Student Performances and Performance Opportunities - Kendall College of Arts and Sciences

Student Performances and Performance Opportunities

Why join a TU Ensemble?

First and foremost, we hope that your participation in a TU music ensemble will provide an enjoyable and enriching experience for you at the University of Tulsa.

Not only music majors, but students from all departments and colleges are eligible to participate in any of the university’s ensembles.

Whether performing in Chapman Stadium at halftime for a football game with the Sound of the Golden Hurricane or performing a Beethoven symphony or grand choral work of Brahms in Gussman Concert Hall, our aim is to provide a social and musical outlet to meet the needs of all TU students.

“Where words fail, music speaks. ” – Hans Christian Anderson

  • TU Symphony Orchestra

    The TU Symphony Orchestra is a full-year performing ensemble comprised of music majors and non-majors and is open to any TU student by audition. The orchestra performs music from standard orchestral repertoire, accompanies student concerto/aria winners in the annual President’s Concert, featured yearly in the Béla Rózsa Memorial Concert and is the performing ensemble for TU Commencement ceremonies. The ensemble also partners with TU School of Music students and faculty in various projects designed to provide realistic training for future professional orchestral musicians and conductors. The TU Symphony recently traveled to Washington DC to perform as an honor group at the College Orchestra Directors Association (CODA) National Conference.

    The University of Tulsa Symphony Orchestra is an auditioned ensemble that includes undergraduate students from throughout the university. All full-time students are welcome to audition. Led by conductor Richard Wagner, the TU Symphony performs several concerts during the year and participates in full choral and opera performances with the TU Concert Chorale and TU Opera Theater.

    In addition to the standard concert repertoire, the orchestra is a resource for TU faculty and student composers and frequently accompanies TU faculty soloists as well as the student concerto/aria winners each April. In collaboration with TU’s Department of Film Studies, the orchestra hosts nationally prominent film, TV and video game composers and orchestrators and records cues for student composers later presented in public performances.

    The orchestra tours locally and regionally and recently represented TU at the 2015 Oklahoma Music Educators Association and in February 2017 and 2019, was one of two orchestras invited to perform as an honor group in Washington D.C. for the College Orchestra Director’s Association (CODA) National Conference.

  • The Sound of the Golden Hurricane

    TU’s marching band, the “Sound of the Golden Hurricane,” engages crowd attention and enthusiasm through high level performance during pregame, half time, and in the stands. Throughout the course of the season, The Sound performs several different half time shows and performs at each home football game, select away games, and post-season bowl games. During basketball season, members of the Sound alternate playing for men’s and women’s games in the student section of the Reynolds Center. The basketball bands accompany the team to all post-season NCAA Tournament games. No audition is required for membership in TU’s Athletic Bands.

    For information regarding The Sound of the Golden Hurricane, please contact Matthew Schepers, Director of Bands, at


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  • TU Jazz Ensembles

    The TU Jazz Ensembles are recognized as among the region’s best. Many styles of jazz literature are explored and performed by combos, big bands, jazz vocalists, and jazz guitar ensembles. Auditions are held the first week of the fall semester with ensemble placement based on audition results. The jazz groups perform regionally as well as on campus.

    Each year, the jazz program brings prominent professional jazz artists to campus to record, tour, and perform with the student ensembles. Recent guest artists have included trumpeters Walter White and Byron Stripling, saxophonists Bobby Watson and Tim Ries, trombonist Conrad Herwig, and bassist, composer, and bass trombonist Chris Brubeck.

    For any questions please contact Director of Instrumental Ensembles, Richard Wagner at

  • The TU Wind Ensemble

    TU Wind Ensemble

    Conducted by Matthew Schepers, the Wind Ensemble is TU’s premier wind and percussion group, selected by audition at the beginning of each academic year. The Wind Ensemble performs a wide variety of wind repertoire, encompassing works by historically significant as well as contemporary composers such as Julie Giroux, Gustav Holst, Charles Ives, David Maslanka, Richard Strauss, Omar Thomas, Paul Hindemith, and Steven Bryant are represented in recent programs. Their recent performance of John Mackey’s “Songs from the End of the World” marked the first presentation of this work in Oklahoma, receiving positive feedback from the composer. The TU Wind Ensemble was selected by juried invitation and performed at the 2018 Southwest Division Conference of the College Band Directors’ National Association (CBDNA).

    For any questions, please contact the Director of the TU Wind Ensemble, Matthew Schepers at or the Director of Instrumental Ensembles, Richard Wagner at

  • TU Opera Theatre

    TU Opera Theatre is open through audition to all qualified students interested in exploring the Opera experience. Complete works and programs of opera scenes are given, drawing from the standard and contemporary literature of opera, operetta, and musical theatre. Character and music development are stressed, as well as backstage organization and proper stage deportment.

    In previous years, TU Opera Theatre has performed Mozart’s Così fan tutte, in Italian, fully staged and with orchestra, and performed a concert version of Kurt Weill’s Street Scene. In addition, Tulsa Opera invited the class to perform for their “Exploring Opera” class. TU Opera Theatre has also performed an updated fully-staged version of von Flotow’s operetta, Martha, which was be set in the 1920’s as Thoroughly Modern Martha, sung with a new English translation, and performed with orchestra.

    TU Opera Theatre also explores different genres of operettas, having performed Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado, as well as a zarzuela, La Dolorosa. Our most recently-planned opera, Puccini’s tragedy Suor Angelica, had to be cancelled due to Covid-19 restrictions, but as soon as performances are allowed, operas will again be presented!

    As with all School of Music ensembles, TU Opera Theater is open to all TU full-time undergraduate students!

    For any questions, contact the Associate Professor of Music in Opera Studies and Voice, Brady McElligott.

  • Concert Chorale/Cappella Chamber Singers

    Concert Chorale

    The Concert Chorale consists of selected treble voices rehearsing and performing music from the Renaissance through the 21st Century. This ensemble occasionally combines with Cappella Chamber Singers to sing larger masterworks. Concert Chorale performs fall and spring concerts each academic year.

    Cappella Chamber Singers

    This award-winning ensemble is selected through competitive auditions and performs music from medieval to modern. Cappella has been chosen to perform at prestigious local, regional, and national events, including appearances as Honor Group with Oklahoma Music Educators Association, and a debut performance at Carnegie Hall in 2010. They frequently perform in combination with orchestra, including the Tulsa Symphony, TCC Signature Symphony, and TU Symphony – most notably, the Britten War Requiem with the Tulsa Symphony and Tulsa Chorale in 2018. The ensemble performs formal fall and spring concerts as well as many on-campus functions throughout the academic year.

    For any questions, contact the Director of the TU Chorale and Cappella Chamber singers, Kim Childs.