Ensembles

Berkshire Symphony

The Berkshire Symphony is a 75-member symphonic orchestra comprising, in roughly equal proportions, Williams College music students, Williams music faculty members, and area professionals. Continue reading »

Brass Ensemble

The Brass Ensemble performs on and off campus in recitals, church services, and college and community events performing in standard brass ensemble configurations from large to small and using original scores when applicable, or arrangements as necessary. Continue reading »

Concert Choir and Chamber Choir

The choral program has much to offer students interested in singing, with a number of performances throughout the year, a wide range of repertoire, recordings, and tours. The Concert Choir and the Chamber Choir are made up entirely of students. Continue reading »

Jazz Ensemble

The Williams Jazz Ensemble is the cornerstone of a large and vibrant community of faculty members and students interested in big band, small ensembles, and vocal combinations of jazz at the college. Continue reading »

Jazz Repertory Ensemble

The Williams Repertory Jazz Ensemble is devoted to the study and presentation of significant composers and movements in jazz history. WRJE is directed by Kris Allen. Rehearsals: Wednesday, 4:00-6:30pm Continue reading »

Percussion Ensemble

The Percussion Ensemble performs new and adventurous music on a nearly limitless battery of instruments ranging from marimbas and drums to homemade instruments and found objects. Continue reading »

Small Jazz Ensembles

Small Jazz Ensembles emphasize improvisational interplay with original compositions and arrangements by the band members. In addition, musicians can explore the many genres of jazz while seeking to hone skills through close work with master musicians. Auditions are held concurrently with other jazz groups in the fall. Continue reading »

Wind Ensemble

This ensemble presents artistic programs blending traditional and contemporary wind band music. The ensemble often features adventurous programming, new music, and student conductors, composers, and soloists. Continue reading »

Other Performance Opportunities

Students have many opportunities to perform in smaller chamber ensembles such as woodwind, string, and jazz groups, as well as individually. Please see course information about Chamber Music Workshop. Chamber Music Workshop groups are coached by faculty on a weekly basis and culminate in a performance. Continue reading »