Music Ensembles

Concordia Nebraska’s music ensembles perform concerts regularly, on campus and around the world, glorifying God through their talent and sharing the Gospel through music. From the intimacy of a small chamber music group to the power of Concordia’s University A Cappella Choir, there is something for every student. Most university music ensembles require an audition, but all are open to any interested and qualified student, regardless of major. Each ensemble is taught by outstanding faculty and provides you with musical and ministry experiences that can help mold your college experience.

Vocal Ensembles

University A Cappella Choir

Directed by Dr. Kurt von Kampen

Concordia’s University A Cappella Choir has enjoyed a long tradition of fine choral singing since its inception in 1939.

University Chamber Choir

Directed by Dr. Kurt von Kampen

The University Chamber Choir was formed in the fall of 1998 and has gained a reputation for excellence in the singing of vocal chamber music.


Directed by Dr. Jeffrey Blersch

Cantamus is a select SSAA chorus that performs easy to medium-difficult choral literature for women's voices.

Male Chorus

Directed by Paul Soulek

The Male Chorus is a select TTBB chorus that performs easy to medium-difficult choral literature for male voices.

Vocal Jazz Choir

Directed by Dr. Kurt von Kampen

Concordia Vocal Jazz was formed in the fall of 2006 and has quickly earned a reputation for fine singing of jazz- and pop-influenced choral music.

Mixed Chorus

Directed by Carol McDaniel

The Mixed Chorus is a non-auditioned SATB choir. The focus of this choir is on choral/vocal technique and performance of easy to medium sacred choral literature.

Instrumental Ensembles

University Concert Band

Directed by Dr. Kurt von Kampen, interim

The Concert Band was formed in 1906 and is the oldest continuing musical organization at Concordia.

Bulldog Pep Band

Led by student conductor

Bulldog Pep Band performs regularly for home football, basketball and volleyball games. 

Jazz Ensemble

Directed by Doug Pierce

Concordia's Jazz Ensemble is dedicated to the study and performance of the uniquely American art form of jazz. The ensemble’s repertoire includes early jazz, swing, blues, fusion, funk and Latin styles. 

Brass Ensemble

Directed by Dr. Kurt von Kampen, interim

The Brass Ensemble performs at chapel, festival services of the university and local churches, and other on and off-campus events. A broad range of literature is performed from Renaissance to the 20th century with special emphasis on music suitable for worship services.

Chamber Orchestra 

Directed by Paul von Kampen

The Chamber Orchestra is open to students who play a wind, brass, string or percussion instrument and desire to play music from the classical repertoire.

Handbell Choir

Directed by Jessica Kite

Concordia is fortunate to have more than five octaves of handbells and three octaves of handchimes. The handbell choirs participate in chapel, worship services and concerts each semester. There are two sections of handbell choir, an advanced and a beginning group.

Praise Band 

Coordinated by Rev. Ryan Matthias

University Praise Bands are open to all students who sing and/or play an instrument and desire to play at chapel and other various special events, students led events, and road trips. Auditions take place at the beginning of the semester.