• Ensemble involvement at Lee University is one of the highlights of the School of Music. With a strong history of over fifty years of dynamic ensemble offerings, instrumental and vocal ensembles are open to all interested and qualified students regardless of major. Most university music ensembles require an audition, unless otherwise noted, and provide musical and ministry experiences that mold the college experience for our students. Ensemble auditions are held at the beginning of every semester. 

    Instrumental Ensembles

    Wind Ensemble

    Directed by: David Holsinger
    dholsinger@leeuniversity.edu

    Under the direction of renowned composer and national band clinician Dr. David Holsinger, this group is committed to the highest level of performance of instrumental ensemble literature for winds and percussion. The Wind Ensemble is a non-traveling organization that performs for special concerts on the Lee University campus.

    Symphony Orchestra

    Directed by: Robert Bernhardt
    rbernhardt@leeuniversity.edu

    Performing a wide variety of orchestral literature, this ensemble of select instrumentalists is led by critically acclaimed conductor Robert Bernhardt. In addition to performing one major concert each semester, its musicians frequently participate in operatic, choral, and other concerts on the campus. Recent repertoire includes Respighi’s Pines of Rome, Humperdinck’s Evening Prayer and Dream Pantomime, and Dvorák’s Symphony “from the New World.” The ensemble also sponsors an annual concerto competition for University students.

    Symphonic Band

    Directed by: Mark Bailey
    mbailey@leeuniversity.edu

    The Lee University Symphonic Band is made up of select brass, woodwind, and percussion instrumentalists. This group tours once or twice each month to churches across the United States and has participated in several international tours. The Symphonic Band combines musical excellence with dynamic spiritual ministry.

    Chamber Strings

    Directed by: Xiaoqing Yu
    xyu@leeuniversity.edu

    Chamber Strings is a dynamic ensemble composed of the institution’s finest violinists, violists, cellists, and bassists providing innovative programming for venues on and off campus. Smaller ensembles that perform standard works from the chamber music literature are frequently formed from its membership.

    Brass Choir

    Directed by: Nathan Warner
    nwarner@leeuniversity.edu

    The Lee University Brass Choir is an aggregation of 15-20 brass players who explore the unique repertoire of large brass ensemble literature and various transcriptions. It is a unique opportunity for brass players to address the issues they face as a “musical family.” This ensemble rehearses and performs throughout the school year.

    Jazz Ensemble

    Directed by: Alan Wyatt
    awyatt@leeuniversity.edu

    The Lee University Jazz Ensemble performs traditional and recent literature for the traditional Big Band. The ensemble includes rhythm, saxophones, trumpets, and trombones. A frequent award winner at national festivals, it performs for campus, school, and civic events. Its students also have the opportunity to perform in combos. The groups are under the supervision of tenor saxophonist Alan Wyatt, a highly acclaimed soloist known for his imaginative improvisations.

    Pep Band

    Directed by: Alan Wyatt
    awyatt@leeuniversity.edu

    The Pep Band plays for a select number of basketball games during the school year. The group rehearses once each week and plays marching and pep band charts. Open to all University students.

    Percussion Ensemble

    Directed by: Andy Harnsberger 
    aharnsberger@leeuniversity.edu 
    Percussion Studio Page

    The chamber percussion experience is essential to the percussionist's training and allows students to experience repertoire from contemporary genres to world music and improvisation. The Percussion Ensemble, directed by Dr. Andy Harnsberger, is an integral part of the percussion curriculum and performs a wide variety of music written expressly for percussion. Selections range from chamber works for three to four performers to works utilizing many instruments. The group presents fall and spring concerts annually. Students are also exposed to nationally recognized artists and clinicians from around the country, who specialize in marching percussion, drum set, Afro-Cuban percussion, Brazilian percussion, Arabic percussion, marimba, jazz vibes, African percussion, and symphonic percussion. 

    If you are interested in joining percussion ensemble or would like to have the group perform for an event, please contact Andy Harnsberger.


    Vocal Ensembles

    Festival Choir

    Directed by: William Green
    wgreen@leeuniversity.edu

    The Lee University Festival Choir is comprised of approximately 350 singers drawn from each of the seven choral ensembles at Lee University. This chorus performs at various major university and community events, and has performed alongside the Lee University Symphony Orchestra and Wind Ensemble, performing major works by Maurice Duruflé, G.F. Handel, Gusav Holst, John Rutter and Mack Wilberg.

