Students interested in music have formed a number of organizations and performing groups on campus. For a complete, current listing of all music-related student groups, please consult the directory of student organizations.
The purpose of this organization is to foster good relations between all the a cappella groups on campus. William & Mary's A Cappella community is one of the most renowned in the nation. Boasting 11 groups with diverse repertoires, the group is proud to offer something for everyone.
Founded in 1992 by nine William & Mary students, the Accidentals are an all-female a cappella group known on campus for their seamless musicality and trademark red scarves. The ladies hold auditions every academic semester and sing a complex range of repertoire, combining contemporary songs with standard classics and maintaining a tradition of excellence in music.
Alma Mater Productions (AMP)
Alma Mater Productions (AMP) is the primary campus-wide programming body at William & Mary, striving to provide diverse, high-quality entertainment at a low cost while serving as a resource to the College community. The group offers a wide variety of activities in the Sadler Center and other campus locations including mainstream music, a weekly film series, lectures and debates, hypnotists, acoustic style music, and comedians.
Comprised of five talented W&M brass players, the Bel Canto Brass Quintet is a student led ensemble that provides audiences with a wide variety of entertaining, engaging brass music. From exciting classical arrangements, to toe-tapping jazz charts, to distinguished traditional brass quintet standards, Bel Canto Brass is on a mission to prove that brass is appropriate for any occasion.
A 14-member student-directed, student-run chamber and madrigal choir that performs both on campus and in the community. Membership is open by audition to all interested members of the College community.
The Cleftomaniacs are a co-ed a cappella group with repertoire ranging from modern hits like "Cosmic Love" by Florence + The Machine to old classics like "Carry On My Wayward Son" by Kansas. All music is self-arranged by various group members. Though the musical styles are varied, the high quality of the music never changes.
A women's contemporary Christian a cappella group which sings on and off campus.
An international professional Music fraternity which seeks to create and foster fellowship through music, give music students an opportunity to meet with one another and exchange ideas, develop character and leadership, encourage high scholastic achievement and excellence in individual performance, give material aid to worthy students and manifest interest in young musicians.
DoubleTake was founded as a co-ed jazz a cappella group at William & Mary in 1993. Since then, the group has expanded its repertoire to include a variety of styles, with songs ranging from the golden oldies to arrangements of today's popular hits. DT performs several major concerts on campus each semester, embarks on tours each October, and constantly records new tracks for upcoming CDs.
An organization whose purpose is to provide ministry to the campus and Williamsburg community through contemporary gospel music.
The Front Porch Society is a student-run organization that seeks to build a live music scene on William & Mary's campus. The group works with the College, local bars, and other on-campus groups to help set up and sponsor live-music events throughout the year.
The Gentlemen of the College was founded in the spring of 1990 by several student who held a common passion for barbershop music. While the original group only focused on barbershop and choral singing, its current repertoire has expanded to include modern pop, rock, and country music with vocal percussion. As the oldest all-male a cappella group at the College, the Gentlemen sing a wide variety of music with emphasis on a complete show including humor and a dynamic stage presence. The group is known for wearing khaki pants, blue blazers, and crazy ties for performances.
Created as the sister group to Stairwells in 1990, the Intonations was William & Mary's first all-female a cappella group. While the group started as an R&B group, the Intonations have added songs to their repertoire from a variety of genres including pop, country, and oldies. Each semester, the group selects and arranges new songs to fit the interests, trends, and talent of the group.
The Metal Club seeks to provide a community for those students and faculty interested in the metal and hard rock music genre.
NKE ("en-key") is the professional music sorority at William and Mary, dedicated to promoting the growth and development of musical activities at the College as well as in the Williamsburg community. It was founded in 1994.
One Accord is the men's Christian a cappella group at William & Mary. The group has sought to glorify God through their songs since 1998.
