Ensembles

The Department of Music is home to a wide variety of ensembles. Our large ensembles include the Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Concert Choir, and Women's Chorus. Medium-sized ensembles include the Jazz Ensemble, Botetourt Chamber Singers, Appalachian Music Ensemble, Middle Eastern Music Ensemble, Early Music Ensemble, Gallery Players, Performance Art Ensemble, and Indonesian Gamelan. In addition, the Music Department regularly offers eight to ten other small ensembles featuring various combinations of string, percussion, and wind instruments. 

Wind Ensemble Rehearsal


Majors and non-majors are welcome to audition for departmental ensembles. Most auditions are held at the beginning of fall semester, but students should consult the webpages of each ensemble or contact the ensemble's conductor for more details. Exact requirements for auditions vary among ensembles, but generally include one or two prepared pieces that display contrasting styles. Sight-reading/sight-singing and scales are also often required. 

For information about upcoming performances by departmental ensembles, please view our Department's Events Calendar.


  • Appalachian Music Ensemble, Prof. Tripp Johnson, director

  • Botetourt Chamber Singers, Dr. Jamie Bartlett, conductor

  • Brass Quintet, Prof. Gabe Stone, director

  • Brazilian Music Ensemble, Prof. Michael Iyanaga, director

  • W&M Choir, Dr. James Armstrong

  • Clarinet Ensemble, Prof. Patti Carlson

  • Classical Guitar Ensemble, Prof. Timothy Olbrych, director

  • Early Music Ensemble, Prof. Gabe Stone, director

  • Gallery Players, Prof. Susan Via, director

  • Indonesian Gamelan, Natalie Quick, Visiting Instructor

  • Jazz Combo, Prof. Harris Simon, director

  • W&M Jazz Ensemble, Prof. Victor Haskins, director

  • Jazz Trio, Prof. Woody Beckner, director

  • Middle East Music Ensemble, Dr. Anne Rasmussen, director

  • Music of India Ensemble, Prof. Max Katz, director

  • Opera Workshop, Prof. Ryan Fletcher, director

  • Percussion Ensemble, Prof. John Lindberg, director

  • Russian Music Ensemble, Prof. Jonathan Johnston, director

  • String Ensemble, Prof. David Grandis, conductor

  • Wind Ensemble, Dr. Richard Marcus, conductor

  • Women’s Chorus, Prof. Sarah Gallo, Visiting Director