Joining a Music Department ensemble is an enjoyable, hands-on way of exploring music you might not encounter in any other way, guided by faculty who are experts in the field. It can provide you with an experience that is intellectually stimulating, aesthetically rewarding, and fun to do with your friends.

The Music Department offers 13 faculty-led ensembles covering a wide variety of musical styles from around the world—everything from medieval music to works composed yesterday. Twelve ensembles are available for 1 credit* or 0 credits (audit) as MUS 101; Harp Ensemble is a not-for-credit option.  Faculty, staff, and community members are welcome in most ensembles; please register using the  non-degree-seeking students Audit Registration Form.

*Please note: credits earned in music lessons and ensembles are NOT counted in the number of credits that determine whether a student is liable for an "overload" fee (for exceeding 18 credits/semester).

Curd Ensemble Scholarships

The Music Department offers 1-year music lesson scholarships to outstanding members of the following ensembles: Grinnell Singers, Grinnell Symphony Orchestra, and Jazz Ensemble. Winners are selected during fall ensemble auditions. For more information, see Music Department Scholarships & Awards.

Ensembles and Directors (1-credit courses)

Ensembles that require an audition:

Auditions are generally held during Orientation Week and the first week of class. For most auditions, please prepare a short piece or excerpt (3-5 minutes of music) and bring the sheet music to the audition. Please also be prepared to do some sight-reading and exercises. For more details and to sign up for an audition, contact the ensemble director.

Ensembles that do not require an audition:

The following ensembles are open without audition to beginners as well as experienced musicians; the ability to read music notation is not required (except for Symphonic Concert Band).