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Emory University Concert Choir

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. More information about the Emory University Concert Choir.

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University Chorus

University Chorus

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. More information about Choral Studies.

Emory University Symphony Orchestra

Emory University Symphony Orchestra

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. More information about Emory University Symphony Orchestra.

Emory Wind Ensemble

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Emory Wind Ensemble

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.

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Emory Jazz Big Band

Jazz Studies

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.

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World Music
Photo by Laura Emiko Soltis, Dec 2010

World Music Ensembles

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. More information about the World Music Program.

Organ Music at Emory

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.

Vocal Studies

The vocal program at Emory is for the student who is moving toward a career in music, or one who simply wishes to sing. Emory's Vocal Studies area includes approximately twenty-five music majors among many other students who are either voice minors or studying voice for credit or non-credit.  With four voice teachers in the program students have ample opportunity to explore the craft of singing working on technique and artistry as it relates to them individually. There are many performance opportunities on campus as well including the opera/musical theatre workshop called StageWorks, master classes with world renown teachers, art song symposia, solo recitals, and voice classes. More information about Vocal Studies at Emory.

Emory University Chamber Music Program

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. More information about ECMSA.

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