Music Ensembles

Music Ensembles

The University of the Cumberlands music department offers many exciting performing ensembles for UC students. These ensembles contribute significantly to the Cumberlands experience and are active in many facets of campus life. They range in size from small chamber ensembles to large ensembles for both choral and instrumental groups. Participation is open to all students on campus regardless of whether they are music majors or students with majors in other subject areas. Auditions are not required for participation in these ensembles with the exception of the Chorale and Chamber Choir.

Select the University of the Cumberlands ensemble that you would like to learn more about! 
Chamber Choir/Show Choir

The Chamber Choir is an SATB ensemble of 14-16 singers. The members of Chamber Choir are selected by audition.

The primary emphasis for Chamber Choir in the fall is the annual presentation of the Madrigal Dinners, an Elizabethan celebration of Christmas, complete with costumes, decorations, and a seven-course meal. During the spring semester, in addition to performing standard SATB literature, the ensemble functions as a Show Choir performing popular music and Broadway selections both on campus and in area schools and churches. Chamber Choir meets twice each week. Credit, one hour.

Chamber Ensembles

In addition to large ensembles, UC offers various smaller chamber ensembles for student participation. These ensembles vary from semester to semester depending upon student interest. Regularly offered ensembles include woodwind quintet, saxophone quartet, flute choir, jazz combo, clarinet choir, tuba/euphonium ensemble, brass quintet, and trumpet ensemble.

Saxophone Quartet
UC Clarinet Choir
UC Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble
UC Flute Choir at the Madrigal Dinners

The Chorale is open to all students on the University of the Cumberlands' Campus and is considered to be the primary choral ensemble. Admission to this ensemble is dependent upon a successful audition. The Chorale performs literature from all periods of choral music. Membership in the Chorale ranges from 45-60 singers. The Chorale is the touring choir of the college representing Cumberlands at various state, educational, and denominational meetings. The Chorale has made four tours to Europe, singing concerts in the countries of Holland, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Luxemburg, England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. The Chorale meets three times per week. Credit, one hour.

Cumberland Singers

Cumberland Singers, an SATB choir of 60-80 members, is open to all University of the Cumberlands' students. The repertoire includes both sacred and secular selections representing all periods of choral music. Concerts are presented both on campus and in local churches. Cumberland Singers meets twice each week. Credit, one hour.

Percussion Ensemble

The Percussion Ensemble is designed to give the percussionist an intensive playing experience. In the fall semester, the Percussion Ensemble works on development of the rudimental-style of playing, focusing primarily on marching percussion and marching band music. The spring semester provides opportunities to play a wide variety of styles and pieces including solo, chamber, and ensemble literature, modern styles, rudimental and world music. This ensemble is open to interested Percussionists, according to the needs of the ensemble. Percussion Ensemble meets once for two hours each week. Credit, one hour.

Jazz Ensemble

The UC Jazz Ensemble is an exciting seventeen-piece big band that performs music from a variety of styles including straight-ahead swing, funk, latin, ballads, bebop and fusion. Under the direction of Mr. David Threlkeld, this entertaining unit performs often on campus and throughout the southeastern United States. The ensemble is open not only to music majors, but to all UC students and the members frequently represent a variety of major fields of study. The Jazz Ensemble rehearses Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:40-2:55. All of the members of this ensemble receive one hour of course credit.

Each year the Jazz Ensemble hosts guest clinicians and soloists who are recognized among the finest names in jazz performance and education. Past guest artists include Greg Abate, Dominic Spera, Rande Sanderbeck, David Ridenour, Rick Simerly, Bob Bryant, John Willmarth and Jamey Aebersold.

The UC Jazz Ensemble hosts the University of the Cumberlands High School Jazz Ensemble each spring. This clinic offers sessions for high school students on topics including ensemble rehearsal, improvisation, style interpretation and instrument specific master classes.

For more information about the Jazz Ensemble or the High School Jazz Clinic, contact David Threlkeld at (606) 539-4334 or

University Bands

The Marching Band (MUPR 114) is the most visible part of the University of the Cumberlands' Instrumental Music Program and is made up of students from all majors on campus.  The Marching Band provides musical entertainment and school spirit at all home football games and frequently performs exhibitions at area high school marching band competitions. The Band's musical repertoire includes everything from jazz to pop to southern gospel and country.

Members of the Band come from across the United States. Most are not music majors and participate in band just for fun. They share a love for making music and enjoy being around students with similar interests. Scholarships are available for participation in Marching Band. The Cumberlands Marching Band is directed by Steven Sudduth and James Corcoran. Credit, 1 hour

Concert Band (MUPR 115) performs three concerts during the spring semester. Membership in the Concert Band is open to all students, faculty and community members. The Concert Band performs literature written for school bands, traditional military band literature, chamber music and exciting new works for college wind ensembles. Led by Director of Bands Dr. Steven Sudduth, the Concert Band is the primary large instrumental ensemble on campus during the spring semester. In addition to concerts on campus, the Concert Band frequently tours the area in the spring, playing at schools, churches and concert halls across the region. Scholarships are available for participation in Concert Band. Credit, 1 hour

The Pep Band (MUPR 119) is the primary athletic band for the spring semester. Pep Band performs for home Patriot Basketball games. Membership is open to all University of the Cumberlands students who play band instruments. Credit, 1 hour

In addition to the three large bands, Cumberlands students participate in several small ensembles like the flute choir, clarinet choir, trombone choir, tuba euphonium ensemble, brass quintets, small jazz groups, woodwind quintets and saxophone quartets.