The School of Music has a wide range of performance opportunities through our many ensembles and areas of study. From the traditional to the experimental, there are a multitude of ways for you to express yourself musically at LSU.
The Department of Bands is a storied component of the LSU School of Music, tracing its origins to the military traditions of the “Old War Skule” over a century ago. It encompasses three concert ensembles, the LSU Tiger Marching Band, and the Bengal Brass Basketball Band.
The School of Music supports several different student and faculty chamber music groups, catering to a different styles or instrumentation. Some of these groups include the Percussion Ensemble, Collegium Musicum, the Timm Wind Quintet and the Norem Brass Quintet.
The LSU Choral Division within the School of Music and the College of Music & Dramatic Arts offers a variety of choral ensembles for students, each with an individual character and musical mission. Chorus members represent a broad cross-section of the LSU student population, including music majors, other majors, undergraduate, and graduate students.
The School of Music’s Jazz Studies program consists of several ensembles, including the Jazz Ensemble, the Jazz Lab Band, and the Chamber Jazz Group. These units have individual performances throughout the academic year, and come together in a large Jazz Showcase once each semester.
The LSU School of Music supports a wide array of orchestral activities including a full symphony, chamber orchestra, and opera orchestra. The Orchestral Program presents more than ten performances each academic year with classical concerts, chamber orchestra concerts, the concerto concert, the Masterworks Concert in conjunction with the choirs, and operas.
LSU Opera, one of the first major university programs in the United States, has produced exceptional singers who have sung on world opera stages such as the Metropolitan Opera, La Scala, Lyric Opera of Chicago, and Houston Grand Opera. LSU Opera annually produces two main stage productions, fully staged, designed, costumed, and accompanied by the LSU Opera Orchestra, along with smaller shows and numerous outreach performance opportunities. In addition to private voice lessons with faculty, students receive extensive training in acting and stage-craft.
The Experimental Music & Digital Media (EMDM) program addresses the emerging understanding that technology, computation and digital resources are profoundly changing the way in which we compose, perform, study and teach music. EMDM builds off this premise and engages students and faculty in cutting-edge research that borders between computer science, engineering, art, design and music. EMDM is closely aligned with the Arts, Visualization, Advanced Technologies and Research (AVATAR) Initiative of the Center for Computation & Technology (CCT) at LSU.