About the Appalachian Music Ensemble
The William & Mary Appalachian Music Ensemble explores the rich heritage of traditional Southern Appalachian tunes and songs. The ensemble consists of 25-40 students with a few faculty members and local sitting in. While playing in a large group, we learn the music together, often by ear. Our focus is on learning dance tunes and group vocal songs that have been played and sung in this country for centuries.
The group also forms smaller ensembles, allowing members to delve deeper into the repertoire and develop their playing skills working with other musicians in a small group setting.
Typically, the ensemble will be hold at least one dance each semester, as well as several performance opportunities for the small groups.