Ensembles and Lessons

Performance Opportunities at Brown

The Department of Music at Brown offers a huge array of performing opportunities, all available for academic credit. Students may choose to join one of the department's many performing groups, including orchestra, chorus, wind symphony, or jazz band. They may also wish to audition to participate in chamber music performance, or take part in one of our many ethnomusicology ensembles, such as Ghanaian drumming and dancing, Old-Time string band, Brazilian Choro, or Javanese Gamelan. We also have an Electro-Acoustic ensemble for those who want to explore multimedia and electronic music performance. Rehearsals take place in the evenings and an effort has been made to schedule the ensemble meetings so students may participate in more than one performance group if they wish.

For an additional fee, students may elect to take private lessons through our Applied Music Program. Approximately thirty professional musicians from the greater Boston-Providence area provide weekly instruction in voice, keyboard, and all the wind, string, brass and percussion instruments. We also make it possible for students to study instruments such as tabla, sitar, or the oud.

The Orchestra sponsors an annual Concerto Competition in October, and winners perform with the orchestra during the academic year at a regularly scheduled concert.  Student compositions are often featured on performing group concert programs and students occasionally have the opportunity to conduct.  Master classes and student recitals are a regular aspect of the Applied Music and Chamber Music programs.  New music concerts frequently showcase visiting composers as well as offer opportunities for student works to be performed.

All Brown students are eligible to participate in our performance opportunities, regardless of their concentration.