Music Ensembles


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

Contact an ensemble director for details.

INSTRUMENTAL Large Ensembles

Wind EnsembleDr. 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 OrchestraProf. Ben Aldridge (M 7-9 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 BandProf. 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.

Rock EnsembleProf. 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. Ambrose to find out about auditioning.

INSTRUMENTAL Chamber Ensembles

Flute ChoirDr. 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 EnsembleDr. Andrew Pease (T/Th 5:15-6 p.m.)

Inspired by New Orleans Brass Bands, the Brass Ensemble explores music from every era and genre through an open minded, improvisatory lens. We also occasionally tour, and even button up for special college events. Open to players of any experience level.

Percussion Ensemble – (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 ComboProf. 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.


College ChoirProf. 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 ChoirProf. 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 ScenesProf. 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.

Not So SharpStudent-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.


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 BandDr. Andrew Pease (Sunday 10/23/22, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.)

The Hartwick College Honor Band brings high school students from around the region together 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.


Celebration of Singing – Steven Nanni (Satudray 03/11/23, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.)

The Hartwick College Celebration of Singing brings high school students from around the region together for one intensive day of music on our beautiful campus with our faculty and students. Choral students also work with a distinguished guest conductor. The day culminates in concert.

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