The Emory University Concert Choir is considered to be one of the finest collegiate choirs in the country. The group has been selected to sing at both the Southern and National conventions of the American Choral Directors Association. They have given performances throughout the world, including Avery Fisher Hall in New York City, St. Paul's Cathedral in London, the Berlinerdom in Berlin, Karmelitow Boysch Church in Krakow, and St. Nicholas Church in Prague.
Music majors and non-majors, undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and staff, alumni and neighbors come together to rehearse weekly, united by their common love of singing. The University Chorus performs 3-5 concerts a year including, A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, major works with the Emory Symphony Orchestra and Emory Wind Ensemble, and Barenaked Voices.
The Emory University Symphony Orchestra presents dynamic and varied performances of repertoire embracing music from the Baroque to the twenty first-century, often combining forces with the Emory choirs to feature masterworks of the rich symphonic-choral tradition. True to the spirit of the liberal arts environment, the 100-member orchestra draws its membership from not only the Department of Music but from all disciplines across the campus. Although largely populated by music majors, the orchestra warmly welcomes the participation of 20-30 non-majors and graduate students with appropriate backgrounds.
The orchestra presents five concerts each year on the Emory campus. In addition to collaborations with faculty and other distinguished guest artists, students have the opportunity to perform as soloists with the orchestra as winners of the annual concerto and aria competition.
The Emory Wind Ensemble (EWE) is a select group of instrumentalists who serve the University community by performing high-quality literature for winds and percussion. Programming represents a wide variety of both wind band media styles and genres from several centuries of composition, designed to provide full exposure to the masterpieces for winds and percussion from the Renaissance through the current day.
The EWE is comprised mostly of undergraduate music and non- music majors who wish to continue their music-making experience at the collegiate level. The ensemble performs two concerts each semester, regularly participates in premieres, tours the United States and abroad, and is a national leader in the commissioning of new works. More information about the Emory Wind Ensemble.
The Jazz Studies Program at Emory is a comprehensive program with courses in improvisation, history, private instruction and large and small ensemble performance. Our mission is to educate students about the rich tradition of American jazz while providing insight into the creative process through performance and analysis.
Our program is comprised of artist-educators whose backgrounds provide a wealth of industry experience and expertise. Our jazz students are a mix of undergraduates and graduates spanning the liberal arts. Students have the opportunity to develop their performance skills through the study of classic repertory in our smaller ensembles while the big band focuses on essential traditional literature of the past and present. More information about Emory Jazz Studies.
Established in the autumn of 2007, the world music program is a comprehensive curriculum of academic courses, research training, private music lessons, ensemble classes and public concerts.
Directed by Emory faculty and artist affiliates from the Atlanta community, the seven Asian music ensembles in the program presents several public performances throughout the year, with over 50 students across Emory University, teachers and guest artistes performing Chinese, Indonesian, Korean, North Indian, South Indian and Tibetan musical traditions.
Drawing on their performance experience, research students learn both the academic and performance approaches to the ethnomusicological study of musical cultures. Many of them have received research grants to conduct intensive field research in China, India, Indonesia, Ireland, and Korea, presented research papers at conferences of professional societies, and several have successfully completed honors thesis based on their music research.
The Emory Department of Music offers master of music and master of sacred music degrees in organ performance programs led by University Organist Timothy Albrecht. You can hear the Jaeckel Op. 45 organ and Emory's three other concert organs in action at University Organist Recital Series events. More information about Organ at Emory.
The Emory University Chamber Music Program provides many rich opportunities for students to perform music in small, intimate settings such as trios, quartets and other instrumental combinations. The program supports an average of ten groups per semester that generally include string quartets, piano trios, the Emory woodwind quintet and the Emory brass quintet. Other combinations in the recent past have included a Tango group (violin, guitar, piano and bandeleon) in addition to a variety of eclectic instrumental mixes. Each ensemble performs a representative selection of their repertoire at the end of semester Chamber Music Concert.