Performing Ensembles

Music department ensembles perform music ranging from the Renaissance to the modern era and world premieres.

The Brandeis-Wellesley Orchestra
The Brandeis-Wellesley Orchestra is comprised of students, faculty, staff and associates of Brandeis University and Wellesley College.

Chamber Choir
This 24-voice choir is chosen from the entire student body on the basis of experience and musicianship skills. It is for singers who wish to explore unusual repertory, Bach cantatas, 16th-century motets and madrigals, 17th-century oratorios, 19th-century lieder and 20th-century works.

Chamber Music Ensemble
The Brandeis Chamber Music Ensemble offers instrumentalists the opportunity to apply theoretical knowledge to practical music making in an intimate and informal master class setting.

Early Music Ensemble
Using its large collection of historical instruments including recorders, krumhorns, sackbuts, curtals, viols, lutes, harps and harpsichords, the Brandeis Early Music Ensemble explores the music and performance practices of Western Europe in the Renaissance and early Baroque eras.

Jazz Ensemble
The Brandeis Jazz Ensemble, open to the entire Brandeis community by audition, is comprised of 15 musicians led by one of Boston's best-known jazz men. In addition to the classic jazz repertory, the ensemble performs original compositions written specifically for the group.

University Chorus
The Brandeis University Chorus draws its members from the entire Brandeis community. Every year the chorus performs a major work drawn from the vast choral repertory. There are often opportunities for student soloists.

Wind Ensemble
The Brandeis Wind Ensemble is a 50-member group that performs a wide variety of music.

Improv Collective
The Brandeis Improv Collective is open to all Brandeis students who play an instrument or sing, regardless of skill or experience in improvising. For those without the time or sufficient experience to fully participate in the Jazz Ensemble, this may be the group for you.

Fafali: Music and Dance from Ghana
This ensemble studies and performs a repertory of traditional music and dance of a variety of ethnic traditions from Ghana, West Africa.