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The NU Music Department offers a wide variety of performance ensembles for all ability levels. These vary from groups like the Symphony Orchestra, Choral Society, and Wind Ensemble to groups like the Jazz Ensemble, Rock Ensemble, and Jazz Choir. The Create Your Own Music and World Music ensembles offer students with less musical experience an opportunity to play music in an ensemble setting as well.

Ensembles are one-credit classes, and the credit is free in most cases. At the discretion of the ensemble director, it may be possible for a student to participate in an ensemble without taking the class for credit.

Most ensembles are open to all students regardless of major. However, as Music concentrators are required to take ensembles as part of their curriculum, they receive precedence if competing with a non-Music major of equal musicianship for a position in a group.

Most of the ensembles require an audition or the permission of the director for participation. More information can be found by visiting the individual ensemble descriptions found on this page.


Ensemble Scholarships

We are pleased to announce the availability of scholarships for instrumental, orchestral, and choral musicians in support of our large ensembles on campus.

These scholarships are for full-time first-year and NUin students who display strong musical talent, and start at $2,500/year (the scholarships are renewable). You do not need to be a music major to receive an ensemble performance scholarship.

Scholarships ranging from $2,500-$5,000 per year are available on a competitive basis for participation in Northeastern’s Wind Ensemble, Choral Society, University Orchestra, and Pep Band.


Although the wind ensemble, chorus and orchestra require an audition at the beginning of each school year, a separate audition is required for those wishing to compete for one of these ensemble scholarships.

The scholarship application deadline is March 31 regardless of early action, early decision, or regular decision.

Results will be sent via email by April 15.

Any further questions can be sent to Professor Allison Betsold ([email protected]).


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