Concert Band (1 credit)

Connecticut College Concert Band

The CC Concert Band performs twice each semester, presenting challenging and exciting repertoire from the wind ensemble literature. We often feature student conductors and soloists, especially departing seniors. New members are always welcome, by audition. Recent works include Dello Joio's Satiric Dances, Whitacre's October, and Grainger's Children's March.

For more information, please contact Gary Buttery, director.


Connecticut College Orchestra (1 credit)

Connecticut College Orchestra violins

You don’t have to be a music major to join an Ensemble at Connecticut College.

The Connecticut College orchestra performs one to two major concerts each semester. The repertoire encompasses music from the Baroque through the twenty-first century. Recent concerts have included works by Mozart, Beethoven, Bizet, Tchaikovsky, Dvorak, and Debussy. In addition, the orchestra collaborates with Chorale, Camel Heard, as well as ensembles outside of campus. In the Fall semester 2019, the orchestra will perform Michael Shapiro’s score for the 1931 original movie Frankenstein:Live!!! in collaboration with the orchestra from Wesleyan University.

In addition, our resident world-class faculty soloists are regularly invited to work with the orchestra in sectional rehearsals, and they also perform with us. Students have the opportunity to study privately with these renowned faculty members every semester, free of charge.

Auditions for the Connecticut College Orchestra are held at the beginning of each semester for incoming students and community musicians, but they can also be arranged to take place later in the semester. For more information, please contact the Director of Orchestral Activities, Prof. Mathias Elmer.


Jazz Ensemble (1 credit)

Jazz trombones at Connecticut College

For more information, contact Gary Buttery, director.


Chorale (1 credit)

Connecticut College chamber choir singers

Meets Monday, 4:15 - 6:15 p.m.

Chorale is a mixed ensemble of approximately 30-50 members and is open to all students, faculty, staff, and members of the community by placement audition. This ensemble performs one concert a term and participates in community events, such as College Vespers. This ensemble focuses on developing the fundamentals of singing and artistry through a diverse repertoire from the medieval period to the 21st century. Concert attire is also required.

For more information, please contact Wendy Moy, director.


Camel Heard (1 credit)

Meets Tuesday and Thursday, 4:15 - 5:45 p.m.

Camel Heard is an advanced mixed vocal ensemble of approximately 12-16 members open to majors and non-majors by audition. This ensemble performs a diverse repertoire from the medieval period to the 21st century. Camel Heard performs two concerts a term, participates in community events such as College Vespers and Choral Festival, and engages in outreach performances in the spring term. Membership is reserved for students who demonstrate music-reading ability and advanced vocal technique and who possess experience singing in advanced choral ensembles. Camel Heard rehearses regularly Tuesday and Thursday, 4:15-5:45 p.m., as well as with the Chorale on selected Mondays, 4:30 - 6:30 p.m., at the end of the term. A yearlong commitment is required for those beginning in the fall and three semesters for those entering in the spring. Concert attire is also required.

For more information, please contact Wendy Moy, director.


New Music Chamber Ensemble (1 credit)

Percussion and New Music Ensemble at Connecticut College

The New Music Chamber Ensemble (formerly New Music and Percussion Ensemble) provides music students of all skill levels with the opportunity to explore the world of 20th and 21st century concert music. Director Peter Jarvis aims to create programs that will expose the campus community to the wide and varied spectrum of contemporary music.

Performing once a semester, the ensemble takes great pride in collaborating with members of the Chamber Choir, Orchestra and Concert Band, as well as faculty composers and performers, and in its diverse, ever-developing repertoire. As much an opportunity for serious musical growth on behalf of its members as it is an integral, pioneering faction of the Connecticut College arts community, the ensemble looks forward to seeing everybody at its next concert!

For more information, please contact Peter Jarvis, director.


Chamber Music (1 credit)

Connecticut College Concerto competition pianist

Chamber music groups are organized each semester according to student interest and teacher availability. These include string quartets, string trios, woodwind quintets, saxophone quartets, guitar ensembles, flute ensembles, and the like.


Musical Theater

A musical theater ensemble is offered every spring semester leading to the production of a musical by the theater and music departments.  Recent productions include Into the Woods, Three Penny Opera, Rocky Horror Picture Show and The Cradle Will Rock.