Greensboro College offers an array of ensembles, allowing students to participate in large and small ensembles performing various literature from traditional classical to jazz and pop.
Large-ensemble participation allows students to learn much traditional and contemporary instrumental and choral literature as they develop their rehearsal and performance skills of playing and singing with good intonation, tone quality, balance, blend, articulation, style, phrasing, and rhythmic precision.
Large instrumental ensembles include Wind Ensemble and the Marching Band (Marching Pride) and are directed by Director of Bands Benjy Springs. The Wind Ensemble performs traditional as well as contemporary band literature in concert format, while the Marching Pride’s repertoire ranges from traditional marches to eclectic show arrangements.
Chorale is the large choral ensemble and performs traditional as well as contemporary choral literature on campus and in the community. The Chorale is conducted by Director of Choral Activities Dr. Jonathan Brotherton.
The small ensembles require the instrumentalist or singer to perform the individual part, balancing with the other parts but more independently than in a large section of the same part. More individual leadership is required.
The Jazz Ensemble, directed by Benjy Springs, is considered a small ensemble but its popularity on campus is not small. The Jazz Ensemble requires a high level of performing expertise and performs standard jazz literature, contemporary jazz and dance music.
The Chamber Singers are a select, smaller ensemble that performs chamber choral works. Conducted by Dr. Jonathan Brotherton, the ensemble performs on campus as well as off campus and at professional events. Both the Chamber Singers and the Chorale annually premier choral compositions written by Dr. Brotherton.
The Brass Ensemble, directed by Benjy Springs, is another small, instrumental ensemble that performs Renaissance, Baroque, and 20th-century literature and performs often on campus and at area churches.
The Brass Quintet, supervised by Benjy Springs, is a select group of brass players who perform both traditional and contemporary brass-quintet literature on campus and off campus, at churches, high schools, and other venues.
Small woodwind ensembles include the Flute Ensemble, Clarinet Ensemble, Woodwind Quintet, and Saxophone Ensemble. The woodwind ensembles perform traditional woodwind literature and also music composed and arranged by GC music faculty specifically for each ensemble. Alicia Campbell directs the Flute Ensemble, and the other woodwind ensembles are directed by Neill Clegg, Director of Woodwind Studies.
The Percussion Ensemble, directed by Kim Summers, performs exciting percussion literature and frequently performs drumline literature.
In the Blues/Rock/Jazz Workshop, directed by Neill Clegg and Greg Hyslop, students study those styles and prepare to perform at a higher level for the Jazz Ensemble and other popular music venues.
The Opera/Musical Theatre Workshop, directed by Dr. Jane McKinney, allows for small ensemble credit. But while students may sing in an ensemble chorus in an operatic or musical theatre production, the workshop primarily allows students to study and develop operatic and musical theatre roles. A main-stage production of an opera is typically performed during the fall semester, and both operatic and musical-theatre works are studied and performed during the spring semester.
In the New Music Ensemble, directed by Dr. David Fox, students study modern and experimental music composition techniques of the last 100 years and compose a piece for the ensemble that uses one or more of the experimental techniques. The Contemporary Improvisation Ensemble, directed by Neill Clegg and Dr. David Fox, focuses on creative music imagined by the students who employ the skills acquired in music theory and improvisation courses.