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 for ensembles take place the first week of classes during the regular add/drop period. Instrumentalists may sign up for auditions at Sloan 200. Vocalists may sign up for auditions at Sloan 201. For more details on the audition process, consult the pages for the ensemble in which you are interested (listed below) and refer to the audition FAQs.
After auditioning and securing permission from the instructor, you may register for an ensemble, on Music webpages, no later than the Tuesday following auditions.
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.
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.
The Davidson Singers is an auditioned, mixed-vocal ensemble for experienced or novice choristers interested in learning more about the art of choral singing.
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.
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
The Jazz Combo is an intimate ensemble for instrumentalists interested in performing small group jazz literature while placing a strong emphasis on jazz improvisation.
The Saxophone Quartet is a small group ensemble for saxophonists interested in performing chamber music ranging from Bach transcriptions to modern day saxophone compositions.
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.
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.