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Ensembles

Ensembles are open to students in all majors, and academic credit is given for participation in most groups. Contact Dr. Larry Taylor for more information.

Oratorio Choir: A large ensemble that includes students, faculty, staff and alumni singers.

Concert Choir: Large student vocal ensemble.

Chorale: 24 singers from all classes. Auditions are held in the spring for the next academic year. The ensemble performs jazz and show choir music, madrigals and concert literature, both secular and sacred. The Chorale tours each year, performing for schools, churches and civic groups. Members of the Chorale are also members of the Concert Choir.

Handbell Choir: 4-octave choir. The group is student-directed

Strings: Chamber music ensembles perform trios, quartets and works with piano. Beginning ensemble available. String players also have the opportunity to audition for large ensembles at James Madison University.

Symphonic Band: The group specializes in traditional and modern music for large wind and percussion ensemble, symphonic transcriptions and original works for band.

Jazz Band: The group specializes in music from all styles of the jazz idiom. An audition in the spring for the next academic year is required. The Jazz Band performs regularly on campus and tours regionally during the early summer. Members of the Jazz Band are also in the Symphonic Band.

Pep Band: This student led group plays highly spirited music to motivate the crowd and cheerleaders at basketball and home football games. All student players are invited to join.

Chamber Music Ensembles: Small ensembles are formed to utilize available student talent and to accommodate special musical interests of string, wind and percussion players, guitarists, singers and handbell ringers.

African Drumming: Djembe and other traditional instruments. Learn traditional beats and improvise.

Film Music: Students create and perform scores for silent films.

Outspoken: College praise band performs at weekly chapel services. Includes singers, guitars, keyboards and rhythm.

Lift Your Voice Gospel Choir: Composed of and directed by BC students. Participation is open to all members of the student body, and focuses specifically on the uplifting messages in gospel music.