The University of York has a wide range of musical opportunities in addition to the those administered by the Music Department, and the University of York Students’ Union (YUSU) is the host to many student groups. Among these groups are many music-related societies listed below, including the Music Society (an important port of call for all musicians) and the Music Education Group which works strongly in the community.
In addition, students living on campus can participate in the York college events while the Overseas Students' Association (OSA) and Graduate Students' Association provide opportunities for their respective groups.
The Music Education Group (MEG) is an entirely York-student run organization. The group works within school and community environments, providing educational music workshops throughout the year. As well as offering a range of existing workshop plans, MEG is also able to produce bespoke workshops in line with a specific topic, or simply provide support within an extra-curricular environment.
The Music Society's main goal is to encourage and facilitate music making on campus. The group provides professional performance opportunities for students in the Lunchtime Concert Series on Tuesdays and Fridays during terms.
The Music Society provides practising facilities for non-music students within Langwith College. They also organize Summer and Christmas Balls, have regular socials and planned trips.
York's Opera Society aims to make opera more accessible to students. In addition to DVD nights and trips to the opera, the society also produces one opera per year, a gala concert, and song classes.
York's Concert Band is a student-run wind band which plays a wide variety of music. The group performs three concerts per year, and occasionally tours to continental Europe and the UK. Players are of all standards and are open to woodwind, brass and percussion players. Rehearsals are Saturday evenings.
The Concert Orchestra is an amateur orchestra run by students. The group performs two concerts per year. Players are not required to audition, though most players play to at least Grade 5 standard. Rehearsals are Sunday evenings.
The Brass Band is a student-conducted band playing both traditional brass band repertoire and modern arrangements. They play a concert per term as well as some outdoor events. All players are welcome and the group is non-auditioned. Rehearsals take place on Sunday evenings.
The Gilbert and Sullivan Society performs a G&S show in the spring term and another musical of choice in the summer term. Chorus parts are unauditioned and the soc's aim is to share the experience of putting on a high quality production.
The York Glee Singers is a small, student-run choir at the University of York. The group is a mixed SATB choir and sings a wide variety of music at various concerts in and around York. Repertoire ranges from light-hearted to sacred music to barbershop.
The Revelation Rock-Gospel Choir at York is part of a network of Christian-based rock-gospel choirs throughout the UK. The choir sings everything from traditional to gospel to rock arrangements. No audition required.
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York Big Band is a group made up entirely of University of York students, set to play great jazz standards and experiment with funky jazzy arrangements from libraries of bands like the Phil Collins Big Band. The group believes in learning through performance and has weekly gigs.
The Samba Band meets every Sunday, and often plays gigs in and around York. All are welcome, and there are no auditions.