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Music Ensembles at Centre College

Choral Ensembles

If you love to sing, then you will love Centre’s numerous choral ensembles, all conducted by choir director Dr. Johann van Niekerk. Centre Singers is the premiere group, regularly touring both nationally and internationally. The Centre College Choir is a large ensemble of students, faculty, and staff, often performing major works with other area choirs and orchestra. Centre Women’s Voices and Men’s Voices round out the offerings. For a less formal musical outlet, there is also the student-run a cappella group Common Time.
Centre College Choir
Centre Men’s Voices
Centre Singers
Centre Women’s Voices

Instrumental Ensembles

African Drum Ensemble
Description coming soon… (Justin Cornelison, director)
Centre Orchestra
The CCO is dedicated to providing a positive musical experience for players and listeners alike. It focuses on the master works of symphonic literature without neglecting the music of our time. (Jaemi Loeb, conductor)
Performing a variety of tunes from the early big band era to contemporary funk and jazz, the Centre Jazz Band has a reputation for being one of the most exciting musical groups on campus. (Doug Drewek, director)
Centre Percussion
Centre College Percussion Ensemble consists of both music majors and non-majors. Repertoire for the ensemble draws from various time periods, genres, and geographical locations to bring audiences and students a well-rounded sampling of standard and non-standard percussion music. (Brandon Arvay, director)
Centre Wind Ensemble
This ensemble is an opportunity for students who play band instruments to continue enjoying the camaraderie and great music they have grown to love. Repertoire focuses mainly on music written for wind ensemble, with occasional transcriptions of orchestral and popular pieces. (Jaemi Loeb, director)
Kentucky Music Ensemble
Performing traditional and contemporary folk music from Kentucky and beyond, this band is one of the signature sounds of Centre College’s music program. With fiddles, guitars, dobros, banjos, and more, the KY Music Ensemble gigs at a wide variety of area venues. This ensemble will not be active this fall, but will resume in the spring. (Nathan Link, director)
Pep Band
The Centre Pep Band brings school spirit and fun to home football games. This is a non-auditioned group that requires minimal rehearsal time, but maximum enthusiasm. (Jaemi Loeb, director)

Other Performing Opportunities

Musician’s Showcase
Every fall and spring term, the Music Program hosts an honor’s recital for students taking private lessons. Students perform solos with accompaniment or small chamber works, chosen in consultation with their teachers. Current students, click here for details.
Concerto Competition
Every December, the Music Program hosts a concerto competition. Students audition with a concerto or other piece for solo instrument and orchestra or wind ensemble. Winners are chosen for artistic and technical excellence and rewarded with the opportunity to perform as a soloist with either the orchestra or wind ensemble at the spring concert. Current students, click here for details.