The study of Music at the University of Dubuque will take you into the world of performing, conducting, music literature, history, and theory. You will leave ready to build a career in performance, academia, arts administration, music technology, and more.
Making a Difference Through the Study of Music
Students and faculty at UD are active performers on campus and beyond. They create innovative works and concerts, tour regionally and nationally, and work alongside professional artists who visit the UD campus.
Students who major in music will learn technical and performance skills related to their specific instrument/voice, conducting and rehearsal techniques, and in-depth knowledge of music history, literature, and theory.
Music-centered student organizations which have grown to become credit-bearing classes reflecting the level of study, work, and value that the arts have for the degree program:
- Basketball Band
- Chamber Singers
- Concert Band
- Concert Choir
- Gospel Choir
- Jazz Band
- Marching Band
- String Ensemble
- Treble Choir
Music careers include, but are not limited to, performance, composition, private or public teaching, church employment, community or military ensembles, arts administration, media, music sales, and music technology. Music study also hones broader skills such as public speaking, analytical thinking, and creative collaboration.
Students often pair a Music major with business major to facilitate work in arts management or marketing or with a Theatre major to further delve into the performing arts.
Performance ensembles are open to all UD students, regardless of major. University-owned instruments are available for use. Academic credit is available for participation in ensembles. Students may enroll in one or more bands during the fall semester, spring semester, or both.
The University of Dubuque Concert Band studies band literature and provides wind and percussion players of all majors with an artistic opportunity to perform in a concert ensemble. The group also serves as an outlet for vocal and instrumental music majors to study a secondary instrument and provide a lab setting for conducting students and guest artists. Concert Band performs two to four concerts annually.
The University of Dubuque Jazz Band performs diverse literature that ranges from big band swing to modern jazz-fusion. No prior experience with jazz, soloing, or improvisation is required. All instrumentalists are encouraged to participate. In addition to sharing concerts with Concert Band, the Jazz Band also performs at other special events both on- and off-campus.
The University of Dubuque Marching Band is UD's newest band ensemble! Performing throughout the fall semester, the UD Marching Spartans add school spirit and fun at athletic and special events. Scholarships are widely available. Fill out the interest form to be considered for scholarship opportunities.
The University of Dubuque Basketball Band exists to add excitement to sporting events and other special occasions on campus. Basketball Band primarily plays at select men's and women's home basketball games during the spring semester.
The University of Dubuque Drumline is an introductory course to rudimental drumming. No percussion experience is required and all students who participate in UD ensembles and choirs are encouraged to participate. Equipment, including drum pads and sticks, is provided.
The UD String Ensemble is an opportunity for string players to learn and perform a variety of repertoire in a fun and supportive environment.
Open to all university students, regardless of major. Academic credit is available for participation in performance ensembles.
The University of Dubuque Concert Choir studies choral repertoire from all genres and musical periods. The group performs between two to four concerts annually and frequently performs at University functions such as homecoming, opening convocation, commencement, and more.
The group also goes on a national tour every spring and has traveled to 38 states and Puerto Rico during the past 10 years. Cities the Concert Choir has performed include Boston, Honolulu, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New Orleans, New York City, Phoenix, San Diego, San Francisco, San Juan, Seattle, and Washington, DC.
Membership in Concert Choir is open to all students, regardless of major. A short audition is required to determine the voice part and placement in the ensemble. Concert Choir is available for one hour of credit to non-majors and fulfills ensemble requirements for music majors.
The University of Dubuque Chamber Singers is a select group of eight to 12 vocalists derived from members of the Concert Choir. The group performs challenging choral chamber pieces and a cappella works. The Chamber Singers perform two of their own concerts annually and perform during the Concert Choir's concerts.
Membership in Chamber Singers is open by audition to all students currently enrolled in Concert Choir. Chamber Singers is available for one hour of credit to non-majors and fulfills ensemble requirements for music majors.
