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.

Chamber Music Initiative

The School of Music currently has seven honors chamber groups on scholarship for the 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 Vitamin D Trio is a new string trio derived from the Vitale Quartet.  This trio brings over 25 years worth of total experience in playing as well as over 10 years worth of total teaching experience.  This group still holds music making as the number one priority as it travels to retirement homes, campus diners, as well as many different middle schools and high schools around the Edmond area to share music.  This group is unique in that it focuses on both modern and historical performance practice playing music of the Baroque Era on baroque instruments.  Overall, this group enjoys making music with one another and enjoys sharing music with colleagues and friends.

For more information please contact Jose Batty,


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 performed many times on the UCO campus, such as master classes with renowned pianist Barry Snyder, 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,

Harmonia Winds is a reed trio established the fall of 2013. This spring we welcome bassoonist, Jeremiah Eshelman.  Initial members are Ann Schrock on oboe, and Joseph Wilkes on clarinet.  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.

For more information please contact Ann Schrock,

The Cadenza Quartet is one of the University of Central Oklahoma’s Leadership Chamber Ensembles. This is a new group made up entirely of freshman. Under the direction of Dr. Peggy Moran, the quartet, consisting of four French horns, made their first debut in September of 2013. Members include Faith Skinner, Preston Drain, Sydney Townley, and Katherine McKinney.

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. Norrick Downtown Library, Dr. Valery Kuleshov’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 2013/2014 season are Amber Zuniga, Ziyun (Anna) Li, and Tookah Sapper. Amber Zuniga is a senior vocal performance major and collaborative piano minor, Ziyun (Anna) Li is a graduate music education major, and Tookah Sapper is a senior vocal performance major and collaborative piano minor. 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 Tookah Sapper,


The Central Sound Brass Quintet is one of the University of Central Oklahoma’s Leadership Chamber Ensembles. These members are Randy Goodnight (Trumpet), Marcus Shields (Trumpet), Evan Drumm (Trombone), Faith Skinner (French Horn), and Nick Gunkel (Bass Trombone/Tuba). The Brass Quintet performs many times both on and off the University of Central Oklahoma campus. This group regularly performs for assemblies and recitals in the Edmond area. The Central Sound Brass Quintet is coached by Dr. Ryan Sharp.

For more information, please contact Randy Goodnight,


The Skyrim Quartet consists of Xinye Niu on violin, Wei Jia on violin, Benjamin Frantz on viola and Jack Frantz on cello. Formed in Spring 2014, the group has enjoyed succesful collaboration in on campus performances. They are coached by Dr. Hong Zhu.

For more information, please contact Benjamin Frantz,


Studio Chamber Groups

In addition to the Chamber Music Initiative, there are also studio chamber music groups that students perform in. 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