WVU student performing groups include a wide range of opportunities in a variety of musical traditions and styles. The student and community performing groups are open to all qualified WVU students by audition. All groups must be taken for credit unless noted below.
The Wind Symphony is a select group of the finest wind and percussion performers in the University. Membership is earned through competitive auditions. The ensemble presents at least four concerts per year comprised of the finest classical and contemporary wind literature.
The Symphonic Band is a sixty-member ensemble open to both music and non-music majors. Membership is through audition. Emphasis is placed on learning and performing standard and modern concert literature. This ensemble rehearses two days per week and performs a concert at the end of each semester.
The Concert Band is open to any student in the University who wishes to continue his/her musical experience. Membership does not require an audition. This ensemble meets during the spring semester only and rehearses one day each week. Concerts include music by some of today’s top wind band composers and arrangers.
The award-winning Mountaineer Marching Band (“The Pride of West Virginia”) of more than 325 members is open by audition to all qualified students in the University. Its activities are confined to the first semester, during which it presents exciting shows at football games and other special events throughout the state and the country.
WVU Symphony Orchestra
The WVU Symphony Orchestra, a national award-winning ensemble, is known for its outstanding performances of standard and innovative programs. WVUSO presents six to eight programs a year and trains students to perform at the highest level of artistic expression and technical expertise. In 2014, WVUSO was one of only two collegiate orchestras invited to perform at the national conference of the College Orchestra Directors Association in Fort Worth, Texas.
Recent programs have included works by Tchaikovsky, Janáček, Ravel, Gubaidulina, Rautavaara, Herrmann, Beethoven, and many others. Membership is open to qualified students and community members by audition.
The WVU Choral Program has a choir for everyone. Whether you are a student, member of faculty, staff member, or a part of the local community, there is a place for you to sing at WVU. Regardless of your background or level of experience, we have a choir for you!
Chamber Singers is the flagship choral ensemble of West Virginia University. This auditioned ensemble is available to students from all departments and schools across the university and performs a variety of classical and multi-cultural repertoire from the Renaissance through the twenty-first century. In addition to performing regularly in West Virginia, the choir tours both nationally and internationally.
Women’s Choir is a non-auditioned ensemble that brings together young women from across various schools and departments throughout the university. The choir presents choral programs of classical, popular, folk, and multi-cultural repertoire. Performances take place both on and off campus and the choir also collaborates with the WVU Men’s Chorus for joint performances.
Men’s Chorus is a non-auditioned ensemble open to all students across the university. The ensemble explores music of diverse cultures, styles, and periods, and regularly collaborates with other university ensembles including the WVU Women’s Choir.
West Virginia Community Choir
The West Virginia Community Choir is a non-auditioned choir open to all members of the university community, including students from all majors, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members. The ensemble performs a diverse selection of music from a variety of time periods, styles, and genres. Performances take place at the Creative Arts Center as well as at local community events. The choir collaborates with other university ensembles and regularly offers opportunities to travel internationally.
See the world with the WVU Choral Artists
The WVU Choral Artists is a recently founded auditioned choir that allows students, alumni, faculty, and community members to perform challenging a cappella repertoire and to travel to and perform in stunning venues around the world. The choir is a project-based ensemble that rehearses together during the summer break before embarking on an international tour. In July 2016, the choir plans to travel to Germany and Switzerland.
The WVU Choirs regularly collaborate with the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra and the WVU Symphony Orchestra for performances of major works. Student members of all choirs also have the opportunity to sing with Collegiate Honor Choirs and to participate in state and national choral events.
WVU High School Choral Festival
The WVU High School Choral Festival brings together choral students from around the region to perform with a high profile guest conductor. The inaugural festival featured renowned composer, Eric Whitacre conducting a massed choir of over 600 singers representing over 30 schools from West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Maryland.
The Opera Theatre mounts fully staged productions of standard operatic repertoire and also presents programs of opera scenes each season.
Jazz and World Music
The Jazz Area features ten different ensembles ranging in size from piano trios to big
bands. They play a wide variety of styles including Bebop, Latin, Fusion, and Experimental
and Avant Garde. The ensembles are open by audition to all WVU students.
The WVU World Music Ensembles are a dynamic way to be artistically engaged while exploring diverse musical cultures on campus. These ensembles include the WVU African Music and Dance Ensemble, the WVU Steel Band, the WVU Taiko Ensemble, the WVU Gamelan Ensemble, and the WVU Brazilian Ensemble and the WVU Bluegrass Band, West Virginia University’s only ensemble devoted exclusively to the performance of Appalachian music. Performing in both traditional and contemporary bluegrass styles, the students in the WVU Bluegrass Band work to develop strong vocal, instrumental, and band leadership skills.
A variety of chamber ensembles feature combinations of woodwinds, brass, percussion, and string instruments and include the internationally acclaimed Percussion Ensemble, the WVU Graduate String Quartet, the WVU Graduate Woodwind Quintet, the WVU Chamber Winds, Guitar Ensembles, and the New Music Ensemble.