The University of Missouri Bassoon Ensemble, under the direction of Prof. Leigh Munoz, is an integral part of the bassoon studio at Mizzou. This ensemble, encompassing both undergraduate and graduate students, made its MU performance debut in February 2008 at Whitmore Recital Hall under the direction of Rod Ackmann. Since that time, they have been featured in performances at the St. Charles Double Reed Day, Odyssey Chamber Music Series, Ellis Library Chamber Music Series, the MU Friends of Music, Mizzou Double Reed Day, as well as campus studio recitals each semester. The ensemble performs a wide array of styles from Renaissance to 21st century that range from four to twelve parts. A number of MU bassoonists have contributed both arrangements and original compositions to the ensemble’s repertoire.
The MU Cello Choir was formed in 1995 by Professor Darry Dolezal and is now led by Professor Eli Lara in order to create and bask in glorious two- to twelve-part harmony as only cellos can. In addition to performing concerts on campus, the MU Cello Choir has appeared at the MMEA state conference and toured throughout Missouri.
The MU Honors Guitar Quartet was founded in 2010 by Anthony Glise (who likewise founded the first classical guitar program at the University of Missouri.) The ensemble consists of an elite group of undergraduate and graduate guitar majors who have highly professional career goals in the music industry.
Their repertoire spans music from the Renaissance through avant-garde depending on the musical objectives and educational goals. These works are intermingled with solos and occasional performances with guest artists.
The Quartet was the only ensemble to receive a standing ovation at the Mid-America Guitar Ensemble Conference at Milliken University near Chicago. They have given numerous concerts from northern to central France as part of the European guitar festival, "Red Socks and the Guitar," based in Chartres, France, which is directed by Anthony and violinist, Ken Sugita of the French National Orchestra.
With both a challenging repertory and larger numbers, the Horn Choir serves as a broadening experience for students interested in chamber ensembles and horn performance. The ensemble is directed by Marcia Spence, and performs in a number of capacities from quartets through twelve horns. Focusing on musical detail and ensemble unity, the Horn Choir is quickly becoming one of the premier chamber ensembles on campus. As a new component of the Horn Studio, the Mizzou Horn Club, formed in 1998, allows students the opportunity to interact with players in Columbia and the surrounding areas. Through the Mizzou Horn Club, guest artists, lecturers, and ensembles will be at the access of horn students and community members. The horn choir meets Monday's at 4:00 in the Missouri United Methodist Church.
The percussion quartet is an extension from the University Percussion Ensemble (UPE) but is very selective in its membership. Only four dedicated, hard-working students will be selected for this ensemble and they may be either graduate or undergraduate students. Over the years, the quartet has received several invitations to perform at prestigious venues. Twice, the MU Percussion Quartet has received invitations to perform at the annual Percussion Festival held at the Conservatory of Music in Puerto Rico. They have also performed twice at the National Conference of Percussion Pedagogy (NCPP) - once at UNCG-Greensboro and once in Lubbock, Texas. The video below came about after they performed at the NCPP in Texas. Following their performance, the group was invited to videotape the work for the Vic Firth website and can be viewed at this link:
Saxophone chamber music is an essential component of the saxophone program at MU. These groups are among the most active in the School of Music and give many public performances on campus, throughout the community, and beyond. Mizzou's award-winning quartets have included MTNA National Finalists and State Winners and have received numerous honors from the Missouri Music Teachers Association competitions. They are active in the commissioning and performance of new works works for quartet and have performed at conferences and competitions throughout the country as well as graduation ceremonies, private parties, schools, and senior centers. Several groups are formed each semester according to ability and experience. No previous quartet experience is required. Enrollment includes a weekly coaching and independent rehearsals.
Steel Pan Ensemble
The steel pan ensemble was founded in 2002 by Dr. Julia Gaines after she had been teaching at MU for a few years. A steel pan enthusiast herself, she began searching for funding on the MU campus to purchase pans. Two successful grants later, MU owns many steel pans made by Panyard and by Kyle Cox with Pantheon Steel in Farmington, Missouri. The ensembles are currently divided into a beginning group and an advanced group. The only requirement to becoming a member is that you have to read music. No prior experience with steel pans or even percussion are necessary. The group currently meets Mondays from 4-6 in 112 Loeb Hall. Each semester, the ensemble will play several "gigs" and also participate in a final concert. This band is also available for hire - they have played many receptions, banquets, luaus, and pool parties. Please contact the director listed below for more information on availability and pricing.
