Ensembles

Professional working musicians might perform in a pit orchestra one evening and a nightclub the next. The range of styles you need to know today is diverse and eclectic requiring flexibility and fluency.

Therefore, we offer a huge variety of ensembles you won't find anywhere else. The major emphasis of these ensembles is placed on fostering musicianship, creativity, group interaction and leadership skills while becoming familiar with a wide range of contemporary, experimental and traditional musical styles.

"The UArts School of Music offers an incomparable mix of jazz and contemporary American music, unique and traditional ensembles, countless educational and professional performance opportunities, world-renowned artist/teachers, and a creative and collaborative environment, all in an exciting urban setting in the heart of the arts district of downtown Philadelphia."
-Marc Dicciani, Director, School of Music

There are numerous small jazz combos as well as the following groups devoted to specific genres, styles, or the music of specific artists:

  • 11-tet
  • Afro-Cuban Ensemble
  • BBBAD Ensemble
  • Bill Evans Ensemble
  • Brand New Heavies
  • Brazilian Jazz Ensemble
  • Chamber Singers
  • Chorus
  • Classical Trombone Ensemble
  • Classical Trumpet Ensemble
  • Country Ensemble
  • Crossover Ensemble
  • Director's Ensemble
  • Electronica Ensemble
  • Graduate Ensemble
  • Great Jazz Composers Ensemble
  • Guitar/Vocal Duos
  • Drumset Ensemble
  • Handbell Choir
  • Jazz Singers
  • Jazz Trombone Ensemble
  • Jazz Trumpet Ensemble
  • Jazz Workshop 2
  • Jazz Workshop 3
  • Jazz Workshop I
  • Latin Jazz Ensemble
  • Men's Ensemble
  • Mingus Tribute Ensemble
  • Monk and More
  • Musical Theater Ensemble
  • Neo-Soul Ensemble
  • New Orleans Ensemble
  • No Boundaries Ensemble
  • NYC Standards Ensemble
  • "N' Zehn" - Contemporary Vocal Ens
  • Original Music Ensemble
  • Percussion Ensemble
  • Piano Ensemble
  • Praise Ensemble
  • "Rick Kerber" Tribute Big Band
  • Rock Ensemble
  • Rumble/Bucket Drum Ensemble
  • Salsa Ensemble
  • Saxophone Ensemble
  • Stax Records Ensemble
  • Tom Waits Ensemble
  • Transfusion Ensemble
  • UArts Voices
  • Vox
  • Wes Montgomery Ensemble
  • Women's Ensemble
  • Woodwind Quintet
  • World Percussion Ensemble
  • "Z" Big Band - "Black Nile"