In Fall 2020 and Winter 2021, Music Ensembles at University of Waterloo are going to look and sound different! Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all music department courses will be offered remotely, including our choirs and instrumental ensembles.   Please see the updated information below about each ensemble, how it will be run, and how placement auditions will take place.  Each ensemble will meet weekly in an online format, with independent practice and preparation time expected. No grade is assigned, but credit is dependent on participation.

Audition/Interview sign up is online only. Regular attendance is required.  An inperson concert at the end of term is not possible in Winter 2021, but some instructors may have an online version.

For more information on our online ensembles, please see either the Choral or Instrumental webpages:




note: this video is pre-Covid 19.

Note: the sequence for enrolling in all music ensemble courses for credit, regardless of the particular ensemble, is as follows for all students:

  1. MUSIC 116 (first time)
  2. MUSIC 117 (second time)
  3. MUSIC 216 (third time)
  4. MUSIC 217 (fourth time)
  5. MUSIC 316 (fifth time)
  6. MUSIC 317 (sixth time)
  7. MUSIC 416 (seventh time)
  8. MUSIC 417 (eighth time)

The University of Waterloo Department of Music at Conrad Grebel University College invites all students, faculty, staff, and community members to join most of the eight ensembles that it sponsors and organizes.

Each ensemble listed can be taken for credit (0.25 units each; see note on ensemble course numbers) or as an extracurricular activity.

Other UWaterloo links:

A cappella Club

- The Water Boys is the all-male auditioned a cappella group

- The Unaccompanied Minors is the mixed auditioned a cappella group

- The AcaBellas is the all-female auditioned a cappella group

- UW A Cappella Ensemble (UW ACE) is the mixed non-auditioned a cappella group

Concert Band Club

Engineering Jazz Band

Waterloo Music Club

Music Society