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Instrumental Ensembles

Vassar College Orchestra

The Vassar College Orchestra is a full symphony orchestra of about 60 students. The group meets twice a week and gives two or three concerts per semester, performing master works of the symphonic repertoire. Participation is open to all students by audition regardless of their chosen majors. Read more about Vassar College Orchestra

Chamber Music

The Vassar College Chamber Music program offers students opportunities to participate in string quartets, piano trios, wind quintets, and other less traditional formations depending on the repertoire. The groups perform once each semester in the recital hall and several times in other venues on and off campus. Participation is open to all students by audition and may be taken for credit. Read more about Chamber Music

Wind Ensemble

The Vassar College Wind Ensemble is a 50-member ensemble of student and community musicians. Founded in 2001, the Wind Ensemble plays two concerts per year, usually late in the fall and spring semesters, and features works of the wind and band repertoire. Read more about Wind Ensemble

Jazz Ensemble and Combos

The Vassar College Jazz Ensemble is a 20-piece group of student musicians playing saxophones, trumpets, trombones, piano, double bass, guitar, and drums; vocalists are often featured as well. It performs literature ranging from the Big Band Era to jazz-rock fusion. The Jazz Combo program offers students the opportunity to play in smaller ensembles with a strong focus on jazz improvisation. Read more about Jazz Ensemble & Combos

The Mahagonny Ensemble

The Mahagonny Ensemble, founded in 2000 with a performance of the Kurt Weill operetta, Mahagonny Songspiel, is a completely student-run musical ensemble dedicated to promoting the creativity of instrumentalists, singers, and composers interested in performing and writing contemporary classical music. Our conductors and officers are all active students at Vassar College. Read more about The Mahagonny Ensemble

Vassar Camerata

The Vassar Camerata, founded in 2004, is the college's only student-run Baroque ensemble and performs all types of early music from before 1800. Our conductors and officers are all active students at Vassar College. Though we don't use original instruments, we do rehearse and perform using 18-century performance practices. Read more about Vassar Camerata