Upcoming concert: Friday, April 14, 2017 at 7:00pm in the Missouri Theatre
The University of Missouri Trombone Choir has been a tradition at MU since 1992, and plays a wide array of original and transcribed works for trombone ensemble from many different periods and styles. Great emphasis is placed on improving ensemble performance skills such as tone color, unity of articulation, intonation, balance, and musical phrasing. The Trombone Choir has performed at the International Trombone Festival, the Music Educators National Conference, and the Missouri Music Educators Association Convention. Recent guests with the ensemble include the trombones of the St. Louis Symphony and Mizzou alumnus Eugene Watts from the Canadian Brass.
The MU Trumpet Ensemble under the direction of Dr. Iskander Akhmadullin is an integral part of the Trumpet Studio. It provides students the opportunity to explore the vast and interesting literature for trumpet choir, and the excerpts from the orchestral trumpet section repertoire. Comprised of both graduate and undergraduate trumpet students, various combinations of players are used, from 3 up to 12, to provide a diverse spectrum of playing situations. In addition, throughout the literature performed, every instrument of the trumpet family is used, from the Piccolo Trumpet down to Flugelhorn, in order to provide an expanded timbre and range within the compositions. The Trumpet Ensemble meetings are also used for clinics and master-classes of the guest artists, such as Håkan Hardenberger, Michael Sachs, Vincent DiMartino, Leonard Candelaria, Susan Slaughter, and many others.
The group participated in the National Trumpet Competition and performed at the International Trumpet Guild Conferences. The Trumpet Ensemble regularly performs the opening fanfares for the annual Columbia Public Schools Band Extravaganza.
Formed in the Fall of 2001, the MU Tuba and Euphonium Ensemble serves as a laboratory extension of the MU Tuba and Euphonium studio. The ensemble specializes in performing original music as well as transcriptions written for 4- to 16- part ensembles of various combinations for tubas and euphoniums. Members of the ensemble are afforded an opportunity to perform works that push the limits of 20th-century tuba/euphonium technique while focusing on aesthetic elements such as balance, blend, intonation, timbre and style. The ensemble plays a wide variety of styles of music and has performed at many prestigious conferences including the International Tuba and Euphonium Conference, the Great Plains Tuba and Euphonium Conference, Midwest Tuba and Euphonium Conference, South East Tuba and Euphonium Conference, Southwest Tuba and Euphonium Conference, Missouri Music Educators Conference, as well as public and private schools throughout the state of Missouri.
University Percussion Ensemble
The University Percussion Ensemble (UPE) performs contemporary percussion works in large and small settings. Trios, quartets, and quintets are studied regularly as students receive coachings instead of director-led rehearsals. The repertoire for the percussion orchestra is also studied and performed by large ensembles with a conductor as both genres are important. The UPE and its directors have commissioned two works for their own ensemble including "Toccata" by Leonard Mark Lewis for mallet quartet and "The Right to Bear Drums" for large percussion orchestra by Stefan Freund. They have also been a part of several commissioning projects including their most recent work, "Sparklefrog" by Alan Silverman. The ensemble regularly reads new works by student composers from MU and many of those pieces end up being performed on a concert. The UPE has performed at the MMEA state-wide music conference in 1999 and 2011 under the direction of Julia Gaines. They were selected as the only collegiate percussion ensemble to perform at the prestigious Midwest Clinic in December 2014 under the direction of Julia Gaines and Megan Arns. The ensemble meets as a large group from 2:00-3:30 on Tuesday and Thursday. Additionally, smaller chamber groups meet throughout the week.
Upcoming concert: Monday, April 3, 2017 at 7:00pm in the Missouri Theatre
World Percussion Ensemble
The Mizzou World Percussion Ensemble (MWPE) began in 1997 as the Latin Percussion Ensemble and expanded as the students' interests in different world music styles increased. It currently consists of Tiger Pans (Caribbean Steel Band), the Chiyedza Mbira Ensemble (Zimbabwe), and the West African Ensemble (drumming, dancing, and singing from Ghana). MWPE frequently collaborates with specialists in these areas with recent guests including Nani Agbeli, Musekiwa Chingodza, Fradreck Mujuru, and Tom Miller. The group performs two concerts per year on campus, in addition to a variety of performances in public schools and in the community. The MWPE is directed by Megan Arns, Anand Prahlad, Julie Staveley-O’Carroll, and Abby Rehard. No experience on these instruments is required for becoming a member of the ensemble, and community members are welcome. If you are interested, contact Megan Arns at email@example.com.