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Music Ensembles

If you join one of Judson’s ensembles, you’ll not only meet other music majors but also chemistry, architecture, history, youth ministry, business, and education majors, too. Our ensembles perform on campus several times each year, and many perform in the greater Chicago area at hospitals, schools and retirement centers.

UNIVERSITY CHOIR

The Judson University Choir is known for its numerous tours at home and abroad. The choir performs a variety of music, ranging from choral masterworks to black gospel anthems to Taizé choruses to contemporary praise and worship songs. It tours within the United States two times each year and regularly tours Europe, Asia, and the Americas.

CHAMBER SINGERS

The Judson University Chamber Singers is a select group of the most gifted singers at Judson. They perform a wide variety of literature, from early oratorios to madrigals and lighter music.

JUDSON CIVIC ORCHESTRA

Students who play an orchestral instrument may participate in the Judson Civic Orchestra upon acceptance by audition. A wide variety of students, professional musicians, music educators, and dedicated amateur musicians make up the membership of this orchestra.  Learn more here.

GUITAR ENSEMBLE

The Judson University Guitar Ensemble plays a wide variety of guitar literature, from Renaissance to contemporary works.  

PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE

The Judson University Percussion ensemble features an eclectic variety of melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic percussion instruments.

CHAMBER MUSIC ENSEMBLES

A variety of small chamber groups are formed periodically and coached by a music faculty member. These have included male vocal quartets, string quartets, brass quintets, and piano quintets.

WORSHIP BANDS

Judson students who enjoy playing guitar, keys and drums are encouraged to audition for one of several worship bands which play for chapels and other events.

Gwyn Downy - Spotlight

Gwyn Downey is Judson’s private bassoon teacher.  She earned her bachelor’s degree at Ball State University in Indiana and has since performed in many orchestras, including The Civic Orchestra of Chicago and The Rockford Symphony.  Her current instructor is William Buckman of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.  She lives in South Elgin where she teaches a full private studio.

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