College of Fine Arts and Design

Chamber Music

The UCO School of Music recognizes the Chamber Music experience as an integral part of a musician's training. Players in the various chamber ensembles usually focus on one-on-a-part performances, which allow the musicians to experience the highest levels of responsibility and flexibility. This type of individual performance responsibility helps the student musician to mature and grow, as they learn to function and perform like a professional. In addition, chamber ensembles allow students to experience music from every different compositional style period, from medieval and renaissance music to current pieces by living composers. The chamber ensembles function almost as a music "lab" experience, where the musicians can apply what they learn in theory and history.

These ensembles are not conducted, but rather, there is a unique rapport between the students and the faculty who "coach" them. Because of flexible size, instrumentation, personnel, and the high quality of the finest groups, many of these ensembles have the opportunity to perform in highly visible performance venues for influential audiences.

Studio Chamber Groups

These groups are fantastic opportunities for majors and non majors to work together with our esteemed faculty. Please feel free to contact the professors listed if you would like one of these groups to perform at your school or event.

The UCO Flute Choir, directed by Dr. Emily Butterfield, professor of flute, performs campus, school and community concerts. Students in the ensemble play concert flute, piccolo, alto flute and bass flute. Repertoire from recent performances includes McMichael Rose Cottage, Glinka Oh, Little Apple, Boyce Symphony No. 1, Clarke Walk Like This, McGinty Greensleves, Schocker Flutes in the Garden, Red/Kile In Remembrance

Flute Choir

For more information please contact Dr. Emily Butterfield,


The UCO Percussion Consort, directed by Mr. David Hardman plays music written and arranged for the vast family of percussion instruments. From duos and trios to large works involving twelve or more players, the ensemble's repertoire reflects the history of percussion, as well as its place in the twenty-first century.  The Consort, founded in 2003 by David Hardman, UCO Director of Percussion Studies, performs regularly to large audiences at the UCO Jazz Lab and Mitchell Hall Theater on campus. 

As advocates of new music, the Consort has premiered two new works for percussion, and they frequently collaborate with other musicians, singers, and dancers.  They perform a feature concert each year at the Oklahoma Percussive Arts Society Festival, and appear at other venues around the state.  The UCO Percussion Consort is open to all UCO percussion majors and other UCO students with permission.

For more information please contact Mr. David Hardman,


The UCO Trombone Choir is directed by Jeff Kidwell. The ensemble is a natural extension of the trombone studio, implementing performance techniques and skills that are emphasized in applied study and lessons. Trombone Choir can be taken for credit, and the wide variety of traditional and contemporary jazz/pop/commercial literature that the group rehearses and performs builds and strengthens the trombone section in every large ensemble on campus. There is a great deal of camaraderie and collegial spirit among the players in the trombone studio and Trombone Choir. They have performed at International Trombonists Association conventions in Nashville, TN, Denton, TX, and Colorado Springs. Campus performances include special events and even student recitals. The group has an active performance schedule throughout the year in local Oklahoma City area venues, such as the Oklahoma Trombone Workshop in Norman, and the St. Patrick's Day Celebration at Rose State College.

For more information please contact Mr. Jeff Kidwell,


The Central Clarinet Choir, directed by Mrs. Jenny Rucker, adjunct instructor of clarinet, performs campus, school and community concerts. This ensemble combines UCO Students with Community Members through the Central Community Music School. Students in the ensemble play Bb, Eb Soprano, Bb Bass and Bb Contrabass.

For more information please contact Mrs. Jenny Rucker,


The UCO Keyboard Ensemble (Clavinorchestra) utilizes state-of-the-art Yamaha Clavinovas in combination with Steinway pianos.  Participating in the ClavinOrchestra offers pianists the rare opportunity to experience endless variety of ensemble sounds, from classical to jazz, in multiple-keyboard groups of all sizes.

For more information, contact Dr. David Forbat


Chamber Music Initiative

The School of Music currently has sixhonors chamber groups for the Fall 2014 Spring Semester. These leadership groups are determined by audition and the groups selected perform on and off campus numerous times per semester. Music outreach is an important facet to our chamber music program--and many of these groups have performed in nursing homes, assisted living centers, as well as for elementary and middle schools.Through their study of chamber music these students learn valuable communication skills that will aid them in whatever career path they choose.

