Vibes

Vibraphone Department Chair

Students: 30+ majors from nine different states across the U.S. Students must first audition and be accepted into the School of Music as a Vibraphone major before they are accepted into the University. On average, one out of four applicants who audition are accepted.

Playing Opportunities: The School of Music offers more than 50 different large and small music ensembles. These include three big bands, a 10-piece fusion ensemble, 15 small jazz groups performing traditional and contemporary jazz (from Miles Davis and Charles Mingus to the Yellowjackets and the Brecker Brothers), a Rock Ensemble, Salsa Ens., Drumset Ensemble, Traditional Percussion Ensemble, Brazilian Jazz Ensemble, Afro-Caribbean Percussion Ensemble, a Mallet Ensemble, a Bucket Drum Ensemble (known as Rumble), World Music Ensemble, a Musical Theater Ensemble, Inter-disciplinary Ensemble, Chorus, Jazz Singers and Chamber Singers.

Location: The University of the Arts is located in the heart of downtown Philadelphia on the “Avenue of the Arts,” next door to both the Academy of Music and the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. There are 19 professional concert halls, jazz clubs, music clubs and theaters all within four blocks of school that present more than 80 professional concerts, recitals and music performances each week.