All students, regardless of major, are invited to audition for any performing ensemble.
A cappella Choir
The A cappella Choir sings choral literature from the Renaissance through the 21st century and performs major choral works with area symphony orchestras. The choir has performed on national radio and television and tours regularly in the U.S. and abroad. Membership is open to all students, regardless of major.
Chamber ensembles (brass, strings and woodwinds)
The brass, string and woodwind quintets involve the best Northwestern musicians in their respective performance areas. The groups perform core, innovative and specialized literature in a variety of venues and events.
The Chamber Orchestra consists of approximately 25 student string players who perform works for chamber ensemble and small orchestra, incorporating a wind and percussion complement. Membership is by invitation of the director.
Heritage Singers (mixed chamber choir)
The Heritage Singers members are chosen by audition from the A cappella Choir. The ensemble regularly performs chamber operas, madrigal dinners and virtuosic chamber music. Heritage Singers frequently collaborate with area orchestras and choirs in performances of the major oratorio literature.
The Jazz Band is a full big band that plays a variety of jazz styles. The ensemble performs several times each year and features guest and student soloists.
This adventuresome ensemble of percussionists plays avant-garde, classical, jazz and world music on campus and at select events.
The Symphonic Band performs a wide variety of repertoire, from newly composed works to wind band standards. In addition, it has commissioned and premiered works by leading American composers and performed with professional guest soloists and conductors. The band has toured throughout the U.S., the Caribbean, Europe, and Central and South America.
The Women’s Choir performs on campus and in area churches and schools. Membership is open to all women, regardless of major.