Davidson, NC 28035
209 Ridge Road
Davidson, NC 28035
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 drop/add period. Instrumentalists may sign up for auditions at Sloan 200. Vocalists may sign up for auditions at Sloan 102. 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 no later than the Sunday 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
The Jazz Combo is an intimate ensemble for instrumentalists interested in performing small group jazz literature while placing a strong emphasis on jazz improvisation.
The Saxophone Quartet is a small group ensemble for saxophonists interested in performing chamber music ranging from Bach transcriptions to modern day saxophone compositions.
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.