Department of Music ensembles are open to all members of the LMU community - being a Music major is not a requirement. 

Large Ensembles

Chamber Orchestra

The LMU Chamber Orchestra offers students and members of the community the chance to perform orchestral music representing a variety of style periods and musical genre. Participation is secured through audition. Among the recently performed works have been Concerti Grossi by Corelli, Vivaldi and Handel; the Serenades by Dvorak, Tchaikovsky and Elgar; and Britten's Simple Symphony. Contact Tania Fleischer, Director of the Chamber Ensembles, for more information and to audition.


Loyola Marymount University has long been recognized throughout the United States as having one of the leading collegiate choral programs. The Choruses are known for their hallmark “LMU tone and style” – marked by richness, intensity, and musicality. You can become part of this great tradition – a tradition filled with performances that have thrilled audiences at home and abroad. The ensembles have appeared in a variety of performance settings, ranging from L.A.’s Walt Disney Concert Hall, and the Hollywood Bowl, Carnegie Hall, to the church of the Frari in Venice, in Rome’s Basilica Santa Maria Sopra Minerva, and the Sistine Chapel. In addition to Masses at St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican and St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice, they have also given concerts in Munich, Germany, Salzburg and Vienna, Austria, and Paris, Versailles, and Normandy, France.

Selection for the LMU Choruses is based on audition. Singers are evaluated in the areas of musicality and musicianship, vocal technique and quality, as well as potential for musical growth. Prior choral experience is preferable for the Concert Choir and required for the Women’s Chorus and the Consort Singers. Attendance at all rehearsals and performances is required for the optimum artistic experience. The strength of the ensembles is dependent on the musical contribution of each member. Contact Mary Breden, Director of Choral Activities, for more information.

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Sinatra Opera Workshop

The opera program at Loyola Marymount University began in Spring 1990 with staged performances in Murphy Recital Hall of scenes from Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro and The Magic Flute. Preceding that production, in the Fall of 1989, a group of interested students had gathered in the living room of new Assistant Professor Virginia Saya to watch director Franco Zefferelli's film of Verdi's La Traviata and to discuss a vision of putting student opera on the stage at LMU. Present that afternoon were, among others, soprano Margaret Rose Koenn, for whom opera at LMU would be the first step in a major professional opera career in Germany as principal soprano in both Coburg and Darmstadt, as well as soprano Mary Carroll, who years later would send her own talented high school students to LMU to sing in the opera program imagined that day. Contact Virginia Saya, Director of the Sinatra Opera Workshop, for more information.

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Small Ensembles

  • String Ensemble
  • Guitar Ensemble
  • Chamber Ensembles
  • Jazz Ensemble

World Music Ensembles

Balinese Gamelan Angklung

Consisting primarily of keyed and gong-like instruments, gamelan angklung is one of several distinct types of metalophone orchestras in Bali. Intricate textures and sharp contrasts of expression contribute to a dynamic music result. Gamelan performance can be appreciated both as concert music and as an equal partner with dance. The instruction combines traditional ending (numbers and syllables notating core musical ideas) with subsequent emphasis on aural learning. Contact Paul Humphreys, Director of World Music, for more information.

West African Music & Dance

This ensemble offers opportunities for the study and performance of traditions that continue to carry a vital influence on music around the world. Principal emphasis falls upon the music of Ghana, including drumming and dance genres from north, east, and central regions of the country, in addition to music for atenteben (traditional flute) and gyil (gourd-resonated xylophone). The instruction is geared to a traditional aural approach. Contact Paul Humphreys, Director of World Music, for more information.

Studio Class

The Studio Class is a weekly recital hour designed to give all majors and minors taking private lessons the opportunity to perform at least once per semester in a formal concert atmosphere.

Student Soloists Recital

Each semester the music faculty selects upper classmen to perform on the Student Soloists Recital. This honor is bestowed on those students who are advanced in their private study and have shown considerable progress on their instrument.

Ensemble Concerts

All students in the music department participate in at least one ensemble. Performances are regularly scheduled for each of the ensembles each semester. Some of the ensembles take their performances off campus as well where they share their music with audiences throughout Los Angeles, California, the U.S and international sites.