Ensembles are open to all students at WWU, regardless of major. If you would like to join an ensemble, you need to audition prior to the start of fall quarter.
While most large ensembles require an audition, we offer one instrumental and two choral groups that can be joined without prior placement. In addition, applied lessons are available on a space-available basis to non-majors who participate concurrently in a large ensemble.
- Symphonic Band
- Wind Symphony
- Symphony Orchestra
- String Sinfonia
- Guitars of Western
- Jazz Ensembles
- Viking Band *non auditioned
- Concert Choir
- Advanced Treble Choir
- Western Voices
- University Treble Choir * non auditioned
- University Tenor/Bass Choir * non auditioned
Chamber Music Ensembles
These small ensembles ranging from string quartets to wind/brass quintets to flute and brass choirs perform in quarterly concerts and receive weekly coaching from the applied faculty.
Contemporary String Quartet
Woodwind, String and Brass Ensembles
Comprised of all students in the percussion area, this ensemble has performed at percussion festivals throughout the Northwest, commissioned new works for percussion, and collaborated with the Western Dance Program in creating new works for dance and percussion.
Western's contemporary music collective presents concerts of challenging and eclectic music in a casual, accessible setting. NowHearThis! seeks to bring new audiences to the great and adventurous repertoire of our time.
These mixed instrumental and vocal ensembles perform chamber music of the Baroque and pre-Baroque periods with an emphasis on historically informed performance practice.