- Symphonic Band
- Vocal Consort
- Jazz Ensemble
- Jazz Combo
- Early Music Consort
- Woodwind Chamber Ensembles
- Brass Chamber Ensembles
- Saxophone Quartet
- String Ensemble
- Afro-Cuban Ensemble
- Japanese Music Ensemble
Washington College Symphonic BandInstructor: Keith Wharton
Time: Tuesdays 6:30-8:30 pm
This course is appropriate for the following instruments: flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone, trumpet, horn, trombone, euphonium, baritone, tuba, and percussion. Students should have played in concert band, jazz band, or in the brass, woodwind, or percussion sections of a full orchestra in high school.
Washington College Chorus
Instructor: J. Ernest Green
Time: Mondays 4:00-5:30 pm
The chorus is open to all Washington College students, and focuses on a mixture of classic choral repertoire, opera and operetta choruses, Broadway, pop, and World Music. Music reading ability is not required
Washington College Jazz EnsembleInstructor: John Thomas
Time: Thursdays 4:00-5:30 pm
This course is appropriate for the following instruments: saxophone, trumpet, trombone, piano, guitar, bass, and drum set. Students should have played in concert band or jazz band in high school.
Washington College Jazz ComboInstructor: Kenneth Schweitzer
Time: Mondays 4:00-5:30 pm
This course is appropriate for students interested in playing in a small, 4-6 piece jazz combo setting. The Washington College Jazz Combo allows advanced jazz students to perform various styles of jazz literature, including standards, original compositions and arrangements. Ample opportunity is given for improvisation. The Combo presents programs each semester and performs at various College functions throughout the year.
Washington College Early Music ConsortInstructor: Jon Kenzen (研禅) McCollum, Ph.D.
This course is appropriate for any student interested in learning the music/repertoire of the medieval period. Various early instruments including: wood recorders (soprano, alto, tenor, and bass), sackbuts, crumhorns, shawms, and percussion are lent to students to learn and perform. The instructor provides instruction on these instruments. Students should be able to read music notation.
Woodwind Chamber EnsemblesInstructor: John Thomas
Time: Thursdays 6:00-7:30 pm
This course is appropriate for students wishing to perform in small ensembles. Students should play one of the following instruments: flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, and saxophone.
Brass Chamber EnsemblesInstructor: David DeArmond
This course is appropriate for students wishing to perform in small ensembles. Students should play one of the following instruments: trumpet, horn, trombone, euphonium, baritone, and tuba.
Washington College Saxophone Quartet
This ensemble performs saxophone quartet literature drawn from classical, jazz and popular repertoire.
Washington College String EnsembleInstructor: Kimberly McCollum
Time: Tuesdays 7:00-8:30 pm
The String Ensemble studies and performs orchestral music from various musical periods. This course is appropriate for the following instruments: violin, viola, cello, and bass.
Washington College Afro-Cuban EnsembleInstructor: Kenneth Schweitzer
Time: Wednesdays 4:30-5:45 pm
The ensemble focuses primarily on the Cuban drum and song traditions associated with rumba and Santeria. Musical literacy is not a requirement; instead, rhythms and melodies will be transmitted via the oral traditions that are prevalent in Cuba. Membership is open to all students.
Washington College Japanese Music Ensemble
Instructor: Jon Kenzen (研禅) McCollum, Ph.D.
By the Edo period (1603-1868), three instruments had emerged from various directions to become popular among the Japanese people. The koto, a 13-string zither, the shamisen, a 3-string banjo-like instrument, and the shakuhachi, a Zen Buddhist bamboo flute. In this new ensemble, students will be introduced to these instruments, have the opportunity to research, write about, and learn how to perform on an instrument of the student’s choice. Students will also learn the unique notation systems of each instrument, as well as gain a deep understanding of Japanese traditional arts in relation to the social, ideological, and cultural development of Japanese traditional aesthetics.