Music Ensembles & Scholarships

Join one of our talented performing groups


All student musicians–not just music majors and minors–are invited and encouraged to join one or more of our many available instrumental and vocal music ensembles.

Hawk Marching Band
The marching band performs at all home football games in addition to other various venues. The marching band conducts pregame and halftime performances in addition to playing in the stands during games. Any music and non-music major students with musical talent are invited to audition. The marching band serve as musical ambassadors for Quincy University!

Concert Choir
Concert Choir is the largest singing ensemble at Quincy University. The choir performs a variety of music with accompaniment or a cappella. Students with singing talent may register to be in Concert Choir.

Chamber Choir
Chamber Choir is a 16-member a cappella singing group that performs a variety of music. Members are chosen from auditions at the beginning of each fall semester. The Chamber Choir holds the distinction of being the music department’s elite singing ensemble.

Guitar Ensemble
The Quincy University Guitar Ensemble consists of five to eight instrumentalists and comprised of University students. University alumni and Quincy community members are encouraged to audition. The ensemble performs three to four concerts each academic year plus other University functions. The Guitar Ensemble hosts guest guitarist from various colleges, conservatories, and universities and has also performed at Western Illinois University in Macomb, Illinois. The Guitar Ensemble is offered as a University course for credit and student participation is by audition only.

Jazz Ensemble
The Quincy University Jazz Ensemble consists of 17 instrumentalists and comprised of University students. The ensemble performs three concerts each academic year plus a special showcase concert featuring vocalists and small jazz groups. Jazz Ensemble is offered as a University course for credit and student participation is by audition only.

Symphonic Band
The Quincy University Symphonic Band is made up of university students. The band performs at least two concerts per semester in addition to special university functions, such as graduation, Quincy All-Schools Mass, and other celebrations. In 2009, the band commissioned and premiered a brand new composition, Ars Antiqua, by QU alumnus Randall Snyder. The band is open to students of any major who complete a short audition.

Other Music Groups
Garnered by student interest year to year, a number of additional ensembles are available for student musicians. In recent years, these groups have included a percussion ensemble, brass quintet, and six-piece jazz combo.


Music scholarships and grants are awarded to students who demonstrate a high degree of musical talent, whether instrument or vocal. Awards are determined by the faculty in the Division of Fine Arts after auditions are conducted and any additional requirements are met. While participation in music ensembles is required for these scholarships, it is not necessary to major in music to earn these awards.