Instrumental and Vocal Ensembles

The Music Department runs several instrumental and vocal ensembles, all of which are open to all qualified student musicians. These ensembles perform on and around campus several times a year, and several also tour towns in the Northeast in the spring.

The Concert Band performs concert and symphonic band music embracing a wide spectrum of styles. The Jazz Orchestra performs the music of the Big Band and Swing eras. The String Ensemble performs a variety of different genres and styles of classical music. The Akoma Drumming Ensemble performs West African music, focusing on the tradition of the Ewe people of Ghana and related traditions.

The Chorale is a large chorus that performs literature for mixed voices in a variety of styles, including major choral works, spirituals, folksongs, and show tunes. The more select Chamber Singers focus on unaccompanied Renaissance and contemporary choral works.

In addition to these departmental ensembles, there are three student-led a capella ensembles which perform regularly on and off campus: The Sleepless Knights (coed), The Aca-Bellas (women), and Mike Check (men). In any semester, there are numerous student bands playing at the Turtle Underground and in downtown Burlington.

The Liturgical Ensemble, made up of both singers and instrumentalists, provides vibrant contemporary music for worship in the Chapel of Saint Michael the Archangel most Sundays in the academic year.

Contacts

Concert Band - Christopher Gribnau - cgribnau@smcvt.edu
Jazz Orchestra - Brian McCarthy - bmccarthy2@smcvt.edu
String EnsembleSusan Summerfield - ssummerfield@smcvt.edu
Akoma Drumming Ensemble - Josselyne Price - jprice@smcvt.edu
Chorale and Chamber SingersNathaninel G. Lew - nlew@smcvt.edu
Liturgical Ensemble - Jerome Monachino - jmonachino@smcvt.edu