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.
Directed by: David Holsinger
Under the direction of renowned composer and national band clinician Dr. David Holsinger, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Directed by: Robert Bernhardt
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.
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.
Directed by: Luke Gambill
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.
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.
Directed by: Josh Golden
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.
Directed by: Gloria Scott-Richmond
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.
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.
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 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.
Lee University offers a minor in musical theatre in a collaboration between the School of Music and the theatre program in the Department of Communication Arts. The university holds performances of full-length theatre productions through this collaboration. Those interested in activities related to musical theatre can inquire with Dr. Ron Brendel (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Dr. Christine Williams (email@example.com).