Concert Band (1 credit)

Connecticut College Concert Band

The CC Concert Band performs twice each semester, presenting challenging and exciting repertoire from the wind ensemble literature. We often feature student conductors and soloists, especially departing seniors. New members are always welcome, by audition. Recent works include Dello Joio's Satiric Dances, Whitacre's October, and Grainger's Children's March.

For more information, please contact Gary Buttery, director.

Connecticut College Orchestra (1 credit)

Connecticut College Orchestra violins

The Connecticut College orchestra welcomes students from all majors. We perform standard orchestral repertoire as well as newer works and chamber music. We frequently collaborate with the choirs, as well as with ensembles outside of campus. In the Fall semester 2019, the orchestra performed Michael Shapiro’s score for the 1931 original movie Frankenstein in collaboration with the Wesleyan University Orchestra.

In addition, our resident world-class faculty soloists are regularly invited to work with the orchestra in sectional rehearsals, and they also perform with us. Students have the opportunity to study privately with these renowned faculty members every semester, free of charge.

For more information, please contact Jaroslaw Lis, director.

Jazz Ensemble (1 credit)

Jazz trombones at Connecticut College


The Jazz Ensemble performs works for big band instrumentation as well as smaller combos. We welcome instrumentalists as well as jazz vocalists.

For more information, contact Gary Buttery, director.

Chorale (1 credit)

Connecticut College chamber choir singers


Chorale is a mixed ensemble of approximately 30-50 members and is open to all students, faculty, and staff by placement audition.  This ensemble focuses on developing the fundamentals of singing and artistry through a diverse repertoire from the medieval period to the 21st century. 

For more information, please contact Rachel Feldman, director.

Camerata (1 credit)

Camerata is an advanced treble vocal ensemble of approximately 12-16 members open to majors and non-majors by audition. This ensemble performs a diverse repertoire from the medieval period to the 21st century. Camerata performs one or two concerts each semester, participates in community events, and engages in outreach performances.

For more information, please contact Rachel Feldman, director.

New Music & Improvisation Ensemble (1 credit)

Percussion and New Music Ensemble at Connecticut College

The New Music & Improvisation Ensemble welcomes all instrumentalists and vocalists who are interested in performing contemporary classical music and learning strategies for improvisation.

Performing once a semester, the ensemble takes great pride in collaborating with faculty composers and performers, and in its diverse, ever-developing repertoire. As much an opportunity for serious musical growth on behalf of its members as it is an integral, pioneering faction of the Connecticut College arts community, the ensemble looks forward to seeing everybody at its next concert!

Chamber Music (1 credit)

Connecticut College Concerto competition pianist

Chamber music groups are organized each semester according to student interest and teacher availability. These include string quartets, string trios, woodwind quintets, saxophone quartets, guitar ensembles, flute ensembles, and the like.

Musical Theater

A musical theater ensemble is offered every spring semester leading to the production of a musical by the theater and music departments.  Recent productions include Into the Woods, Three Penny Opera, Rocky Horror Picture Show, and The Cradle Will Rock.