The mission of the Division of Music is to provide students with a personalized creative and intellectual environment that fosters meaningful experiences in music performance, composition, history, and research. Our bands, orchestra, jazz and choral ensembles expose students, faculty, and community members to the artistic and communicative values of music and the power it has to change lives. Participating in music adds value to your education at Michigan Tech, giving you life-enhancing skills as well as new friends. You’ll enjoy student-faculty contact through small academic classes, mentoring, and our private music lessons program.
Majors and Minors
Considering a degree in music? The Department of Visual and Performing Arts will help you shine like the star that you are. Learn more about Music at Michigan Tech, including ensemble rehearsal schedules for the 2013-14 season.
Classical, jazz, pep, and pop: to those who say Michigan Tech isn’t a musically oriented school, we say take another look. You’ll learn it all—theory, appreciation, history, and performance—while you develop your musical abilities and take your talents to the next level.
Study it all with Michigan Tech’s innovative new Music Composition minor. The program combines traditional studies in music theory and orchestration with current sound design and audio production technologies.
Interested in music, but not looking for a degree?
You do not have to pursue a major or a minor from the Department of Visual and Performing Arts to enjoy and participate in the musical arts at Michigan Tech.
Develop your musical talent with the newest large ensemble at Michigan Tech, the Campus Concert Band (FA2402). As a member, you will perform a wide variety of traditional and contemporary concert works. Wind and percussion players may join without an audition. Audition with exceptions.
Contact Mike Christianson to learn more.
conScience: Michigan Tech Chamber Singers (FA3580) is the select, student-only vocal ensemble on campus. Participation in this choir gives opportunities to rehearse and perform music written for small choir. Audition required.
Contact Jared Anderson or visit the Chamber Choir page to learn more.
Michigan Tech Concert Choir (FA3510) is a 60-80 voice ensemble of faculty, staff, students and community singers performing a wide variety of music. You will experience music ranging from Gregorian Chant to new works by living composers. Audition required.
Contact Jared Anderson or visit the Concert Choir page to learn more.
The Huskies Pep Band is a Michigan Tech point of pride and one of the most lauded pep bands in the Midwest. As a member, you will enjoy an active schedule, performing at concerts, athletic events, parades, and special events. The Huskies Pep Band (FA2400) is a nationally known Division I pep band of nearly 250 members that performs at all home football, basketball, and hockey games. The band was selected as the host band to the WCHA Final Five Tournament in 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009. No audition is required. To join, come to the Fall Band Camp during orientation week (Friday, August 30 from 3:00- 7:00pm). Open to all with band experience.
Michigan Tech offers a variety of small jazz combos and advanced jazz band labs. Each ensemble offers musicians a unique experience through competitions, performances, and the opportunity to develop a unique style. The award-winning Jazz Lab Band (FA3430) is the top large jazz ensemble at MTU. Jazz Lab Band specializes in jazz from all eras plus Latin jazz, funk, fusion, blues, and original compositions. The group performs at least one major concert each semester, typically tours for 4-5 days each January, and often performs with guest artists. Audition required.
The Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra (KSO) has been a mainstay of the Upper Peninsula arts scene for over thirty years. The KSO counts among its musicians Michigan Tech students, faculty, and staff, community artists, and guest professionals from throughout the Upper Midwest. The KSO (FA3400) plays the great orchestral masterworks from the classical, theatre, and film repertoire. Performing four times per academic year, the orchestra brings in worldclass guest artists and collaborates with the choir and theatre programs. All instrumentalists (woodwinds, brass, percussion, and strings) are welcome. To join our orchestra program, students can perform a short, stress-free audition during the first week of school. Audition required.
Contact Joel Neves or visit the KSO page to learn more.
Superior Winds (FA3401) is the premier wind ensemble at Michigan Tech. Concerts feature major works as well as innovative collaborations with guest artists and conductors. The ensemble regularly performs at off-campus venues in Michigan and Wisconsin. Audition required.
Contact Mike Christianson or visit the Superior Winds page to learn more.