Widener's instrumental ensembles rehearse weekly throughout the year. Membership is not limited to Music Scholarship students; ensembles are open to the student body at large. Students in any of the performing ensembles are eligible for academic credit for participation.
String Chamber Ensemble
The Chamber Ensemble, which is open to students of all levels, emphasizes ensemble playing. Student groups (piano four-hand, piano trio, string trio, string quartet, etc.) vary according to instrumentation and ability. Performance opportunities include studio recitals, chamber concerts, and mini-chamber recitals.
For more information, contact Dr. Mara Parker, Director of String Performance.
The Wind Ensemble is a standard collegiate concert band. The Wind Ensemble rehearses twice a week.
The standard brass quintet instrumentation is the core of our Brass Ensemble. The quintet is augmented to suit the performance requirements of the particular pieces being played.
The Jazz Ensemble is built on the model of the contemporary Jazz Orchestra. The repertoire is based on compositions from the libraries of Thad Jones, Woody Herman, Maynard Ferguson, Oliver Nelson, John Vanore, and others. Improvisation workshops, and use of the recording studio round out the Jazz Ensemble experience.
Widener is making plans to launch a university pep band that will perform at athletic competitions and other university events. Coordinated by a full-time band director, the pep band will be the newest of the musical options available to all Widener undergraduates. Incoming students will have the opportunity to get in on the ground floor and be a part of this exciting new program.