Music at EMU

Music Ensembles

These ensembles are open to all students. Student may register for 0 or 1 SH each semester. A maximum of 8 SH may be applied toward graduation requirements. Scholarships are available for non-music majors who want to participate in an ensemble during their time at EMU. 

Chamber Singers

Chamber Singers

A select choir of approximately 23 mixed voices that studies and performs choral literature of various periods, styles and cultures. Performances occur both on and off campus; some touring is done each year. Members of Chamber Singers are also members of the University
Choir. The director is Shannon Kiser. 

Emulate Chamber Ensemble


Emulate Chamber Ensemble is an intimate vocal ensemble of 8 singers specializing in jazz, modern, and contemporary concert literature, both secular and sacred. Performances occur on and off campus, including several touring opportunities. Members of Emulate are also members of the University Choir. The director is Ryan Keebaugh. 

University Choir

A large choral ensemble representing a wide variety of academic majors. The choir will sing primarily sacred repertoire from all periods of music history. Membership is open to any Eastern Mennonite University student by audition. Alumni, faculty, staff, and community members are invited to join the choir, during the fall semester, to participate in the annual Fall Gala Concert or Christmas service. The director is Ryan Keebaugh. 

EMU Jazz

Jazz ConcertThe EMU Jazz Ensemble provides opportunities for students interested in jazz to learn musical skills and techniques associated with jazz music performance including different styles and improvising. Emphasis is placed on performance of jazz in the big band style.
The Jazz Ensemble is open by audition. Preferences will be given to students of saxophone, trumpet, trombone, keyboard, drum set, bass, and guitar, but all students are welcome. The ensemble performs on campus and at local venues. The director is Robert Curry.

Chamber OrchestraThe EMU music program's orchestra

An orchestra open to students, faculty and community players interested in playing symphonic music. Several concerts are scheduled each year, occasionally in collaboration with soloists and other student ensembles. Audition required for wind players. The director is Benjamin Bergey.

Chamber Ensemble

Small ensembles of voices and/or instruments organized according to the interests and abilities of students, and coached by various EMU music faculty.  Additional fee applies.

The EMU music program's wind ensemble

Wind Ensemble

A large ensemble open to students, faculty and community players. Concerts are scheduled each semester, occasionally in collaboration with soloists and other student ensembles. Audition may be required. The director is Robert Curry.