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Music at UCM

Music at UCM includes more than 200 undergraduate and graduate students. Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) since 1947 and a designated All-Steinway School, our highest priority at UCM is inspiring the academic and musical success of all students. Our faculty, many with international and national music careers, have developed outstanding performance opportunities and a music curriculum with high academic standards.

Our many degree offerings make UCM your best opportunity for music. Pursue the Bachelor of Music Education in instrumental or vocal music; or, choose one of our many Bachelor of Music options including Piano Pedagogy, Instrumental and Vocal Performance, Jazz-Commercial Music, and Music Technology. Are you looking to compose your own unique future with music? Our Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees allow for flexibility and a student-focused curriculum at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

UCM Music has many ensemble opportunities for Music Majors and non-Music Majors alike. Scroll down for more information.


Degree Programs, Scholarships, and more

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Ensembles (Open to all UCM students)

Ensembles at the University of Central Missouri are open to all students regardless of major. Most ensembles require an audition and it is recommended that students contact the directors listed below if they are interested in joining, or for more information.


Chamber Winds and Wind Ensemble

The Wind Ensemble is UCM’s premiere concert band and is open to all UCM students by audition. Auditions are held prior to the first day of classes each fall semester. The Wind Ensemble performs contemporary repertoire for wind ensemble and concert band as well as some of the most important core literature; they are also actively involved in commissioning and premiering new works for winds and percussion by both established and emerging composers.

The Wind Ensemble performs at least two concerts each semester in Hendricks Hall, a Chamber Winds recital in Hart Recital Hall, and at university commencements at the end of each semester. In addition, the Wind Ensemble frequently tours throughout the region. Significant performances include the 2014 Southwest Division Conference of the College Band Directors National Association at the University of Arkansas; 2008, 2011, and 2015 performances at the Missouri Music Educators Association Conference; featured performances in New York's famed Carnegie Hall (2010 and 2016); and the UCM President's Concert at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.

For more information, please contact Dr. Corey Seapy, Director of Bands,

Symphonic Band

The UCM Symphonic Band performs three concerts annually and is open to all UCM students. Chair placement auditions are held during the fall semester for participation in the November Winter Bands Concert, with rehearsals beginning at the conclusion of the Marching Mules season. Students who join only for the spring semester will complete their chair placement audition before classes resume after Winter Break.

Performers in the Symphonic Band are students from all the colleges on UCM campus and members of the surrounding community. The ensemble offers music education majors the opportunity to fulfill scholarship obligations in the spring semester, and it serves as a home for those in the Wind Ensemble to perform on a secondary instrument through audition. The music performed comes from many sources stemming from standard literature of the mid-late twentieth century to modern works composed recently. 

For more information, please contact Dr. Mark Bonner, Assistant Director of Bands,

Marching Mules

The UCM Marching Mules have a tradition of serving the institution as the musical ambassadors for the university community. Consisting of students from almost every department and major on campus, the Marching Mules provide excitement on and off the field during the football season. All members of the Marching Mules receive a $600 service award for their participation, and additional scholarships may be available depending on the student's performance ability and availability to audition for other UCM Music ensembles.

To audition for the Marching Mules, incoming freshmen should complete the prospective member form by clicking here. Once completed, students will be contacted about setting up an audition date on campus or through an acceptable platform (unlisted YouTube link, Skype audition, etc.). Students who wish to audition during their summer orientation session are allowed to do so; however, scholarship funds will likely be completely depleted by that time.

Auditions usually consist of the student performing one or two scales, two contrasting excerpts (something technical and something lyrical), and a short sight-reading excerpt. In many cases a student will simply audition on something they have already prepared for solo/ensemble or an honor band audition. Students are recommended to audition prior to the UCM Music’s February Audition Days, as scholarship funds are assigned quickly after that date.

For more information, please contact Dr. Mark Bonner, Director of Athletic Bands,


The UCM Jazz Bands provide an opportunity for all UCM students to experience performing Jazz at a high level. The program has two big bands, both which serve the campus and regional community in entertaining programs consisting of classic big band charts and contemporary literature.

For more information on Jazz-Commercial offerings, please contact Dr. David Aaberg, Director of Jazz-Commercial Music,


UCM has an outstanding choir program, offering the University Concert Choir, Collegiate Choir, and Women's Choir.

For more information on the choirs, please contact Prof. Jackson Thomas, Director of Choirs,


The UCM Symphony Orchestra is open to students of all majors by audition. 

For more information on the orchestra, please contact Dr. John Rutland, String Area Coordinator


All students who are in the percussion studio are required to participate in percussion ensemble as part of their service to the PAS Student Organization; non-majors are also invited to participate. Students are placed into chamber ensembles with which they work on a single piece throughout the entirety of a semester, and they receive coachings from Prof. Smith. Students present their work on the UCM Percussion Ensemble Concert that occurs every semester.