The University of Dubuque Treble Choir sings a wide variety of styles, from classical to pop/modern, and maintains a lighter performance schedule of a couple of events per semester. Designed to accommodate students' busy schedules, this group rehearses less than two hours per week.
Membership in the Treble Choir is determined by a short audition consisting of a range check and pitch matching exercise. It is available for one hour of credit to non-majors and fulfills ensemble requirements for music majors.
The University of Dubuque Gospel Choir performs classic to modern gospel repertoire. The ensemble performs two concerts per year and performs in the Dubuque church community and for University functions. Membership in Gospel Choir is open to all students, regardless of major
Music Participation Scholarship Information
For incoming students who will participate in one or more music ensemble at the University of Dubuque, regardless of major. Students may receive a University of Dubuque Music Participation Scholarship for up to four years if they remain enrolled in one or more music ensembles each semester -- concert band, jazz band, string ensemble, concert choir, chamber singers, and/or treble choir.
Step 1: Apply for admission to the University of Dubuque online at: www.dbq.edu/apply or www.commonapp.org/apply
Step 2: Email a recording (audio or video) to UDMusic@dbq.edu
Email Subject Line: (Your Name) Audition (Your Instrument/Voice Type)
EX: John Doe Audition Trumpet or Jane Doe Audition Soprano
Auditions must be emailed on or before November 20, 2022.
Scholarship awards will be announced in early 2023.
- 1-2 minutes of an etude/solo; no accompaniment is necessary
- Two major scales (1 octave) of your choice
- Full range chromatic scale
- Two major scales in 'Green Scales' format, M.M. = 100+
- Demonstration of basic four mallet playing (an etude, short solo, or technical exercise)
- Snare Drum
- Long roll (closed). Pianissimo to fortissimo back to pianissimo over 30 seconds
- Single paradiddle and flam accent rudiments. Slow to fast back to slow
- Drum Set
- Demonstrate three styles for eight bars each. Possible options: Rock, Swing, Bossa Nova, Samba, Shuffle, R&B, Reggae, etc.
- 1-2 minutes of an etude/solo; no accompaniment is necessary
- Violins: G major scale (2 octaves) and B-flat major scale (1 octave)
- Viola and Cello: D major scale (2 octaves) and B-flat major scale (1 octave)
- Bass: G major scale and B-flat major scale (both 1 octave)
- 1-2 minutes of accompanied singing (with piano or recorded instrumental track) that shows your range and abilities
- An a cappella rendition (in any key) of one of the following: "The Star-Spangled Banner" OR one verse of "Silent Night" OR one verse of "My Country 'Tis of Thee"
- Both of the above should be performed in a choral/classical style
Charles BarlandProfessor of Music; University Organist
Phone: 563.589.3564 Fax: 563.589.3482 Email: CBarland@dbq.edu Department: Fine & Performing Arts Office: 302D Heritage Center
DMA, University of Kansas; MA, University of Iowa; BA, Carroll University.
Laura BeePiano Instructor
Email: LBee@dbq.edu Department: Fine & Performing Arts Office: Heritage Center
BS, University of Wisconsin - Platteville
Kristen EbyAssistant Professor of Music; Director of Choral Activities; Department Head.
Phone: 563.589.3542 Email: KEby@dbq.edu Department: Fine & Performing Arts Office: 302E Heritage Center
MM, University of Oregon; BA, Westmont College
Tracy FurlongOperations and Promotions Manager for the Marching Band
Email: TFurlong@dbq.edu Department: Fine & Performing Arts Office: 302B Heritage Center
Evan GlickmanDirector of Jazz and Athletic Bands; Assistant Professor of Music.
Phone: 563.589.3140 Email: EGlickman@dbq.edu Department: Fine & Performing Arts
Nolan HautaDirector of Concert Bands; Assistant Professor of Instrumental Music
Phone: 563.589.3797 Fax: 563.589.3482 Email: NHauta@dbq.edu Department: Fine & Performing Arts Office: 302G Heritage Center
DMA, University of Iowa; MM, University of Minnesota - Duluth; BA, University of Minnesota - Morris.