The Department of Music has a number of outstanding faculty ensembles including the TU Jazz Faculty Ensemble, the Towson Brass Quintet and quinTUs.
The TU Jazz Faculty Ensemble features Dave Ballou (trumpet), Jim McFalls (trombone), Tim Murphy (piano), Jeff Reed (bass), Jason Rigby (tenor saxophone) and Frank Russo (drums and cymbals).
TU’s Faculty Brass Quintet regularly performs on and off campus, including recitals, music for commencement ceremonies, clinics at area high schools, and events such as the Maryland Music Educators Convention. Members include Luis Engelke and Rene Hernandez (trumpet), Jason Ayoub (horn), David Perkel (trombone), and James Hicks (tuba). Michelle Humphreys (percussion) regularly joins the ensemble in the performance of an eclectic mix of works from many genres. Individual faculty members hold positions in several of the top area ensembles, including the US Navy Band, Annapolis Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, and Lancaster Symphony.
quinTUs Faculty Ensemble serves as an active recruitment ensemble for the voice division. The ensemble consists of soprano, mezzo soprano, tenor, and bass faculty as well as a staff accompanist. It is focused on recruitment of students to Towson University, and the promotion of operas, art song and choral songs for a small classical ensemble. This ensemble performs recitals at the Center for the Arts, local venues such as Charlestown Retirement Community, and tours the regional area performing and recruiting at area high schools. quinTUs is planning its first international tour to Korea in the Summer of 2018.