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W&L offers a variety of Instrumental and Choral ensembles, each open to all students regardless of their major. Click an ensemble below to view a description, course syllabus, performance calendar, and more.

University-Shenandoah Symphony Orchestra
Instrumental
University-Shenandoah Symphony Orchestra (USSO)The University-Shenandoah Symphony Orchestra (USSO) is a semi-professional student/community orchestra which brings quality musical programs to the Shenandoah Valley. Conducted by Barry Kolman, professional musicians join local residents and advanced students in 3-4 programs a year.
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Chamber Singers
Choral

Chamber Singers The Chamber Singers is a 26-member, highly select ensemble conducted by Shane Lynch. Membership is open to all W&L sophomores, juniors, and seniors by audition.

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University Jazz Ensemble
Instrumental

University Jazz EnsembleThe University Jazz Ensemble, directed by Peter Del Vecchio, was formed in 1996 and has grown steadily since its inception. The repertoire of the ensemble ranges from classics from the glory days of the big band to world premiere compositions.

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Cantatrici (Women's Choir)
Choral
Cantatrici (Women's Choir) - Music @ W&LCantatrici (“excellent female singers”) is the newest ensemble at W&L. Made up of singers that represent a huge cross-section of the student body, Cantatrici sings regularly throughout the campus and community, focusing on regional touring and community outreach.
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University Wind Ensemble
Instrumental
University Wind EnsembleThe University Wind Ensemble, conducted by Barry Kolman, is a Concert Band consisting of approximately 65 talented college students and local residents who perform two to three concerts on campus each academic year.
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Men's Glee Club
Choral
Men's Glee Club - Music @ W&L

The Men’s Glee Club is the oldest choral ensemble at W&L that dates back to early 20th century. Based on the time-honored tradition of men’s choral singing, the Glee Club performs regularly on campus, at athletic events, and in the community.

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Chamber Ensembles
Instrumental
Chamber Ensembles Coordinated by Barry Kolman, the Department offers a variety of Chamber Ensembles depending on student needs each term. Past and current Chamber Ensembles include the Collonade String Quartet, piano trios and the Modern Music Ensemble.
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Student Groups
Varies
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The students of Washington & Lee University lead some of their own groups that you can be involved with. Student leaders hold auditions each term as space becomes available. These groups cannot be taken for credit.

  • General Admission (mixed a cappella)
  • JubiLee (all female a cappella)
  • Southern Comfort (all male a cappella)
  • The Washingtones (mixed a cappella)
  • Production Club (provides sound, lighting and recording support on campus)
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