Wilkes University

Music Performance Opportunities

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University Chorus (MUS 125)
– Dr. Steven Thomas, director
The University Chorus is the University’s largest choral ensemble. Recent repertoire has included the Vivaldi Gloria, Durante Magnificat, Charpentier Messe de Minuit pour Noël, Beethoven Symphony No. 9, Hanson Song of Democracy, Mozart Requiem, and a variety of shorter works. The Chorus is open to any member of the Wilkes community, including students, faculty and staff, by audition.
Wilkes University Chorus SingersChamber Singers (MUS 126)
– Dr. Steven Thomas, director
The Chamber Singers is the University’s select vocal ensemble, and is open to any student member of the Wilkes University Chorus, by audition. The Chamber Singers typically performs a wide range of a cappella repertoire, from Renaissance to contemporary music. The Chamber Singers is the University’s touring choral ensemble, and frequently performs with the Robert Dale Chorale on the annual NEPA Bach Festival.

Wilkes University Marching Band Instrumental Ensembles

Marching Colonels
(MUS 123 A)
 - Jon Gardner, director
The Wilkes University Marching Band is one of the most visible groups on campus, performing at home football games and other on- and off-campus events. Students of all majors are welcome to participate in the Marching Colonels. No audition is necessary. 

Civic Band (MUS 121 A or B) – Dr. Philip G. Simon, director
The Civic Band welcomes University students, adult community members, and advanced high school students to rehearse and perform outstanding concert band repertoire.  Recent repertoire includes Vesuvius by Frank Ticheli, La Festa Mexicana by H. Owen Reed, and The Inferno from The Divine Comedy by Robert W. Smith. Admission is by audition.

Jazz Ensemble (MUS 127) – Nick Driscoll, director
The Jazz Ensemble performs traditional and contemporary music for big band, at both on and off-campus venues.  Recent repertoire has included transcriptions of recordings made by Duke Ellington, arrangements for the Stan Kenton, Buddy Rich, and Thad Jones-Mel Lewis bands.  Admission is by audition.
Flute Ensemble (MUS 128 B) – Lish Lindsey, director
The Flute Ensemble provides an opportunity for students and community members to study, rehearse and perform the flute chamber ensemble literatu

Chamber Orchestra (MUS 128 E) - John M. Vaida, director
The Chamber Orchestra performs orchestral literature in a variety of traditional and contemporary styles. Open to students and community members who play string, wind or percussion instruments.