For more information on the percussion ensemble, please contact Dr. Alex Smith,


An ensemble comprised of technology-based instruments. This ensemble is open (via audition) to any UCM student who performs on laptop, turntables, or other technology-based instrument. The group performs new compositions, arrangements of traditional works, and pieces for indeterminate instrumentation. Each year, the group issues an international call for works, selecting pieces for performance written by living composers from around the world.

For more information on the New Technologies Ensemble, please contact Dr. Elisabeth Stimpert,


For more information on the New Music Ensemble, please contact Dr. Elisabeth Stimpert,


For more information on the Guitar Ensemble, please contact Prof. Tom Pender,

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Concert Programs

Provost's Faculty Showcase; Monday, August 28, 2023

Student Composers and Arrangers Concert; Sunday, April 30, 2023

New Technologies Ensemble; Sunday, April 30, 2023

Art Song Competition; Monday, April 24, 2023

Agbeko Desouza and Koffie Fugah - Guest Artist Concert; Thursday, April 20, 2023

Nik Baumert Senior Voice Recital; Wednesday, April 19, 2023

Yun Ju (Alice) Pan - Guest Artist Concert; Monday, April 17, 2023

Fauré's Requiem; Friday, April 14, 2023

Ben Snipes Senior Jazz-Commercial Recital; Monday, April 10, 2023

Hansel and Gretel; April 2 and 4, 2023

Roden Studio Voice Recital; Monday, March 27, 2023

Stella Roden Faculty Recital; Monday, February 27, 2023

Coleman Clarinet Celebration; Friday, February 10, 2023

Elisabeth Stimpert Faculty Recital; Thursday, February 9, 2023

Onijini Karimu Senior Violin Recital; Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Ben Snipes Senior Trumpet Recital; Wednesday, November 9, 2022

UCM Percussion Studio Concert; Tuesday, November 1, 2022

Sean Hamilton Guest Artist Concert; Friday, October 28, 2022

Christopher Smith Senior Clarinet Recital; Wednesday, October 26, 2022

UCM Choirs Fall Concert; Thursday, October 13, 2022

Gabrielle Moore Senior Recital; Sunday, October 9, 2022

Gracie Carlton Graduate Recital; Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Nikolas Baumert Junior Recital; Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Provost's Faculty Showcase; Sunday, August 21, 2022

Steve Wasko Graduate Violin Recital; Monday, April 25, 2022

Ian Mitchell Senior Violin Recital; Saturday, April 23, 2022

Emmanuel Agbeli Guest Artist Concert; Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Tanner Henley Senior Piano Recital; Sunday, April 10, 2022

Colin Levins Senior Piano Recital; Saturday, April 9, 2022

Ben Snipes Junior Jazz Trumpet Recital; Thursday, April 7, 2022

Clarinet Studio Recital; Tuesday, March 29, 2022

Elisabeth Stimpert Faculty Clarinet Recital; Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Anna Sanderson Senior Voice Recital; Saturday, December 4, 2021

Winter Choir Concert; Thursday, December 2, 2021

Great American Art Song Recital; Sunday, November 28, 2021

Morgan Gibson Senior Recital; Saturday, November 20, 2021

Jordan White Senior Recital; Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Clarinet Studio Recital; Monday, November 15, 2021

Symphony Orchestra Concerto and Aria Competition; Sunday, November 14, 2021

Savannah Purkey Senior Recital; Sunday, November 14, 2021

Kenzie Campbell Senior Recital; Saturday, November 13, 2021

Alexandria Clements and Macy Gaeth Senior Recital; Saturday, November 13, 2021

Guitar Ensemble Concert; Friday, November 12, 2021

Fall Winds Concert; Thursday, November 11, 2021

Timothy Campbell Senior Recital; Wednesday, November 10, 2021

The Works of Emma Lou Diemer: A Celebration; Tuesday, November 9, 2021

Shannon Jenkins and Olivia Jenkins Senior Recital; Sunday, November 7, 2021

Carter Hintz Senior Recital; Sunday, November 7, 2021

UCM Percussion Studio Concert; Thursday, November 4, 2021

Roden Studio Voice Recital; Monday, November 1, 2021

Kelsey Moore Senior Recital; Sunday, October 31, 2021

Emily German and Whitney Wagner Senior Recital; Sunday, October 31, 2021

Chad Fischer Saxophone Recital; Saturday, October 30, 2021

Woodwinds/Brass/Percussion Concerto/Aria Pre-Screening; Sunday, October 24, 2021

Derek Fields Horn Recital; Sunday, October 24, 2021

Fall Choir Concert; Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Charlsee Swisher Senior Voice Recital; Sunday, October 10, 2021

