Concert Band

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

Connecticut College Orchestra violinsPerforming at least two major concerts a season, the orchestra's repertoire encompasses major works from the baroque through the twentieth century. Recent concerts featured works by Mozart, Beethoven, Bartok, Ravel and Faure.

‌‌‌‌In addition, resident faculty soloists are regularly invited to rehearse and perform with the orchestra, and all orchestral students, music majors and non-majors alike, have the opportunity to study privately with these renowned faculty members every semester, free of charge.

Informal auditions are held at the beginning of each semester for incoming students and community musicians, but can also be arranged later in the semester. For more information, please contact Mark Seto, director.


Jazz Ensemble

Jazz trombones

For more information, contact Gary Buttery, director.


Chorale (1 credit)

Chamber choir singersMeets 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.


Percussion and New Music Ensemble

Percussion and New Music EnsembleFor over a decade, the Connecticut College New Music and Percussion Ensemble has been providing 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. The ensemble has performed works by Varèse, Cage, Harrison, Crumb, Riley, Reich, Rzewski, and Carter, and also has given the world premiere of several works by composers based in New England and the Tri-State Area.

&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

Concerto competition pianistChamber 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, and Rocky Horror Picture Show.