and performing in the jazz style. Participation in the Vocal Jazz Ensemble is an opportunity to grow in the stewardship of God-given gifts and musical talents. Auditions for Vocal Jazz Ensemble are held at the beginning of the fall semester.

    Mainstream Jazz ensemble members

    Mainstream (Instrumental Jazz)

    Mainstream is a select small ensemble that is oriented toward the study and performance of a wide variety of jazz styles, including traditional big band, contemporary jazz, the blues, bebop, interpretation of jazz standards, and more. Participation in Mainstream is an opportunity to grow in the stewardship of God-given gifts and musical talents. Auditions for Mainstream are held at the beginning of the fall semester.

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    Worship Ensemble leading worship during chapel

    University Worship Ensemble

    The University Worship Ensemble is an ensemble dedicated to training students in the art of leading worship and the craft of leading a worship ensemble. Special emphasis will be given to balancing musical excellence with spiritual formation. The Worship ensemble will draw from sacred repertoire spanning a broad range of worship and musical styles.

    Handbell ensemble member holding two bells

    Handbell Ensemble

    The Handbell Ensemble is a performing ensemble that also focuses on developing rehearsal, conducting, and performance skills. Along with concert performance, students work in the areas of ringing technique development and pedagogy, instrument care and maintenance, rhythm reading, score reading, and conducting. Musical excellence, collaboration, and engaging and varied performances are stressed. The Handbell Ensemble does a number of outreach performances annually.

    CCU Drumline performing at My Generation

    Drumline

    Drumline offers students wanting to pursue field percussion an opportunity to develop their talent and perform at various CCU athletic events.

    Dance ensemble members dance during a recital

    Dance Ensemble

    The Dance/Stage Movement class learns techniques applicable to theatre productions. They culminate each semester with a performance for the community!

    Music Theatre students in costume for a performance

    Music Theatre/Opera Workshop

    The Music Theatre/Opera Workshop is a performing ensemble, class sessions are predominantly preparations for auditions and performance of solo and ensemble scene excerpts from musical theatre and/or opera. Class sessions will include music rehearsal, vocal coaching, basic acting, stage movement, and auditioning techniques and portfolio.

    Other Ensembles

    Other ensembles, such as the Vocal Chamber Ensemble and small instrumental ensembles are formed as interest dictates.