    In January of 2013, the Lee University Festival Choir performed at the 57th United States Presidential Inauguration at the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

    Choral Union

    Directed by: Joshua Cheney
    jcheney@leeuniversity.edu

    Choral Union performs choral music and major masterworks for mixed chorus and orchestra, such as Handel’s Messiah, Honegger’s King David, Poulenc’s Gloria, Beethoven's Mass in C Major, and Bernstein's Chichester Psalms. This ensemble is a unique blend of Lee University music majors and non-music majors and is open to all who are interested in choral music. Major works performed recently include Finzi's In Terra Pax, Lauridsen's Lux Aeterna, and Mozart's Requiem.

    Campus Choir

    Directed by: Jimmy Phillips
    jphillips@leeuniversity.edu

    For more than 50 years, Campus Choir has been a Christ-centered auditioned touring choir, performing at the university as well as across the Eastern United States and international venues. Within Campus Choir is Power Unlimited, an ensemble of eight vocalists and six instrumentalists.

    Chorale

    Directed by: William Green
    wgreen@leeuniversity.edu

    The Chorale is an ensemble of highly motivated vocalists who are selected by audition. An emphasis is placed on the diversity and breadth of traditional choral literature. In addition to music majors, membership represents a sampling of many of the majors offered by the University.

    Evangelistic Singers

    Directed by: Gloria Scott-Richmond
    grichmond@leeuniversity.edu

    Evangelistic Singers (EVS) seek God through the art of worship within the genres of spirituals and both traditional and contemporary gospel music. In addition to the southeastern U.S., this auditioned choir of approximately 50 students has performed throughout Bermuda and the Caribbean.

    Ladies of Lee

    Directed by: Randy Sheeks 
    rsheeks@leeuniversity.edu

    The Ladies of Lee offer vocal performance opportunities to approximately 55 women seeking to express their creative talents in a spiritually rich environment. The auditioned membership travels throughout the eastern US with repertoire reflecting a diverse range of styles.

    Lee Singers

    Directed by: Brad Moffett
    bmoffett@leeuniversity.edu

    Lee Singers is an auditioned mixed choral ensemble of 45 vocalists and 9 band members. This dynamic choral ensemble tours the United States and world, performing a wide range of musical styles including sacred choral works, praise and worship, traditional choral, patriotic songs, and gospel favorites.

    Opera Theatre

    Directed by: James Frost
    jfrost@leeuniversity.edu

    Opera Theatre began in the spring of 1998 as a workshop and has quickly grown into a production organization performing fully staged operas from both standard and less traditional repertoire. Roles are determined by audition.

    Voices of Lee

    Directed by: Danny Murray
    danmurray@leeuniversity.edu
    vociesoflee.com

    The Voices of Lee is a 16-member a cappella ensemble characterized by a unique variety of lush vocal harmonies, high-energy patriotic numbers, fun-filled audience participation, and heartfelt gospel favorites.

Music Events Calendar

11/12
Senior Recital: Chiaoyu Lin, piano
Begins at 6:00 PM

Squires Recital Hall
Senior Recital: Chiaoyu Lin, piano
This event is free, non-ticked, and open to the public
11/12
Senior Recital: Joy Walker, violin
Begins at 8:00 PM

Squires Recital Hall
Senior Recital: Joy Walker, violin
This event is free, non-ticked, and open to the public
11/13
Jr. Recital: Cordelia Grace, guitar
Begins at 6:00 PM | Read more

Squires Recital Hall
Jr. Recital: Cordelia Grace, guitar
This event is open to the public, free, and tickets are not required.
11/13
Jazz Ensemble
Begins at 7:30 PM | Read more

Dixon Center
Jazz Ensemble
Alan Wyatt, director

This event is open to the public, free, and tickets are not required.

11/14
Small Jazz Ensemble
Begins at 7:30 PM | Read more

Dixon Center
Small Jazz Ensemble
Jose Valentino-Ruiz, James Ward, Nathan Warner, directors

This event is open to the public, free, and tickets are not required.

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