SK Kakraba Guest Artist Recital; Thursday, October 7, 2021

Roden Studio Fall Voice Recital; Monday, October 4, 2021

Provost's Faculty Showcase; Monday, August 30, 2021

Kathleen Morgan Graduate Voice Recital; Friday, April 30, 2021

Mélodie French Art Song Recital; Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Matt Crotty Senior Jazz Recital; Tuesday, April 27, 2021

ASTA Chamber Concert; Monday, April 26, 2021

Morgan Abernathey Senior Violin Recial; Sunday, April 25, 2021

Tanner Henley Junior Piano Recital; Sunday, April 25, 2021

Ian Mitchell Junior Violin Recital; Saturday, April 24, 2021

Nicklas Bohannon Senior Percussion Recital; Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Choral Masterworks Concert; Sunday, April 18, 2021

Regan Seba Piano Recital; Saturday, April 17, 2021

Spectrum Ensemble Guest Artist Recital; Friday, April 16, 2021

Janie Turner Senior Voice Recital; Sunday, April 11, 2021

Blake Pfeiffer Senior Jazz Recital; Saturday, April 10, 2021

Colin Levins Junior Piano Recital; Saturday, April 10, 2021

Ian McClaflin Guest Artist Recital; Friday, April 9, 2021

Flute Ensemble Concert; Thursday, April 8, 2021

Clarinet Studio Recital; Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Matt Nownes Senior Jazz Guitar Recital; Sunday, March 28, 2021

Zoe Eledge Senior Clarinet Recital; Sunday, March 28, 2021

Abigail Terrill Senior Piano Recital; Saturday, March 27, 2021

Deonte Mays Junior Clarinet Recital; Saturday, March 27, 2021

The Telephone by Menotti; Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Piano Area Showcase; Sunday, March 7, 2021

String Orchestra Concerto and Aria Competition Winner's Concert; Friday, March 5, 2021

Damon Pelto Senior Flute Recital; Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Collegiate Choir and Concert Choir Unity Concert; Sunday, February 28, 2021

Carter Hintz Junior Voice Recital; Saturday, February 27, 2021

Joshua Moore Junior Trombone Recital; Friday, February 26, 2021

Desmond Blake Junior Trombone Recital; Friday, February 26, 2021

Kyle Shewcraft Junior Trombone Recital; Thursday, February 25, 2021

Jordan White Junior Trombone Recital; Thursday, February 25, 2021

Andre Williams Senior Voice Recital; Sunday, February 21, 2021

Faculty Recital: Clarinet Fantasy; Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Kevin Wanner Senior Trumpet Recital; Thursday, January 28, 2021

Performance Showcase; Saturday, January 23, 2021

Kirstie Rossmiller Senior Clarinet Recital; Thursday, December 10, 2020

Seminar in Music Technology and Composition II Presentation/Concert; Sunday, December 6, 2020

Rebecca Brendel Senior Trumpet Recital; Saturday, December 5, 2020

Ashley Ingram Senior Viola Recital; Friday, December 4, 2020

Lydia Schockmann Senior Voice Recital; Saturday, November 21, 2020

Prescott Dillon Senior Recital; Friday, November 20, 2020

Kiersten Reynolds Senior Voice Recital; Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Concerto & Aria Competition; Sunday, November 15, 2020

Gabriel Englehart Senior Voice Recital; Saturday, November 14, 2020

Olivia Motsinger Senior Euphonium Recital; Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Grant Bucher Junior Saxophone Recital; Sunday, November 8, 2020

Rianna Gardner Senior Trombone Recital; Saturday, November 7, 2020

Wyatt Schmidt Junior Trombone Recital; Friday, November 6, 2020

Poetry + Percussion: A UCM Student Performance; Thursday, November 5, 2020

Saakumu Dance Troupe Guest Artist Virtual Recital; Monday, November 2, 2020

Woodwinds/Brass/Percussion Concerto/Aria Pre-Screening; Sunday, November 1, 2020

Alicyn Quick Senior Clarinet Recital; Saturday, October 31, 2020

Alex Smith Virtual Album Release Concert; Thursday, October 29, 2020

Griffin Campbell Guest Saxophone Recital; Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Fall Jazz Ensembles Concert; Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Amy Knost and Alyzabeth Munsterman Joint Flute Recital; Sunday, October 25, 2020

Breanna McGuire Senior Voice Recital; Saturday, October 24, 2020

Michael Beck Senior Voice Recital; Friday, October 23, 2020

Kathleen Morgan Opera Scenes Performance; Sunday, October 18, 2020

Lindsey Fisher Senior Clarinet Recital; Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Lake Cottage Duo; Sunday, October 11, 2020

Nicklas Bohannon Junior Recital; Thursday, September 24, 2020

Matt Crotty Junior Jazz Saxophone Recital; Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Morgan Abernathey Junior Violin Recital; Sunday, September 13, 2020

Blake Pfeiffer Junior Jazz-Commercial Trumpet Recital; Saturday, September 12, 2020

Provost's Faculty Showcase; Monday, August 31, 2020 - YouTube Stream

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