Since music pervades society, the Department of Music seeks to increase students' awareness of the musical world and influence their cultural lives through critical listening and active participation in music making. The music department offers a full range of courses including music theory and music history/literature as well as performing ensembles for every interest. Ensembles include concert choir, Cumbelaires, Madrigal singers, concert band, jazz ensemble, Red Raider Marching Band, brass and woodwind chamber ensembles, and the University-Community Orchestra. Each year, nearly 300 students and faculty members perform for local audiences as well as throughout the United States and abroad. Students representing virtually all degree programs take time out of their busy schedules to participate in Shippensburg's music ensembles for the sheer enjoyment of making music.