Classical & Jazz Ensembles

The Department of Music offers a wide variety of traditional ("classical") performance ensembles. For audition and rehearsal information, contact the directors of each ensemble.

Brass Ensemble | Classical Guitar Ensemble | Early Music Ensemble | Jazz Combo | Jazz Ensemble | Gallery Players | Opera Workshop | Percussion Ensemble | Saxophone Ensemble | String Ensemble | Viol Ensemble | Woodwind Ensemble

Brass Ensemble

Director: Peter Dubeau

Classical Guitar Ensemble

Director: Timothy Olbrych

Early Music Ensemble
Early Music Ensemble (Spring 2014)

Director: [[rvbgri,Ruth van Baak Griffioen]]

The Early Music Ensemble plays Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque music on period instruments. Our collection includes recorders (8 sizes), viols (3 sizes), lutes, vielle, gothic harp, hurdy-gurdy, rebec, rauschpfeife, krummhorns, cornamuses, a quintet of gemshorns, cornetto, baroque oboe, baroque flute, baroque bows for string players, and access to several harpsichords and a 1740 organ housed in the Wren Chapel pitched at a =417 and in fifth-comma meantone tuning. Some students play their own old instruments, including baroque violin and baroque flute. Click here for a news story on ensemble member Evan Callaway ('12) who built a contrabass recorder for his Monroe project. For other samples of the ensemble's playing, search "W&M Early Music Ensemble" on YouTube.

The ensemble gives two major concerts per year, in November and April, in the historic spaces in and near campus such as the 1693 Wren Chapel and the 1715 Bruton Parish Church in Colonial Williamsburg; the group also performs half a dozen other times per year for local and distant events. The ensemble has performed throughout the mid-Atlantic and in 2008 released a CD of music of Bach and Handel on period instruments. About 15 students per year are chosen to join the group, including, in some years, one singer per voice part. Rehearsal times are chosen at the mutual convenience of the students and the director. 

Jazz Combo

Director: [[hwsimo,Harris Simon]]

Jazz Ensemble
Jazz Ensemble

Director: [[pkbhasin,Paul Bhasin]]

This 20-piece big-band performs many styles of jazz. The  Jazz Ensemble gives several performances each semester, featuring faculty and student soloists and combos; the group is also in constant demand for informal gigs in the Williamsburg area. For more information, please visit the Jazz Ensemble website.

To help support the W&M Jazz Ensemble, please consider making a donation. Your gifts are greatly appreciated. 

Mixed Ensemble: Gallery Players
Gallery Players

Director: [[sfviax,Susan Via]]

Gallery Players is a self-conducted chamber orchestra comprised of advanced string players. One solo wind instrument is often featured each semester. The ensemble receives weekly coaching sessions by its director, Susan Via, which culminate in a performance on the Candlelight Concert series at Colonial Williamsburg’s Bruton Parish Church. Repertoire includes standard chamber orchestra and larger chamber ensemble works spanning from the Baroque period to contemporary composers. Admission into Gallery Players is by audition and is offered for 1 credit hour. 

Opera Workshop

Director: Ryan Fletcher

Percussion Ensemble

Director: John Lindberg

The Percussion Ensemble at William and Mary is in its 35th year. It has been under the direction of John Paul Lindberg since its inception in 1977 when the then Music department Chair, Dr. Frank Lendrium, asked Mr. Lindberg to form a chamber ensemble for the undergrad percussionists in the department. Since that time, the ensemble has performed both standard literature for percussion ensemble by Michael Colgrass, Carlos Chavez, Gardner Read, and Saul Goodman to modern transcriptions of works by Bela Fleck and original works by Karen Jackson Ervin, Mitchel Peters, and Jared Spears, among others. The ensemble performs on professional class instruments such as five Clevelander timpani, Fall Creek orchestra bells, and a Malletech marimba and xylophone. The ensemble also has many vintage instruments at its disposal that are used as the literature may require, along with the standard drums and accessories. The Percussion Ensemble has become a dynamic part of the extremely active music performance program offered by the William and Mary Music Department. 

Percussion Ensemble

Saxophone Ensemble

Director: James Nesbit

String Ensemble

Director: Neal Cary

The String Ensemble class is for small chamber music groups with strings.  This includes, but is not limited to, string sextets, quintets, quartets, trios, and duos.  Groups can also include piano.  The class is by permission only to ensure that everyone can be placed in an ensemble, and to help create groups where students are well-matched in experience and ability.  Students are encouraged to form their own groups if possible, but this is not a requirement.  Coaching is on either Mondays or Tuesdays, and begins late - usually 10:00 PM or later.

Viol Ensemble
Viol Ensemble

Director: Sarah Glosson 

Woodwind Ensemble

Director: Patti Carlson