Music Ensembles

Join a Hartwick Ensemble!

Our ensembles include students, faculty and staff, talented high school students and community members. Regardless of your major, Hartwick ensembles are open to you.

Instrumental Ensembles


Community Opportunities

Instrumental Ensembles

Large Ensembles

Wind Ensemble – Dr. Andrew Pease (T/Th 6-7:30 p.m.)

The Hartwick Wind Ensemble performs two standard concerts each semester.  The music we play includes everything from the standard wind band repertoire to the latest in new repertoire, including new commissions written specifically for us.  The Wind Ensemble also plays at the True Blue Weekend football game and is featured at Hartwick’s Commencement.  This ensemble features opportunities for students to select music and for student conductors. No audition required.

Chamber Orchestra – Prof. Uli Speth (M 7-9:30 p.m.)

The Hartwick/SUNY-Oneonta Chamber Orchestra performs one program of full orchestral literature each semester in concerts at both Hartwick and SUNY.  It is open to string, woodwind, brass, and percussion players from both campuses.

Jazz Band – Prof. Gregg Norris (W 7-9 p.m.)

This standard big band covers jazz classics from the swing era, as well as exploring music from other important genres, such as ballads, rock, cool jazz and Latin. The ensemble strives for an advanced level of performance, but accepts any individual willing to make the commitment to attending weekly rehearsals, semester concerts and other performance events organized throughout the year. Open to Hartwick students and faculty, talented high school students and community members.

Musical Theater Pit – Dr. Andrew Pease (J-Term)

Each J-term, the Music and Theater departments coordinate to stage a full musical.  The Pit ensemble is open to any instrumentalists, depending on instrumentation needs.  Recent productions include A Year with Frog and ToadHair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical, and Chicago. More information on Hartwick Theatre Productions

Rock Ensemble – Prof. Wyatt Ambrose (T 7:45-9:40 p.m.)

The Rock Ensemble plays everything from Chuck Berry to Queen to Radiohead.  No previous experience necessary, just a willingness to learn how to shred.  Demand is high – contact Prof. Jagels to find out about auditioning.


Chamber Ensembles

Flute Choir – Dr. Ana Laura González (W 6:30-8:30 p.m.)

Featuring students from both Hartwick and SUNY-Oneonta, this small group plays chamber pieces for flutes of all sizes, from piccolo to bass flute.  In addition to performing at standard concerts, this group also appears at special events on and off campus.

Brass Ensemble – Dr. Andrew Pease (T/Th 5:15-6 p.m.)

With a repertoire spanning nearly 500 years, this ensemble plays a diverse selection of music at events on and off campus, including open houses, college ceremonies, and concerts.  Rehearsals feature a healthy dose of brass playing fundamentals.

Percussion Ensemble – Dr. Graeme Francis (T 12:20-2:20 p. m.)

Covering everything from African drumming to bowed vibraphone to snare duets, this diverse ensemble is open to students from all majors and backgrounds.

Jazz Combo – Prof. Evan Jagels (M 7-9 p.m.)

This small, eclectic group of musicians dives deep into music from all genres and periods of jazz, and also looks beyond jazz’s borders.  Students in this ensemble work together to create their own arrangements, with an emphasis on improvisation.

Vocal Ensembles

College Choir – Prof. Steven Nanni (M/W 5:15-6:45 p.m.)

The College Choir is a mixed ensemble that sings repertoire from diverse time periods and styles, including both secular and sacred works from a variety of traditions. We champion the work of living composers through the premiering of newly commissioned works and regular performance of twenty-first century repertoire. Collaborations with other local ensembles, including the Catskill Choral Society and the Catskill Symphony expose students to a broad range of performance experiences. While some previous choral experience is helpful, it is not required. Voice placement auditions take place during the first week of classes each term.

Chamber Choir – Prof. Steven Nanni (T/Th 4:00-5:00 p.m.)

The Hartwick Chamber Choir is open to select singers by audition. Depending on the number of qualified voices in any given semester, the Chamber Choir may be a treble or mixed voice ensemble. Vocalists accepted into the chamber choir are expected to participate in the College Choir concurrently (with rare exception). Like the College Choir, the chamber choir sings repertoire from diverse time periods and styles. Due to the smaller size of the ensemble, singers work on more intimate repertoire, occasionally performing without a conductor. The Chamber Choir is often asked to sing for college events and community functions.

Opera/Musical Theater Scenes – Prof. Steven Nanni (T/Th 2:30-4:00 p.m.)

This course is designed to familiarize students with vocal ensemble selections from the operatic and musical theater repertory through study, rehearsal, and live performance.

Musical Theater Production (J-Term)

Every January, the Music and Theater departments coordinate to stage a full musical.  Auditions take place in the Fall and the production is rehearsed during the January term. Performances take place at the beginning of the spring term.  Recent productions include A Year with Frog and Toad, Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical, and Chicago. More information on Hartwick Theatre Productions

Not So Sharp – Student-Run A Cappella Ensemble

Not So Sharp is a select group (both music majors and non-majors) that performs a cappella music on Hartwick’s campus and surrounding areas. We aim to create a fun and inviting atmosphere for all levels of performers.

Community Opportunities

All of Hartwick’s ensembles are open to community members and talented local high school students with director approval based on an audition and the needs of each ensemble. The special opportunities below are specifically tailored to community involvement.

Honor Band – Dr. Andrew Pease (Saturday 10/23/21, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.)

The Hartwick College Honor Band brings high school students from around the region together for one Saturday in the fall for an intensive day of music on our beautiful campus with our faculty and students.  Players also work with a distinguished guest conductor.  The day culminates in an evening concert.  Look for the online application early in the fall. See more at our Honor Band page.

Foothills Opera Experience – Prof. Steven Nanni – Returning Summer 2020

From interpretation of music, story and character to vocal and physical freedom and expression, this summer program promises to guide young vocalists to new levels of artistry and confidence. Check the Foothill Opera Experience website for 2020 information.