Ensembles

Women's Choir

The Bradley University Women's Choir was founded in 1990 in an effort to provide young women with the opportunity to prepare and perform music written especially for treble voices in an atmosphere of collegial music making. The group rehearses twice weekly at noon. For information contact Dr. Kerry Walters, (309) 677-2601, kew@bradley.edu

Symphonic Winds

Symphonic Winds meets Monday and Wednesday from 4:20-6:00 p.m. and on Thursday evening from 6:15 p.m-7:15 p.m. in Dingeldine Music Center. This select group of 65 students rehearses the highest quality concert band literature in preparation for their formal concerts and tours. Each semester the Winds perform three to five times both on and off campus. Comprised of a large number of music majors, this ensemble also includes outstanding musicians who are not majoring or minoring in music. These students represent most of the academic programs available at the University. For information contact Dr. David Vroman

Opera Workshop

Singers are provided with the opportunity each spring semester to develop performing skills in the field of opera, an opportunity often reserved for graduate students in larger universities. For information contact Dr. Kerry Walters, (309) 677-2601kew@bradley.edu

Bradley Symphony Orchestra

The BSO is made up of a select group of musicians from all disciplines.  The ensemble is open to not only Music Majors, but consists of numerous students from a variety of majors from within Bradley University. The BSO performs works from standard orchestral repertoire from the Baroque to the Contemporary.  The BSO performs four concerts a year including a major choral-orchestral work with the Bradley Community Chorus. The orchestra rehearses each week on Tuesday and Thursday from 4:15 to 6:00 p.m.  If you would like to visit thesse rehearsals, all BSO rehearsals are open to the public and you are encouraged to do so. Membership in the Bradley Symphony Orchestra is by audition.  Annual auditions are held at the beginning of the Fall Semester each year with “challenge” and new student auditions in January.

Auditions consist of three portions:

  • Scales
  • Solo/etude of your choice (not more than 4-5 minutes in length)
  • Orchestral excerpts (provided to you)

Please contact Dr. Tim Semanik for more information about the BSO and visit our Facebook page!

Dr. Semanik's phone: (309) 677-3594

Dr. Semanik's email: tsemanik@fsmail.bradley.edu

Bradley Community Chorus

The Bradley Community Chorus offers students and community members the opportunity to study and perform choral-orchestral masterworks. The group averages 80 to 100 members. Since its founding, the ensemble has performed at least one masterwork each semester, either with the Bradley Symphony Orchestra or with the Peoria Symphony. Membership is open to Bradley students and community members with choral singing experience, and auditions are held at the beginning of each semester.  

For audition information contact Dr. John Jost, (309) 677-2600, jrj@bradley.edu

String Chamber Music

The string program at Bradley includes chamber music, Bradley Symphony Orchestra, and solo performance opportunities. The String Chamber Music program, under the leadership ofMarcia Henry Liebenow, teaches chamber music techniques and literature.  Ensembles meet each week for coaching sessions as well as their own rehearsals.  Students explore repertoire for string quartets, trios, and duos as well as ensembles that could include woodwinds or piano. Each semester the String Chamber Music ensembles perform their own concert in Dingeldine Music Center, perform on student recitals, participate in Peoria Lunaire (New Music Ensemble) concerts, perform across campus for University events and receptions, and play for events and receptions throughout central Illinois. Visiting guest artists give Master Classes for the chamber music ensembles.

For more information about strings at Bradley, contact Marcia Henry Liebenow at (309) 677-2602 or mhenry@bradley.edu<mailto:mhenry@bradley.edu>

Performance information is located though:  http://slane.bradley.edu/music/events/bradley-string-chamber-music

Bradley University Chorale

The Bradley University Chorale has had the privilege of performing extensively across the United States and Europe, winning national and international honors. The Chorale has been invited several times to perform for state and regional music educator conventions. European concert tours include northern Italy in 1995, Poland and the Czech Republic in 1998, Ireland, Wales, and England in 2001, Denmark in 2004, residency in Florence, Italy in 2007, and Denmark and Norway in 2010. The Chorale performs music from all periods and in a variety of styles, often premiering new works written especially for the group. Approximately 85% of the members are music majors or minors. Members are chosen by audition each fall.

Symphonic Band

Symphonic Band meets Tuesday and Thursday from 4:20-6:00 p.m. in Dingeldine Music Center. This group of 85 students rehearses and performs outstanding band literature. Students in this band represent most of the major programs on the Bradley campus. Ensembles at Bradley are "free of charge" meaning a student can maintain their academic program without incurring any additional cost to participate in the band. Students earn credit and a grade. Some scholarships for the concert band program exist and are awarded each fall following auditions.

For information contact the conductor, Dr. David Vroman.

Jazz at Bradley

The jazz program at Bradley includes two big bands, a combo, and a year-long Jazz Improvisation sequence. The Bradley Jazz Ensemble, under the leadership of Dr. Todd Kelly, is the most visible ensemble in the Bradley Jazz program. In past years, they have performed at the Illinois Collegiate Jazz Festival and the Elmhurst College Jazz Festival, as well as European tours in 2003, 2006, 2009 and 2012. They have brought many world renowned jazz clinicians and soloists to the Bradley campus, including Mike Lee, The Mike Vax Big Band, Matt Wilson, Rachael Lee, Allen Vizzutti, Ron Jones, Tom Garling, Byron Stripling, Chris Vadala, the Jeff Hamilton Trio, Wayne Bergeron, and Denis DiBlasio. Each spring, the Bradley Jazz Festival is held on campus. They also perform a yearly tribute concert – past tributes have included Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Woody Herman, Buddy Rich, Stan Kenton, Frank Sinatra, and “A Tribute to the Golden Age of Swing.” In the summer of 2006, the Jazz Ensemble performed to enthusiastic audiences in France, Switzerland, and Italy, including performances at the prestigious Brienz, Montreux, Tuscany, and Umbria Jazz Festivals. They returned to Europe in the summer of 2009 and 2012, performing for ten days in Italy. The spring of 2007 marked the release of their first CD, entitled “Swing Swing Swing with the Bradley Jazz Ensemble.” It is available at the Bradley bookstore, Kidder Music Center, Barnes and Noble, and online at www.cdbaby.com/bradleyjazz.

The Bradley Jazz Combo is made up of the finest improvisers on campus. They perform frequently both on and off campus. In 2006, they performed at the Vienne Jazz Festival in France. The Bradley Jazz Lab Band meets once a week, and performs twice each semester for campus concerts. All Bradley jazz groups are open, by audition, to any student, regardless of their major. Auditions take place during the first week of classes during the fall semester.

For more information about Jazz at Bradley, contact Dr. Todd Kelly at (309) 677-2597, or tkelly@bradley.edu.

Bradley Chamber Singers

The Bradley Chamber Singers is a select group of 12-16 voices that studies and performs challenging music of all styles, including early music and vocal jazz. The group performs on Bradley Chorale concerts and sings for various functions in the community.

Director: John Jost, Director of Choral Activities, Conducting, Voice

(309) 677-2600; jrj@bradley.edu

Collegium Musicum

The Collegium Musicum, BU’s own Early Music Consort, is open to anyone who can read music and has an interest in playing and singing medieval, renaissance, and baroque chamber music in an historically informed manner. Learn the various musical styles and performance practices of the 13th-18th centuries while playing music from that time. The ensemble class meets once a week, Monday's 6:30-8:00pm. Join us—no audition required!

For information, please contact Collegium Musicum Director Lisette Kielson at (309) 750-3234 or lkielson@bumail.bradley.edu