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Ensembles

College of Charleston ensembles range in size from chamber music duos and trios to the 100-voice College of Charleston Gospel Choir and in scope from the intimacy of Charleston Pro Musica early music performances to fully-staged productions of the College of Charleston Opera. On-campus performances take place throughout the year, and many of the ensembles make regional as well as national and international tours.

Concert Choir

Conducted by Dr. Robert Taylor, this auditioned ensemble is open to both music majors and non-majors. Performing several times a year, the Concert Choir is the touring choral group for the Music Department, having toured in Europe as well as throughout North America. Performing classical repertoire and folk song from all eras, the Concert Choir regularly performs with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra and in the Piccolo Spoleto Festival. It has been selected to sing a multiple prestigious choral conventions, including three appearances on the National Collegiate Choral Organization national convention, and on both National and Divisional American Choral Directors Association conventions.

Madrigal Singers

The College of Charleston Madrigal Singers is a smaller, auditioned choir that specializes in both Renaissance and Medieval Music, as well as modern arrangements of lighter choral fare. The Madrigal Singers have toured Europe and performed locally with the Early Music instrumental group Charleston Pro Musica. They are best known for their annual Yuletide Madrigal Feast, a Renaissance style Holiday feast featuring song, food, and general revelry.

University Chorus

The College of Charleston University Chorus is an ensemble geared toward both less experienced music majors, and students within the general student population who enjoy singing in a quality ensemble. This ensemble performs at least once a semester, but does not tour.

Gospel Choir

The College of Charleston Gospel Choir, comprised of 150 voices, has toured across the southeastern United States, the Virgin Islands, and portions of Europe. They are the National Collegiate Gospel Choir Southeast Award winners. The Choir is noted for their spellbound, spirited performances, along with serving as the opening act for gospel legends such as Kirk Franklin and Darius Brooks.

College of Charleston Opera

Opera workshop is offered by the Department of Music at the College of Charleston to music majors and non-majors. It is designed to develop the singer's awareness of his/her potential not only as a singer/actor, but also to introduce and acquaint the student to the various styles of opera. It also stresses the importance of working as an ensemble. In addition to regular bi-weekly class meetings, students are afforded private coaching in preparation of their roles or their ensemble music.

Pep Band

The College of Charleston Pep Band is one of the Department's most visible outreaches to the community, performing for audiences of more than 3,000 people during home basketball games. The band is made up of students, both music majors and non-music majors, who are looking for a fun way to use the playing skills they developed in high school or on their own. The emphasis is on having fun and generating lots of excitement for the home team, and band members also receive a scholarship and college credit.

Jazz Combos

The Jazz Combos at the College of Charleston are the centerpiece of the jazz experience at the College. Unlike other institutions where the emphasis is on larger ensembles, the five jazz combos at the College, each with its own instructor, provide the student with a more individual and personal learning experience, with opportunities for players of all levels. These groups also perform outside of the College during many of the various music festivals held in Charleston throughout the year. Individualized instruction by some of the best players in the field, combined with plenty of performance opportunities make the jazz experience at the College a complete musical experience.

Chamber Orchestra

The College of Charleston Chamber Orchestra is a small orchestra consisting primarily of music students from the College. Some of the students in the orchestra are not music majors, but are experienced players who perform in the group in order to stay active as musicians.

Chamber Music

Chamber Music Ensembles offer students a variety of combinations to perform the standard chamber literature, including string quartets, piano trios, duo sonatas. The ensembles are coached by members of the piano and string faculties.

Flute Ensemble

The College of Charleston Flute Ensemble was formed in 1999 as a flute quintet and has grown to become a popular larger ensemble for flutists at the College. Made up of both music and non-music majors and of academic faculty, the ensemble fulfills its purpose of providing an educational environment in which flute students of all levels of ability can share ideas, repertoire and encouragement to grow individually in their playing abilities, to become more confident and to develop facility in the other instruments of the flute family.

Wind Ensemble

The College of Charleston Wind Ensemble is an auditioned ensemble open to all students on campus. The group rehearses weekly and performs 2-3 times per year. Repertoire includes a wide variety of classic wind band literature.