Ensembles & Private Instruction

ATTN Incoming Freshmen and Students New to the Music Program

  • Ensembles and Private Instruction are classes offered for college credit
  • Ensembles and Private Instruction are open to all students enrolled in the University, not just music majors.
    • Interested students are welcome and strongly encouraged to participate.
  • If a class requires Permission, see the Department Chair or Administrative Assistant in Performing Arts Center (PAC) 202
  • To sign up for Ensembles add the desired ensemble to your class schedule; most ensembles do NOT require permission

Private Instruction

Private instruction is available to students in any major. Contact the Department to request permission:
Email: music@frostburg.edu
Phone: 301.687.4116

  • Students enrolled in 2-cr private instruction MUST ALSO ENROLL in one of the Department’s ensembles
  • Two-credit lessons provide a one-hour lesson each week
  • One-credit lessons provide a half-hour lesson each week
  • There is an additional fee for private instruction of $200 per credit
Course Numbers
  • MUSA 325-363 – 2 credits, for Music majors/minors
  • MUSA 116-125 – 1 credit, for Non-majors/minors


Membership in music ensembles is open to all students enrolled in the University, not just music majors. Interested students are welcome and strongly encouraged to participate.

There is an additional fee of $10 for each ensemble in which you are enrolled.


The Jazz Orchestra performs a wide variety of music ranging from classic swing to contemporary jazz, fusion, and Latin music. It prepares an extensive repertoire for the concerts given every semester. They perform on campus in the Pealer Recital Hall and have also presented concerts in local clubs and high schools in Maryland and Pennsylvania.
(MUSC 327 – 1 credit)


The Percussion Ensemble performs a variety of compositional styles, including avant-garde, classical transcriptions, ragtime, jazz and contemporary rock.
(MUSC 339 – 1 credit)


The Brass Ensemble studies and performs a diverse repertoire, giving a concert every semester and performing at University and community events.
(MUSC 331 – 1 credit)

WOODWIND ENSEMBLES (Clarinet, Flute, Saxophone)

Small, 4-8 member ensembles work with individual faculty members on diverse repertoire, with performances on- and off-campus throughout the year.
(MUSC 337 Woodwinds – 1 credit)
(MUSC 331 Brass - 1 credit
(MUSC 315 Piano – 1 credit)
(MUSC 335 String– 1 credit)


The Guitar Ensemble performs music in a wide variety of styles and time periods, ranging from Renaissance to classical, jazz and pop/rock. Performing groups range from duos to quintets, guitar orchestra and collaborations with other instrumentalists. Although its core members are classical guitar majors, it is open to guitarists of any background.
(MUSC 336 – 1 credit)


During the fall semester, the Marching Bobcats perform at home football games and other FSU athletic events. The band is an important part of the FSU community and plays a vital role for the school spirit of the University. It performs music in several styles, including jazz, pop and mainstream marching band charts. The Marching Bobcats is open to University students with previous band experience and has vacancies for all woodwind, brass and percussion instruments.
(MUSC 329 — 1 credit)


The University Wind Ensemble is the premiere wind concert organization on campus, consisting of a select group of players in a smaller, generally one-on-a-part setting. It performs several concerts throughout the academic year and tours throughout the Mid-Atlantic region as goodwill ambassadors for the University.

This popular group performs a variety of exciting, diverse and challenging music from the Renaissance to the present, with most selections coming from the symphonic band and chamber wind repertoire.
(MUSC 330 — 1 credit)


The University Chorale, 60-75 members strong, performs large and small choral works from various styles and periods of music. It frequently performs works that are both a cappella and accompanied, often combining forces with orchestras of various sizes to present major works from the choral repertoire. Noted for its diversity in repertoire, this ensemble performs on campus and around the Mid-Atlantic region.
(MUSC 319 – 1 credit)


The Chamber Singers is a select (audition only) ensemble of 20-24 singers that performs chamber literature from the various styles and periods of music. The choir rehearses three hours weekly with an emphasis on highly musical performances of primarily a cappella repertoire.
(MUSC 340 – 1 credit)


Troubadours Tenor/Bass Choir is comprised of singers of all genders who desire to sing in the tenor/baritone/bass ranges. The ensemble focuses on performing treasures and new works of the TB (tenor-bass) repertoire and frequently perform works that are both a cappella and accompanied, often combining forces with other choirs and community ensembles. Noted for their diversity in repertoire, this ensemble performs both on campus and around the Mid-Atlantic region.
(MUSC 360 – 1 credit)


Opera Theatre provides an opportunity for all music majors to explore and learn about becoming a complete vocal performer. Designed for students with an interest in the performance and production of opera. Opera students perform opera scenes, full opera, and operettas from all centuries.
(MUSC 321 – 1 credit)
(Permission of the instructor is required.)

Programs Offered by the Department

  • B.S./B.A. Music
    Major and Minor
    Concentrations in Vocal Performance, Music Management, Instrumental Performance, Music Studies, Teaching Option