• Instrumental ensembles rehearse twice a week on opposite days, allowing students to participate in both the Jazz Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra.

  • Our three major student ensembles perform on tour each January, serving as ambassadors for the college at a regional, national and international level.

  • All of our ensembles are directed by faculty with the highest degrees in their field.


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Dr. Tara Villa Keith directing the Davidson College Symphony Orchestra

Nearly 200 students participate each semester in performing groups on campus, plus those who play in various chamber groups such as string quartets, brass quintets, and woodwind quartets. You can even choose whether you'd like to receive course credit for participation in a formal ensemble. There are many informal groups as well.


Auditions for ensembles take place the first week of classes during the regular add/drop period. Instrumentalists may sign up for auditions at Sloan 200. Vocalists may sign up for auditions at Sloan 201. For more details on the audition process, consult the pages for the ensemble you're interested in below.

After auditioning and securing permission from the instructor, you may register for an ensemble, on Music webpages, no later than the Tuesday following auditions.


The premier choral ensemble at Davidson. The Chorale is a highly select, auditioned choir of 24 singers comprised of students from various academic disciplines. The Chorale performs the standard choral repertoire as well as newly composed and commissioned choral literature. The Chorale tours annually and represents the college on the campus, regionally, and nationally.

Collegium Musicum

The Collegium Musicum is select student-led ensemble between eight and 16 members drawn from the Chorale. Collegium specializes in music of the late Middle Ages and Renaissance.

Choral Arts Society

The Choral Arts Society is a large ensemble open to Davidson College students, faculty, staff, and the town. It focuses on presenting large-scale masterpieces for chorus and orchestra. Open by audition or invitation.

Davidson Singers

The Davidson Singers is an auditioned mixed vocal ensemble for experienced or novice choristers interested in learning more about the art of choral singing. They join with the Choral Arts Society to perform two concerts every semester.

Symphony Orchestra

The Symphony Orchestra (DCSO) is an auditioned ensemble of approximately 50 student musicians, performing a wide range of repertoire from the Baroque to the present. The orchestra performs 2-3 concerts per semester, and features annually the student concerto competition winners and guest soloists.

Jazz Ensemble

The Davidson College Jazz Ensemble is an auditioned "big band" of approximately 18 musicians. The group rehearses and performs throughout the year with several events highlighting the schedule

Jazz Combo

The Jazz Combo is an intimate ensemble for instrumentalists interested in performing small group jazz literature while placing a strong emphasis on jazz improvisation.

Saxophone Quartet

The Saxophone Quartet is a small group ensemble for saxophonists interested in performing chamber music ranging from Bach transcriptions to modern day saxophone compositions. 

African Drumming Ensemble

The African Drumming Ensemble involves learning techniques for the Djembe and Dundun drums of Guinea, Mali, Sierra Leone, Ivory Coast, and the Senegambia region of West Africa.