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 14 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 as MUS 101; the other two (Fresh Flutes and Harp Ensemble) are not-for-credit options.*  Faculty, staff, and community members are welcome in most ensembles.

* If registering for the ensemble would incur overload fees, students may participate without registering, with consent of the instructor.

Curd Ensemble Scholarships

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

Ensembles and Directors (1-credit courses)

Audition Required

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.

No Audition Required

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).