Each of the Special Repertory Ensembles sponsored by the Department of Music is conducted by an expert in the field. All of the ensemble directors are active and acclaimed performers in the Chicago area, and many have performing careers that stretch throughout the United States and around the world. Each of the groups holds its own set of auditions and/or invitational open houses at the beginning of the academic year. In some cases, membership is open to musicians with no prior experience in the genre. See individual ensemble listings for more information.
The Special Repertory Ensembles include: