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    Instrumental ensembles rehearse twice a week on opposite days, allowing students to participate in both the Jazz Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra.

  • Chorale Men Singing

    Our three major student ensembles perform on tour each January, serving as ambassadors for the college at a regional, national and international level.

  • Tara Villa Keith conducting

    All of our ensembles are directed by faculty with the highest degrees in their field.


Registration Open March 20–April 5

Fall Ensembles
Current members may register.
Jazz Combo follows fall auditions.
New members to African Drumming and Appalachian Ensembles may register.

Nearly 200 students participate each semester in performing groups on campus as well as various chamber groups such as string quartets, brass quintets, and woodwind quartets. You may receive course credit for participation in a formal ensemble, and also there are many informal groups in which to participate.

Auditions & Registration 

Auditions take place the first week of classes during the regular add/drop period.

Registration is required immediately following auditions and/or securing permission from the instructor and is located above, when open.

For more details on the audition or permission requirements, consult the pages for the ensemble in which you are interested (listed below).

After Hours Vocal Jazz

After Hours Vocal Jazz is a select student-led ensemble of 8-12 members drawn from the Davidson College Chorale in the Music Department. After Hours specializes in music for jazz vocal ensemble.


The premier choral ensemble at Davidson, the Chorale is a highly select, auditioned choir comprised of singers from various academic disciplines. The Chorale performs the standard choral repertoire as well as newly composed and commissioned choral literature. The Chorale tours annually and represents the college on the campus, regionally and nationally.

Collegium Musicum

The Collegium Musicum is a select student-led ensemble of 8-16 members drawn from the Chorale. Collegium specializes in music of the late Middle Ages and Renaissance.

Choral Arts Society

The Choral Arts Society Davidson is a symphonic chorus that provides an opportunity for faculty and staff members, alumni, and members of the community to sing a cappella choral literature and the finest choral/orchestral repertoire with instrumentalists from the Charlotte Symphony and professional soloists from Davidson and around the world.

Davidson Singers

The Davidson Singers is an auditioned, mixed-vocal ensemble for experienced or novice choristers interested in learning more about the art of choral singing.

Symphony Orchestra

The Symphony Orchestra (DCSO) is an auditioned ensemble of approximately 50 student musicians, performing a wide range of repertoire from the Baroque to the present. The orchestra performs 2-3 concerts per semester, and features annually the student concerto competition winners and guest soloists.

Jazz Ensemble

The Davidson College Jazz Ensemble is an auditioned "big band" of approximately 18 musicians. The group rehearses and performs throughout the year with several events highlighting the schedule

Jazz Combo

The Jazz Combo is an intimate ensemble for instrumentalists interested in performing small group jazz literature while placing a strong emphasis on jazz improvisation.

Saxophone Quartet

The Saxophone Quartet is a small group ensemble for saxophonists interested in performing chamber music ranging from Bach transcriptions to modern day saxophone compositions. 

African Drumming Ensemble

The African Drumming Ensemble involves learning techniques for the Djembe and Dundun drums of Guinea, Mali, Sierra Leone, Ivory Coast, and the Senegambia region of West Africa. 

Appalachian Ensemble

The Appalachian Ensemble involves learning the repertoire and techniques of the traditional music of the Appalachian region. Old Time and bluegrass styles will be studied, with emphasis on fiddle, banjo, guitar, mandolin, and bass.