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
• African Drum Ensemble
The African Music Ensemble concentrates on the percussive music of Ghana and other West African countries. The ensemble uses authentic instruments to explore several styles of music that includes, but is not limited to, music primarily intended for dance and ritual. The ensemble is open to all Centre students and faculty, and you do not need to be able to read music or have any previous musical experience. (Justin Balcor, director)
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)
• 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)
• Rhythm Fusion
Rhythm Fusion 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. (Tripp Bratton, director)
• Centre Symphony 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. (Robert Seebacher, conductor)
• 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. (Robert Seebacher, 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.