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Content. Connection. Creativity. Community. Continuation.

We offer a distinctive curriculum that focuses on providing aspiring musicians with the tools to advance their musicality through creative opportunities. Connecting that content to real world scenarios, while serving as a community source for cultural and educational events. Encouraged by its excellent faculty, students are given ample opportunities in their chosen field of study for growth and development. Central to its faculty philosophy is mentoring and guiding students to professional success as they continue to their post university life.

Program Options

  • Bachelor of Arts in Music
  • Minor in Music
  • Fast-track Music-MBA
  • Fast-track Music-Master of Science in Instructional Design and Technology

The goal for every music major is to train the musician first and foremost. To that end, all music majors take a core set of courses that focus on enhancing each students’ musicianship. These courses are separated into these categories:

  • Music Theory
  • Music History
  • Applied Lessons
  • Piano
  • Ensembles

In addition to core courses, each music major chooses one of three tracks:

  • Music Education
  • Audio Video Recording
  • Liberal Arts

The Liberal Arts track can focus on performance, composition, or music history, for example, according to the student’s main musical interest. Each student chooses one primary instrument for applied lessons. Options include: voice, piano, guitar, percussion, violin, viola, cello, double-bass, trumpet, horn, trombone, baritone/euphonium, tuba, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone, or percussion.

Auditions

Auditions are required for all tracks of the Music Major.

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Alumni

Many of our graduates have exciting and diverse careers. If you are a graduate not listed on the following page, please use the form to provide your updated info. We love hearing from you!

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Instrumental Ensembles

Major and non-major students can participate.

Under the direction of Dr. David Tedford, the University Chamber Orchestra is an intimate group comprised mainly of string instruments with the occasional use of wind and percussion instruments. The Chamber Orchestra's repertoire focuses on literature indigenous to this type of ensemble as well as some pops music. The group performs twice yearly in a variety of settings. At least one concert features a guest soloist. One notable guest artist with the Chamber Orchestra was harpist, Deborah Henson-Conant. Membership is By Audition.

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Under the direction of Dr. David Tedford, The Symphony Orchestra is comprised of students, faculty, staff, and area musicians.  Repertoire ranges from serious classics to popular. Performances include classical Fall and Spring concerts, and educational concerts for area school children, the Poinsettia Pops. Concerts have featured such notable musicians as Edgar Meyer, Vincent Price, Bob McGrath, David Hickman, Leslie Parnas, James Buswell, David Wetherill, Gail Williams, and BJ Thomas. Available by audition.

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Under the direction of Dr. Matthew Slotkin, the Bloomsburg University Guitar Ensemble is one of our newest ensembles, providing advanced experiences in many styles and genres of literature written for guitar.

The ensemble performs a number of concerts and other appearances each semester.  Auditions are required.

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Under the direction of Dr. Stephen Clickard, The Jazz Ensemble is comprised of musicians utilizing the now standard instrumentation of five saxes, five trumpets, five trombones, and rhythm section.

The ensemble plays music which spans from the 1930s to the present from many of the great bands in jazz. It's emphasis is on the post-swing modern jazz era. This includes works from many of jazz's greatest composers.  The ensemble has performed with many of jazz’s greatest performers, including: Dave Liebman, The New York Voices, Hilton Ruiz, Dave Valentin and T.S. Monk.

The band has finished its first European Tour, which included performances at the legendary Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland and the Umbria Jazz Festival in Perugia, Italy.

The University Jazz Ensemble is an auditioned group. Auditions are held at the beginning of each semester.

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Under the direction of Dr. Gifford Howarth, The Huskies Marching Band invites any student with previous instrumental band experience to be a member. We are a field-parade unit of instrumentalists, silk flags, and twirlers. Our selections include both contemporary, popular, and march favorites. We are active in the fall semester. A band camp is held prior to the beginning of the fall semester.

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Under the direction of Dr. Gifford Howarth, the Bloomsburg University Percussion Ensemble is one of our newest ensembles, providing advanced experiences in many styles and genre of percussion literature.  

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Under the direction of Dr. Stephen Clickard, the Bloomsburg University wind ensemble is our newest ensemble, providing advanced experiences in wind band repertoire.

Auditions are required.

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Contact Dr. Clickard


Wind Ensemble History

Vocal Ensembles

Major and non-major students can participate.

The Chamber  Singers is a select vocal group of 16 members; the singers perform a variety of music suitable for a small ensemble.

In addition to standard repertoire, they prepare selections from other entertainment sources, such as musicals and popular song literature. The group performs for high schools, conventions, club meetings, television, radio, and campus concerts.

They have toured London, Scotland, Amsterdam, Brussels, Paris, and Japan.

Membership is determined by audition. Students participating must also carry a high academic average in addition to being outstanding singers and actors.
Questions?

Give the music office a call at 570-389-4284!

Under the direction of Dr. Alan Baker, the Bloomsburg University Concert Choir is a mixed-voice ensemble of 40-50 voices. Auditioned annually from across the University's 63 undergraduate and 18 graduate degree programs, the Concert Choir performs a wide variety of repertoire, ranging from classical art music of all periods to folksongs, spirituals and gospel selections. The ensemble gives both mid- and end-of semester concerts, and provides, as well, performances for University, church, and community events across the academic year. The Concert Choir also collaborates regularly with both the NEPA Philharmonic and the Choral Society of Northeast Pennsylvania in larger choral/orchestral masterworks, including recent performances of Orff’s Carmina Burana, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, and the Requiems of Brahms and Mozart.

Choir officers also plan a number of social events for members throughout the year, including an on-campus fall retreat, and the ensemble often travels at close of spring semester; recent tours destinations have included Chicago, Charleston SC, Toronto, Boston, and Quebec. The Concert Choir is accompanied by Harry Martenas, who is also recognized as one of the region's finest performers in both jazz and gospel styles.

Under the direction of Dr. Alan Baker, the Husky Singers are Bloomsburg University’s male vocal ensemble. With a repertoire ranging from art music to doo-wop, barbershop, and pop-arrangements, the group’s performances also incorporate comic sketches and humor in the great American Glee Club tradition.  Big personalities are not only welcome, but showcased!

The Husky Singers are non-auditioned, meaning that if you simply have a love of male-choir singing, you are welcome to join. In addition to 3-4 campus concerts per year, the ensemble also provides performances for University, church, and community events across the academic year, regularly taking their act "on the road."

Under the direction of Dr. Amelia Garbisch, the Women's Choral Ensemble repertoire spans time and style from ancient to contemporary, popular to serious. 3-4 campus concerts are performed each year, as well as high school and community programs. A tour often highlights the spring activities. Membership is open to all female students.

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