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Welcome to Clarke University! Together, we will cultivate new ways of delivering the Clarke experience supporting each other and our community. We stand as One Clarke, One Community.


Vocal Ensembles

CLARKE COLLEGIATE SINGERS is the premiere choral ensemble at Clarke University. The Collegiate Singers have performed in 27 countries, including India, Japan, Ireland, the Czech Republic and Poland. Students chosen by audition for this mixed choir represent all academic areas of the university. Collegiate Singers serve as the university’s ambassadors to the region, the nation and the world.

CLARKE CANTABILE is a women’s chorus at Clarke University. They perform repertoire that stretches from Gregorian chant to vocal jazz guaranteeing an eclectic and meaningful choral experience.

CLARKE MELOS is a 12- to 16-voice ensemble that performs acapella popular music and vocal jazz. This group is comprised exclusively of elite performers chosen from the Collegiate Singers and Cantabile.

Instrumental Ensembles

CLARKE WIND ENSEMBLE is Clarke’s premier instrumental ensemble. They perform a wide array of musical styles at on- and off-campus venues throughout the year. Each year they participate in the Great River Wind Symphony, and members are nominated and selected to perform with the Iowa Collegiate Honor Band.

BRASS ENSEMBLE performs throughout the Dubuque region and by invitation at regional conferences of the Society of Composers. This ensemble performs works ranging in style from classical to contemporary and new works.

CLARKE JAZZ plays both traditional and modern jazz, including works by students like you. They travel throughout the region and serve as host of the annual Clarke University Jazz Festival featuring recognized jazz artists such as Frank Mantooth, Jeff Jarvis and Richard Kelley. This ensemble has participated in the Elmhurst Jazz Festival.

WOODWIND ENSEMBLE performs classical, contemporary and jazz works exploring the depth of woodwind literature.

NEW MUSIC ENSEMBLE plays compositions written by Clarke’s student composers. All instruments are welcome to participate. It is a unique opportunity to focus upon group improvisation, too.

CLARKE-LORAS CHAMBER ORCHESTRA highlights string repertoire from the traditional classical literature to world music and jazz. As Clarke’s newest ensemble, the string chamber ensemble adds an exciting and challenging experience to Clarke University’s musical offerings.

String players have an opportunity to perform with the DUBUQUE YOUTH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, an ensemble for high school and college students under 21. Students showing exceptional talent may audition for the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra.

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