LCU is pleased to offer several Instrumental Ensembles to any student on campus. In addition to scholarship money for participation, these groups offer tight-knit communities within which you can explore and develop your musical talent.
Auditions take place at the beginning of each semester, and any student with previous instrumental experience is highly encouraged to join an ensemble that interests them. Ensembles perform at various events throughout the school year and are made up of students from all majors. With several instrumental ensembles available, any LCU student can find a group to develop their musicianship, experience the excellence of the Department of Communication and Fine Arts, and participate in the greater LCU community.
If you are interested in auditioning for one of our ensembles, please be sure to fill out the audition reservation form below (note: this does not apply to auditions for the Big Blue Basketball Band).
The LCU Symphonic Band, directed by Dr. Jackie Townsend, is a wind and percussion ensemble that performs regularly throughout the school year. This ensemble is open to any student (whether they are majoring in music or not), and individuals with previous experience in high school band programs are highly encouraged to audition.
The Symphonic Band performs a wide variety of traditional and contemporary wind band music and several opportunities exist for collaboration with renowned musicians (including our wonderful LCU music faculty), composers, and clinicians. Students are able to interact and perform with each other while continuing to develop important technical and artistic musical skills. Additionally, several performances take place in the beautiful McDonald Moody Auditorium, giving students the full thrill of a professional artistic experience.
As of Fall 2020, we are thrilled to have broken ground on a new and innovative rehearsal hall, which will be utilized by our musicians and give us even greater opportunities for exciting and enriching musical activities.
Auditions for the LCU Symphonic Band typically take place at the beginning of the school year in the Fall (although opportunities to join mid-year may also be available). Individuals seeking to audition for the group will need to submit an online audition reservation form, found on the “Instrumental Ensembles” landing page.
For additional information about auditions or questions about the LCU Symphonic Band, please feel free to contact Dr. Jackie Townsend, Director of Bands.
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Lubbock Christian University’s Jazz band, directed by Ms. Lynda Reid, is open to both music majors and non-majors, and provides an opportunity to develop skills in playing the varying styles of jazz and commercial music encountered by today’s working musician, as well as a platform that encourages the development of skill in improvisation and the practical application of music theory in performance situations.
Auditions for the LCU Jazz Band are open to all students regardless of experience. Instruments include saxophone, trumpet, trombone, piano, guitar, bass, drums, and percussion. Scholarships are available for participation.
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Lubbock Civic Orchestra: Dr. Ryan Smith and Dr. Blair Williams, directors
The Lubbock Civic Orchestra was founded in the Fall of 2018 with the intention of bringing great orchestral music to the community with free concerts and outreach programs, while also providing community amateur and semi-professional musicians a platform for utilizing their talents for service to Lubbock and the surrounding areas. LCU students are welcome to audition and participate.
Lubbock Civic Orchestra is funded in partnership with Lubbock Christian University with an educational mission to reach the community of Lubbock as an artistic ensemble. For more information visit the orchestra website or send an e-mail.