If you are interested in having one of these groups perform for your organizations events, please feel free to email the contact person listed.

The Beethoven Quartet was established in the Fall of 2013 at the University of Central Oklahoma and consists of principal violinists Xinye Niu and Jia Wei, principal violist Ben Frantz, and principal cellist Jack Frantz. Niu and Wei are both current Graduate students at UCO, and brothers Ben and Jack are earning their Undergraduate degrees. The group is coached by Dr. Hong Zhu.

Skyrim String Quartet

For more information, please contact Benjamin Frantz,

The LOCh Trio; Lara Davis (clarinet), Chang Liu (piano), Orlando Ramirez (viola) was established in Fall semester of 2014. This trio is unique because the players are a mix from three different music departments; string, piano and wind. In addition, the LOCh Trio contains musical experience from both the United States and China, which helps contribute to a diverse sound. Having played for over a combined 25 years, each member personally enjoys the opportunity to bring the joy of music to people. The LOCh Trio is coached by Dr. Chindarat Charoenwongse-Shaw.

For more information, please contact Orlando Ramirez,

The Cadenza Quartet is one of the University of Central Oklahoma’s Leadership Chamber Ensembles. This is a group that includes three undergraduate students and a master’s student. The students are: Faith Skinner, Preston Drain, Ryan McCann, and Brittany Richardson. Under the direction of Dr. Peggy Moran, the quartet, consisting of four French horns, made their first debut in September of 2013.

Cadenza Horn Quartet

For more information please email Faith Skinner,

The Central Piano Triet was established in January of 2012 and has gained popularity and interest ever since. They specialize in performing music composed/arranged for three people at one piano. Their repertoire ranges from the romantic works of Rachmaninov, to the modern works of ABBA. They have had the privilege of performing in several concert series and events in the Oklahoma City/Edmond community such as Noon Tunes at the Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library, Dr. ValeryKuleshov’s annual concert, Valery and Friends, and the College of Fine Arts and Design awards ceremony, just to name a few. They also participate in community outreach performances at local schools in order to teach others about six-hand piano music, in addition to performing at local nursing homes and assisted living centers.

The members of the Central Piano Triet for the 2014/2015 season are Amber Zuniga, Ziyun (Anna) Li, and Tracy Lofton. Amber Zuniga is a senior vocal performance major and collaborative piano minor, Ziyun (Anna) Li is a graduate music education major, and Tracy Lofton is a junior piano performance major. The Central Piano Triet is coached by Dr. Linda Owen and is a part of the Chamber Music Initiative at the University of Central Oklahoma.

Central Piano Triet

For more information, please contact Amber Zuniga,

Harmonia Winds is the University of Central Oklahoma's student reed trio.  Established in the fall of 2013, Harmonia Winds sees the return of oboist Ann Schrock and bassoonist Jeremiah Eshelman.  This fall, Harmonia Winds has gained a wonderful new member, clarinetist Madelynne Short. The blend of these three beautiful reed instruments makes a rich, vibrant sound for all types of music.  We want to reach out to the community and introduce beautiful music to those who may not have heard this combination.  We enjoy playing together and arranging fun pieces, and we are honored to be coached and greatly encouraged by Dr. Lori Wooden.

Harmonia Winds

For more information please contact Ann Schrock,

The Old North Trio (Abigail Pappas, Taylor Bauer, and Shenghui Luo) was established in the fall of 2012 in response to the Chamber Music Initiative at the UCO School of Music. Under the direction of Dr. Dawn Lindblade, the trio of on violin, clarinet and piano made its debut in the November 2012 Chamber Ensemble Concert.  The Old North Trio has since performed many times on the UCO campus, such as master classes with renowned pianist Barry Snyder, Ed Gates, and clarinetist Wesley Ferreira. Among these, the trio has also performed off campus in assisted living centers, a benefit concert for Mercy hospital, and the Bridgestone 5th/6th grade Center band program.

Old North

For more information please contact Taylor Bauer,