Under the direction of Dr. Susan Taylor, the Anderson University Wind Ensemble is a select group of 65 instrumentalists. The versatility of the Wind Ensemble and its repertoire makes it a major performing and touring ensemble that performs frequently on campus and throughout the Midwest. This ensemble performs the classic works for winds as well as the finest of new and recent compositions for wind and percussion ensembles. Tours have taken the Wind Ensemble to Europe, Canada, and throughout the United States, including a 1998 Carnegie Hall performance in New York. Wind Ensemble also performs in the internationally televised annual Christmas Concert, Anderson University's Candles and Carols.
Since its inception in 1969, the Jazz Ensemble has been a highly respected and much loved ensemble in the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance, known for its energetic and entertaining performances. Under the direction of Professor John Huntoon, the ensemble performs the music of contemporary and legendary jazz artists, such as the bebop music of Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie, the swinging styles of Count Basie and Duke Ellington, the thundering sounds of Woody Herman and Stan Kenton, or the more contemporary approaches of Toshiko Akioshi and Bob Mintzer.
The Symphony Orchestra is composed of approximately 20 string players as well as wind players and percussionists. Under the leadership of Professors Gert Kumi and Kyung-Nam Oh, this ensemble gives concerts on its own and in collaboration with university choral ensembles. Symphony Orchestra has toured with the Anderson University Chorale on their spring tours in the United States and on their tours of Europe during May. This ensemble also performs in the internationally televised annual Christmas Concert, Anderson University's Candles and Carols. Members of orchestra may also perform in the pit orchestra for the annual musical theatre and opera productions.
The Anderson University Percussion Ensemble, under the direction of Professor Joseph Scagnoli, is composed of music majors and students from a variety of majors across the campus. This ensemble performs a variety of works for percussion ranging from ragtime to classical chamber percussion compositions. The Percussion Ensemble is a popular and entertaining ensemble and performs for a number of on-campus events during each school year as well as for civic clubs and community organizations.
The Guitar Ensemble consists of students who study classical guitar and enjoy performing literature that is written and arranged for multiple guitarists to play together. This ensemble sometimes provides an entire concert program by itself and sometimes combines with other chamber ensembles to create an eclectic evening of chamber music.
Jazz-tet (Jazz Combo)
This jazz combo is open to all students who want to enhance their improvisation skills. The instrumentation of the combo varies each semester depending on student availability and interest. Any instrument is welcome and can be incorporated into this educational and musical experience. Jazz-tet often performs in the campus coffee shop, Mocha Joe’s.