About the School
Musical opportunities are available both to music majors and to students majoring in other disciplines. Students from all disciplines are eligible to perform with the School’s numerous musical ensembles. Membership in these ensembles is determined by competitive auditions that are open to all TU students. As a music major at the University of Tulsa, you will study with a distinguished faculty of active scholars and performers. Additionally, your college experience will be enriched by both the University’s strong liberal arts tradition and Tulsa’s heritage of cultural excellence. The School concentrates solely on undergraduate education and offers the following programs of study.
Students participate in a full spectrum of music-related activities that range from traditional chamber music and jazz ensembles to concert instrumental and vocal ensembles, including opera and musical theatre. In addition to music majors, students from all departments and colleges are eligible to participate in any of the University’s music activities through audition.
University Orchestra — Membership in the Orchestra is open to all qualified students through auditions held during the first week of each semester. The Orchestra performs on campus and in other locations such as the Philbrook Museum of Art and the Tulsa Performing Arts Center. Each concert features masterworks from the orchestral repertoire and outstanding faculty or student soloists. The orchestra also performs in selected productions of the musical theatre and opera programs.
The Sound of the Golden Hurricane — Distinguished by its exciting corps-style half-time entertainment, The Sound of the Golden Hurricane features contemporary music and drill at every home game and selected away games. During basketball season, the Sound of the Golden Hurricane serves as a pep band in the student spirit section of the Reynolds Center and accompanies the team during post-season tournaments.
The Jazz Ensembles — The jazz ensembles at the University are recognized as among the nation’s best. These include Jazz Guitar Ensemble, Combos, Vocal Jazz, and Big Band. Auditions for the jazz ensembles take place during the first week of the fall semester, with placement based on audition results. Jazz groups perform regionally as well as on campus. Each year, the jazz program brings prominent professional artists to TU to perform and tour with the student ensembles.
The TU Wind Ensemble — Composed of nearly fifty wind and percussion players, this prestigious concert ensemble is assembled in the early fall and draws participants from throughout the university. They play several concerts each year both on and off campus. An audition is required.
The Symphonic Winds — The TU Wind Ensemble forms the nucleus of this larger ensemble. The Symphonic Winds performs in campus concerts, at commencement and for other University convocations.
Opera Workshop — Opera Workshop is open through audition to all qualified students interested in exploring the Opera experience. Programs of opera scenes are given, drawing from the standard and contemporary literature of opera and operetta. Character and music development are stressed as well as backstage organization and proper stage deportment.
TU Concert Chorale — The TU Concert Chorale is the largest choral ensemble in the School of Music, performing standard major works as well as smaller choral pieces. Literature is chosen to increase the student's knowledge of repertoire and to supply a well-rounded body of choral music over a four-year period. Placement auditions are required.
Cappella Chamber Singers — This is an auditioned smaller ensemble that performs chamber literature from the Renaissance through Twentieth Century and beyond. The most select vocal ensemble, the Cappella Singers also perform at university functions and tour throughout the region.
Chamber Ensembles — Various student ensembles, made up of strings, woodwinds, brass or percussion, is formed to provide experience in this media.
Music Admissions, Auditions, and Grants in Aid
Students interested in majoring in music or applying for a music grant in aid should plan an audition on the dates set aside in January and February each year. Other audition times during the school year are available by special arrangement. While personal auditions are preferred, videotapes (not CDs) are accepted. Students must be accepted to the University of Tulsa before they can be considered for a music grant in aid. For information on admission to either the music major or music grants in aid, please call the School of Music office at 918-631-2262 or the TU Office of Admissions 1-800-331-3050.