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Interested in participating in Music ensembles at UNK? Fill out the Music Ensemble Participation Inquiry for more information:

Music Ensemble Participation Inquiry


Jazz/Rock Ensemble

The UNK Jazz/Rock Ensemble, one of the top performing and touring groups on campus, serves as a laboratory for music students to hone their jazz performance skills and as a small ensemble for university students who want to play big band jazz. The instrumentation consists of five saxophones, four trombones, five trumpets, two keyboard players who double on synthesizers, electric bass, electric guitar and two percussionists. All university students are eligible to audition. The ensemble rehearses on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:00 to 12:15, and each section rehearses individually once each week. During Fall semester, the band prepares a December concert and during the Spring semester, an April concert. Occasionally, the Ensemble participates in national festivals such as the University of Northern Colorado's Greeley Jazz Festival. For more information, contact Tim Farrell.

Chamber Orchestra

The UNK Chamber Orchestra is a student string chamber orchestra that consists of seven to eighteen string players. The ensemble provides opportunities for string students to advance their knowledge and performance skills in string orchestra literature. The repertoire performed focuses on the standard string ensemble works throughout the centuries. The chamber orchestra rehearses on Monday and Wednesday from 2:30pm-3:20pm, and performs in various venues each semester.

Kearney Symphony Orchestra

For over a century, music lovers from all parts of Nebraska have gathered in Kearney to join in the camaraderie of playing and listening to great symphony orchestra literature, as well as popular favorites. Central Nebraska's premier symphonic Orchestra is composed of enthusiastic music lovers from North Platte to Grand Island, and from Alma to Dunning. The body also serves as the student orchestra of UNK. The orchestra rehearses on Tuesday evenings from 7:00-9:30, and usually presents four concerts each season (October, December, March and April). On occasion, community chamber-music concerts are presented in conjunction with the regular season concerts.

Thornton String Quartet

Formed during the fall semester of 2004, the Thornton String Quartet is UNK's principal scholarship chamber ensemble and has represented UNK in various performance venues throughout Nebraska. Literature performed includes the standard string quartet repertoire of the eighteenth century to the present. Selected through competitive auditions, each of the quartet members receives a Thornton String Quartet Scholarship in the amount of $3,000 annually. Members of the quartet rehearse twice a week and perform in the Kearney Symphony Orchestra which rehearses one evening per week. Each semester, the quartet performs in recitals and in other community/university service settings. For more information, contact Ting-Lan Chen.


The Nebraskats is a 14-voice show choir comprised of full-time students at UNK who represent many areas of study as well as most areas in the state. The Nebraskats are selected by competitive auditions each spring from the 50-75 students who audition each year. The music performed by the Nebraskats includes Broadway show tunes, medleys of songs by various composers, and popular music from the 30s to the 21st Century. The singers are accompanied by a small band. Highlights of past years have included performance tours of Japan, China, Germany, England, Austria, Australia, the Czech Republic, and Washington, D.C. For more information, contact Eileen Jahn.