Ensembles In Residence

The University of Chicago Department of Music is home to world-class ensembles in residence who present public concerts at the University and provide coaching and individual instruction to students in the department's performing ensembles and programs.

Plena Libre singing and dancing on stage with drums and hand percussion

Plena Libre

Plena and bomba are distinctive musical styles of Puerto Rico, and the virtuoso musicians of Plena Libre are their contemporary masters. The four-time GRAMMY-nominated ensembles joins the Department of Music as the 2019-20 Don Michael Randel Ensemble in Residence, presenting concerts with UChicago graduate student composers, with the University Symphony Orchestra, and on UChicago Presents' Music Without Borders series. The ensemble will also visit Spanish language and music classes during their residencies, present Puerto Rican dance workshops, and offer matinee performances for CPS students.

Spektral Quartet sitting in armchairs with instruments in a library

Spektral Quartet

The University of Chicago’s resident Spektral Quartet is an invaluable part of the Department of Music’s mission to enhance students’ artistic life on campus and complement their academic pursuits and to further the musical art.

Spektral Quartet actively pursues a vivid conversation between exhilarating works of the traditional canon and those written this decade, this year, or this week. With its most recent, Grammy-nominated album described by Gramophone as “highly-interactive, creative and collaborative...unlike anything its intended audience—or anyone else—has ever heard,” Spektral is known for creating seamless connections across centuries, drawing in the listener with charismatic deliveries, interactive concert formats, an up-close atmosphere, and bold, inquisitive programming.

Each quarter, the Spektral Quartet presents a public concert at UChicago as well as an interactive open rehearsal. They also coach student ensembles in the Chamber Music Program and lead sectionals for the University Symphony and University Chamber Orchestras.

New Budapest Orpheum Society

New Budapest Orpheum Society

The New Budapest Orpheum Society is an ensemble-in-residence in the Division of the Humanities at the University of Chicago. NBOS presents 1-2 concerts each year, drawing upon a wide range of repertories, many forgotten, others preserved in European archives, all poignantly bearing witness to the great tradition of Jewish cabaret.