Founded in 2001, William & Mary's youngest a cappella group Passing Notes seeks to provide an a cappella option for women interested in singing repertoire in the pop genre and to foster an appreciation for music in this genre.
The William & Mary Pep Band - fondly referred to as a scramble band (a type of marching band that runs to each form without marching or using a predescribed path) - is a student-run pep band that performs a script full of jokes, satire, and parody at home football games (and close-to-home away games), basketball games, and occasional soccer and baseball games. Membership is open to anyone, no audition required.
Phi Mu Alpha (PMA) Sinfonia
Phi Mu Alpha, the campus music honors fraternity, regularly engages in socializing, service, and song. The fraternity consists of individuals who share a passion for music, and membership is open to all male students on campus, regardless of their musical abilities, interests, or backgrounds.
Founded in 1992, Reveille is a small, informal women's a cappella group which sings a wide variety of music and is available for serenades, concerts, hall programs, and more.
The W&M Schola Cantorum is a student-directed chamber choir dedicated to renaissance and twentieth century composition. Modeled in part on the university chapel choirs of Oxford and Cambridge, the ensemble sings from a broad, varied repertoire of sacred and secular music, spanning from Tallis and Gibbons to Duruflé and Lauridsen.
Shakespeare in the Dark
Shakespeare in the Dark is a student-run theatre production company devoted to promoting interest in classical theatre, specifically the works of William Shakespeare. The group averages three productions every academic year. Production choices are not limited to Shakespeare and include plays ranging from classical works (Aristophanes' Lysistrata) to parodies (Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead). The club also hosts other events such as monologue festivals and movie screenings.
Sinfonicron Light Opera Company
Founded in 1964, Sinfonicron is student-run on every level of production, from set design and construction to direction, costuming, and administration. Members are drawn from William & Mary students, many of whom belong to one of the company's four parent organization: Delta Omicron, Phi Mu Alpha, Nu Kappa Epsilon, and the Theater Students' Association. Sinfonicron produces one show every January. Proceeds from the shows are given back to the parent groups to support arts endeavors at the College and around the community.
Spotlight Show Choir
Established by song-, dance-, and jazz-hands-loving women, Spotlight Show Choir was founded in 2006. Now co-ed, the purpose of this organization is to entertain with song and dance. The group seeks to prepare at least one public showcase per semester and to establish an outlet for students interested in musical performance. The group performs repertoire from a variety of musical genres from contemporary pop to traditional show tunes.
Founded in 1990, Stairwells is a small men's a cappella cross harmony singing group composed of eight to twelve men. Auditions are held in the spring and fall, and the group performs throughout the year for birthdays, concerts, and sororities. The group frequently tours and hosts groups from other universities. Stairwells' music is varied, ranging from doo-wop to the kings singers.
SYNDICATE Hip Hop Dance Team
Founded in 2004, SYNDICATE is a student-run and student-choreographed hip hop dance team. SYNDICATE gets its name from the acronym SNDCT, which originally stood for Student Network of Dance and Choreography Technique. SYNDICATE seeks to spread awareness and encourage interest in a variety of elements of contemporary urban music and dance. The group holds auditions at the beginning of every semester and puts on two showcases per year. SYNDICATE welcomes members from all dance backgrounds; no formal dance experience is necessary.
Started in 1959, WCWM is William & Mary's student-run campus radio station. The station has a broadcasting range of approximately 30 miles and airs 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with a programming lineup that encompasses as many different themes, genres, and formats as possible. All of the station's DJs are either current students or faculty members at the College who volunteer their time without any compensation or incentive beyond the magic of being on the radio and beaming music to your stereo.
Wham Bam Big Band
Wham Bam Big Band honors the exciting roots of the classic Big Band ensemble while presenting a modern vitality and vigor for a new generation of jazz enthusiasts. The group showcases the unique excitement and variety offered by jazz music through heartfelt and vibrant performances. The band performs a wide variety of styles, ranging from standards to pop, rock to swing, latin to funk.