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.
The University Choir is the premier mixed choral ensemble dedicated to performing great vocal music ranging from Renaissance through contemporary styles. Performance opportunities include concerts, church programs, CCU events, and regular tours throughout Colorado and the United States.
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The University Wind Ensemble is the premier large ensemble for wind and percussion players. The Wind Ensemble is oriented toward performance of a wide range of music for modern symphonic band and wind ensemble including transcriptions, standard wind literature, popular music, and sacred music for band. The University Wind Ensemble tours regionally or nationally each spring.
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Fugue in G minor
The University Chamber Orchestra is an instrumental ensemble in conjunction with the Lakewood Symphony Orchestra. The ensemble features string, brass, and woodwind instruments and performs a variety of traditional and contemporary literature for community audiences.
Chamber Strings is a small group (4-12) of string players that play contemporary and classical music for chamber string ensembles for community audiences.
The University Women’s Choir is a select ensemble that specializes in several centuries of music written exclusively for the female voice and performs for numerous college functions, Colorado Christian University concerts, and a spring tour.
The University Men’s Chorus performs a variety of music including gospel, contemporary A cappella and traditional choral literature. The Men’s Chorus performs two or three times per semester.
Synergy is both a teaching and performing ensemble dedicated to the study and performance of a wide variety of vocal jazz styles, including contemporary jazz, the blues, scat singing, vocalese, interpretation of jazz standards, and more.
Mainstream, a 16-piece instrumental jazz ensemble, is oriented toward the study and performance of a wide variety of jazz styles, including the interpretation of jazz standards, traditional big band, contemporary jazz, Latin, and rock. A strong emphasis is placed upon developing individual improvisational skills in this ensemble.
Concerto for Cootie
Straight No Chaser
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.
The Handbell Ensemble is a non-auditioned group open to all students. New members are always welcome regardless of previous experience. This ensemble serves as both a teaching ensemble, allowing members the opportunity to conduct as well as learn bell ringing skills/techniques, and as a performing ensemble, regularly performing both on and off campus each semester.
Drumline is a very fun and disciplined group that performs music written for percussion ensemble at CCU home games and other campus events.
The Dance/Stage Movement class meets once a week and learns techniques applicable to theatre productions. They culminate each semester with a performance for the community!
The Music Theatre/Opera Workshop provides students with practical experience in auditioning and performance techniques, musical theatre, operetta and opera scenes, staging, and acting.
Other ensembles, such as the Vocal Chamber Ensemble and small instrumental ensembles are formed as interest dictates.
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