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Ensembles for Everyone

The UW Oshkosh Department of Music offers a variety of ensembles for both instrumental and vocal students, all of which are open to both music majors and non-music majors alike. From our larger ensembles like our bands, choirs and Symphony Orchestra to more specialized groups such as Opera Theatre and Handbell Choir, we offer a unique fit for everybody.

Many of our ensembles require a successful audition and/or placement. For more information regarding auditions please visit the ensemble pages below, or contact the Department of Music at

Large Ensembles

Small Ensembles

Percussion Ensemble

The UW Oshkosh Percussion Ensemble is an exciting ensemble that performs music written specifically for percussion instruments by important composers of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. In addition, relevant transcriptions and arrangements of classical, folk and traditional music are integrated into this ensemble’s innovative programming. Designed to supplement the percussion students’ large ensemble experience, the Percussion Ensemble includes a strong chamber music component in addition to conducted works. Performances include compositions employing both traditional and non-traditional instruments in traditional and non-traditional notational systems. The concerts are always an interesting blend of the familiar and the unusual.

All applied percussion students, regardless of their chosen music curriculum, are able to participate in the ensemble. Non-majors with significant percussion experience may participate in the ensemble with the permission of the director.

For more information contact Dr. Alison Shaw at

Titan Steel

Titan Steel is an ensemble of steelpans, drumset, hand percussion, and electric bass. This ensemble performs popular and classical music from all over the world, with an emphasis on music from the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, where steelpans were invented and developed. Titan Steel performs in concert at UWO and in the greater Fox Valley. Founded by Dr. Jeannine Remy in 1990, the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh steelband was the first collegiate steelband in the state of Wisconsin.

Titan Steel is open to all music majors, with consent of the instructor. For more information, contact Alison Shaw at This course may not be offered every semester.

Opera Theatre

Opera Theatre is a hands-on course designed to acquaint the student with the fundamentals of opera performance and opera production. Singers receive professional instruction in all phases of opera acting, diction, repertoire and musical pantomime as well as in non-performing areas such as costumes, scenery, lighting and productions. Opera Theatre presents the production of a complete work in the spring semester.

Read about our Spring 2017 performance of Dido & Aeneas in the Advance Titan!

For more information contact Dr. Nathan Krueger at

Handbell Choir

The University Handbell Choir is open to all students of any major who have an interest in learning to ring with precision and expression. Each semester the bell choir develops a repertoire of traditional works with advanced ringing techniques, and performs both on and off campus. The University Handbell Choir has performed at the Paine Art Center Nutcracker in the Castle, as well as at area elementary schools, hospitals, nursing homes, and churches.  Interested students must have prior experience reading music and they may be asked to audition depending on the number of students enrolled.

This course may not be offered every semester.

Early Music Ensemble

The Early Music Ensemble provides an opportunity for singers and instrumentalists to perform chamber music of the Renaissance or Baroque periods and to learn about historically-informed performance practices. The UWO Department of Music has a number of fine reproductions of historical instruments available for student use, including Renaissance and Baroque Recorders, Crumhorns, Cornetti, Baroque Flute, Harpsichord, Treble Viol and Viola da Gamba. Participating students may also choose to perform on their current modern instrument.

This ensemble is open to all students, of any major, with consent of the instructor.  Meeting times are determined based on the member’s schedules.

For more information, contact Dr. Linda Pereksta at

Choir Laboratory

Our Choir Laboratory is an auditioned chamber vocal ensemble that is intended to give students a practical understanding of and performance experience in one or more specific choral performance genres as determined by the instructor (e.g. vocal jazz, renaissance, medieval, music theater, popular and new music). Below are examples of some performances.

Creole Love Call

Country Dances

The Land Where The Good Songs Go

For more information please contact Shannon Gravelle at This course may not be offered every semester.

Cello Ensemble

The UWO Cello Ensemble is comprised of all UW Oshkosh cello students that wish to participate. This ensemble can also include the Double Bass students at UWO and gives all low strings students the opportunity to enroll in a fun music group that performs music outside the Classical genre at fun and unexpected locations and events across campus. The Cello Ensemble has performed on chamber music recitals, for the UW Oshkosh Daycare Center and on Mindful Music Monday at Reeve Union to name just a few. Come join us in this fun ensemble if you are a cello or bass player here at UWO!

For more information please contact Dr. Katherine Decker at

Titan String Quartet

The Titan String Quartet is our premiere string chamber ensemble. Including two violins, one viola and one cello, the quartet is open to major and non-major students by audition only. These students work together over many semesters and study repertoire from the standard and modern string quartet genre. The Titan Quartet represents the Department of Music at many types of functions such as recitals, concerts, fundraising events, community events and other fun musical venues.

For more information please contact Dr. Katherine Decker at

Horn Choir

All that glitters is brass. Contact Joshua Hernday for more information about Horn Choir.

Trombone Choir

Please contact Dr. Dylan Chmura-Moore for more information about Trombone Choir.

Music Department

(920) 424-4224

Arts & Communication Center
800 Algoma Blvd.
Oshkosh, WI 54901

(920) 424-4224
Arts & Communication Center

800 Algoma Blvd.
Oshkosh, WI 54901