Instrumental Ensembles

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.

Pep Band

The Widener University pep band had a successful relaunch at Homecoming 2014. Coordinated by Dr. Iain Moyer, Director of Athletic Bands, the pep band is the newest of the musical options available to all Widener undergraduates. The pep band will perform at athletic competitions and other university events.


Wind Ensemble

The Wind Ensemble is a standard collegiate concert band. The Wind Ensemble rehearses twice a week.

Brass Ensemble

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.

Jazz Ensemble

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.

John Vanore directs the Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, and Brass Ensemble.

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.