Sharing music matters.

All music degrees require participation in various ensemble activities. Incoming first-year students receive placement into one of three large ensembles.

University Chorale

A select concert choir, open to full-time students by audition. Chorale provides exposure to outstanding choral literature from the sixteenth century to the present. The purpose of the Chorale is to explore beauty in choral art, both sacred and secular, in the context of Christian community to the glory of God.

  • Membership Audition: Membership granted by audition only.
  • Touring Group: Yes

Chancel Singers

A choir for full-time students interested in serving the Lord through the gift of singing. Emphasis is placed on voice building, teamwork and ministry to the campus community, presenting two formal concerts each term.

  • Membership Audition: Membership is open to all students without audition.
  • Touring Group: No

Symphonic Winds

A large ensemble of woodwind, brass and percussion players committed to quality performance of wind ensemble and concert band literature. Symphonic Winds performs twice each semester including one full-length, formal concert. A weekend retreat is held each fall to foster musical growth and camaraderie.

  • Membership Audition: Membership granted by audition only and requires a one-year commitment.
  • Touring Group: No

More Ensembles

Contemporary Ensemble

Ensembles comprised of bass, drums, guitars, keyboards and vocalists. Ensembles provide opportunities to perform from the broad umbrella of popular music (1950-present). Groups explore various textures, development of charts and arrangements, microphone techniques, lead and background vocals, improvisation and listening skills.

  • Membership Audition: Membership by audition only.
  • Touring Group: No

Cornerstone University Brass

A quintet of trumpets, trombone, French horn and tuba. With a repertoire that spans the centuries, CU Brass ministers by sharing the melodic beauty of instrumental praise. The ensemble also performs many beloved hymns, including "Crown Him with Many Crowns," "All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name" and "The Lord's Prayer."

  • Membership Audition: Membership granted by audition only.
  • Touring Group: Yes

Credo

An eight-member vocal ensemble specializing in sacred and secular a cappella music that strives for excellence with the goal of glorifying God through music. The group enjoys an eclectic repertoire from Renaissance madrigals to contemporary popular songs, including hymn arrangements and vocal jazz.

  • Membership Audition: Membership granted by audition only.
  • Touring Group: Yes

Gold Standard

Gold Standard is a jazz-based contemporary ensemble. This eight-piece group features new takes on standards as well as music from the great jazz-influenced funk, rock and soul bands.

  • Touring Group: Yes

Pep Band

A highly energetic ensemble comprised of winds, bass and drums. Pep Band serves to enhance the atmosphere at Cornerstone University men's and women's basketball games, by performing rock, funk, jazz and traditional pep band cheers.

  • Membership Audition: Membership is open to all students.
  • Touring Group: No

Red Letter Edition

A contemporary ensemble comprised of six or more members. The band performs a wide range of worship music by artists such as Chris Tomlin, David Crowder and Hillsong, serving as musical ambassadors of Christ and facilitators of worship for the community that aligns with David's example in Psalm 40:3.

  • Membership Audition: Membership granted by audition only.
  • Touring Group: Yes

Woodwind Quintet

The Cornerstone University Woodwind Quintet consists of flute, oboe, clarinet, French horn and bassoon.

  • Membership Audition: Membership is determined by the director of Symphonic Winds at the university.
  • Touring Group: No

Worship Ensemble

A small ensemble comprised of drums, bass, keyboard, guitars and vocalists, preparing and ministering music for congregational singing. Students will not only develop related musical skills, but also ministry skills such as calls to worship, scripture reading and public prayer.

  • Membership Audition: Membership granted by audition only.
  • Touring Group: No