Are you allowed to take any of the ensembles for 0 credit?
Yes, some of the ensembles allow a 0-credit option at the ensemble director’s discretion. Please speak with your ensemble director first before taking this option.
How many ensembles are offered at ISU?
Aside from the three concert bands (Wind Orchestra, Wind Symphony, Concert Band) and the two athletic bands (Marching Sycamores, Sycamore Basketball Band), the School of Music also offers a Jazz Ensemble, a Symphony Orchestra, numerous Choirs, and many smaller chamber music ensembles.
Can I audition to be in more than one ensemble?
Absolutely, though most freshmen have a limit of two large ensembles they can be a part of (imposed by the School of Music).
How many ensembles are by audition only?
Currently, the Wind Orchestra and Wind Symphony are both auditioned ensembles (as are the Jazz Band and the Symphony Orchestra).
Do I have to be a Music Major or Minor to be in an Ensemble?
No, you do not. All of the Sycamore Bands are open to majors and non-majors alike, pending a successful audition, and some of our ensembles don’t even require an audition. The gist of it is: If you want to make music, we can find an ensemble for you.
Do I need to have my own instrument? (what about Tubas or other large instruments?)
You don’t need to have your own instrument, though many people prefer to use their own, obviously. Indiana State University has a large stock of instruments that can be rented on a semester by semester basis.
What would happen if I were to miss a rehearsal or a performance?
Well, the short answer is: Your grade would suffer. The longer answer is: It depends. Is it an emergency absence? Is there documentation? Are there extenuating circumstances? The question cannot be considered in a vacuum without knowing all the relevant factors. Suffice it to say that, excused or not, you cannot miss a performance and still receive an A.
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