Boyer students can expand their performance experience through a variety of ensembles, depending on their interests and major. Participation may require auditions.

Jazz Ensembles

Boyer boasts a number of jazz ensembles that range in level and style. You also have the opportunity during the first two weeks of the semester to enroll in small jazz ensembles, coached by Jazz Studies faculty members.

  • Temple University Lab Band, which has served as the opening act for the Temple University Jazz Band’s Kimmel Center performances and as the headliner for the annual Big Band Dance swing dance held each spring in The Underground at the Howard Gittis Student Center. The band has also performed at Temple Performing Arts Center and in Tomlinson Theater.
  • Temple University Jazz Band, which performs on Temple’s Main Campus and throughout the Greater Philadelphia region. It hosts the annual Essentially Ellington Eastern Regional High School Jazz Band Festival.
  • Jazz Band Number Three, which provides an environment in which students can improve application and knowledge of ballad concepts, ensemble and section blend, expansion of dynamic range and rhythmic interpretation. The repertoire covers a wide chronological range, from the Count Basie and Duke Ellington catalogues to contemporary arrangements and compositions.

Learn more about ensembles at Temple.

Performance Opportunities

The Center for the Performing and Cinematic Arts at Temple hosts 1,400 annual music and dance concerts, lectures, master classes and recitals. With hundreds of concerts per year, Boyer students have an array of performance opportunities that meet their interests and skill level. Students can participate in instrumental and vocal clubs or ensembles, and some can perform at renowned institutions or record music.

While most ensembles require auditions, many music groups do not.

  • Night Owls Campus Community Band, which is a large concert wind band composed of community members from the Greater Philadelphia area along with Temple University students and staff. The ensemble performs one concert at the end of each semester.
  • OwlCappella, which is a coed a cappella group—one of seven student-run a cappella ensembles on campus—that provides a musical outlet for non-music and music majors alike.
  • Singing Owls, which is a mixed choir, comprises Temple University alumni, faculty, staff and students as well as members of the Greater Philadelphia community. The ensemble's primary goal is to create a dynamic and inclusive singing community through the appreciation and performance of music from diverse cultures, genres, places, and time periods.