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Instrumental Ensembles

Preparing our students for careers in music and life-long enjoyment of instrumental performance!

Major Ensembles

The following ensembles can be taken for credit.

Moravian College Community Orchestra

Director: Donald Spieth
Rehearsals: Mondays, 7:00PM-10:00PM

The MCCO is conducted by Moravian faculty member, Donald Spieth, and is open to college and community instrumentalists by audition. Rehearsals are 7-10 PM Mondays in Foy Concert Hall, Priscilla Payne Hurd Campus. The MCCO is the required ensemble for string majors. Repertoire determines the wind and percussion requirements. For more information on the MCCO, click here.

Wind Ensemble (Spring)

Director: Dr. Carl Hess

Email: hessh@moravian.edu
Rehearsals: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:00PM-6:00PM

College and community winds and percussion players are welcome to audition for placement. The ensemble performs original music and arrangements of music from the 19th to the 21st centuries.    

BIG Band

Director: Neil Wetzel

Email: wetzeln@moravian.edu

The Moravian College BIG Band rehearses once a week in Foy Hall. It is a traditional sized big band with five saxophones, five trumpets, four trombones and a full rhythm section. The repertoire consists of standard big band swing (Basie and Ellington) and modern compositions as well (Mintzer and Tamaro).

The BIG Band has had the opportunity to play behind such jazz legends as alto saxophonist Bobby Watson (Jazz Messengers/solo artist), trombonist Al Gray (Basie), vocalist Milt Grayson (Ellington) and Clark Terry (Ellington and Tonight Show Orchestras). They have also performed at the Lehigh Valley Intercollegiate Jazz Festival and the Villanova Collegiate Jazz Festival.

In addition to their concert and festival scedule, the BIG Band also plays for dances on campus.

BIG Band News

This year, BIG Band is recording their first CD, featuring original compositions by students and faculty. The ensemble received its first invite to perform at the Berks Jazz Festival on Saturday April 2nd, and will have its first performance at the world famous jazz club, the  Deer Head Inn in Delaware Water Gap, on Sunday May 1st.

Upcoming Performance

Friday, March 24 | Foy Hall 

The Moravian College Greyhound Marching Band (Fall)

Director: Dr. Carl Hess

Email: hessh@moravian.edu

Rehearsals: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:00PM-6:00PM (not including band camp, held in August)

The Greyhound Marching Band continues to bring energy and spirit to campus and sporting events. Students of all majors are welcome, and students receive credit for participation in this no-audition ensemble. Click here for information about band camp, schedules, and frequently asked questions.


Non-credit Ensembles

Brass Ensemble

Director: Larry Wright

Performs at Vespers and various College functions and recitals.

Celtic Ensemble

Director: Alison Gillespie

Clarinet Choir

Director: Deborah Andrus

Uses clarinets from Eb to Double Bb Contra. Performs at various College functions and recitals.

Flute Ensemble

Director: Robin Kani

Email: kanir@moravian.edu

Performs at Vespers and various College functions and recitals.

Guitar Ensemble

Director: John Arnold

Performs at various College functions and recitals.

Improv Ensemble

Director: Dan DeChellis

Performs improvised reflections via a variety of media.

Percussion Ensemble

Director: Steven Mathiesen

Performs at various College functions and recitals.

Salon

Director: Graeme Burgan

Trombone Ensemble

Director: Ralph Brodt III

Performs at various College functions and recitals.

Woodwind Trio

Director: Dr. Deborah Andrus

Performs at various College functions and recitals.