All Instrumental Ensembles

Brass Ensemble

Brass Ensemble

Featuring the finest brass players at Shenandoah Conservatory, the 14-piece brass ensemble has traveled throughout the Mid-Atlantic region, performing at schools and community events. The group’s repertoire features an exciting and eclectic mixture of old and new, ranging from Gabrieli, … Continue reading


Cello Ensemble

Cello Ensemble has become an established tradition at Shenandoah Conservatory, since the creation of the cello ensemble Cello 12, established in 2002 by cello professor Julian Tryczynski. Today, the Shenandoah Conservatory Cello Ensemble has grown in size to include nearly … Continue reading


Chamber Ensemble

Shenandoah Conservatory’s Chamber Ensemble Program provides instrumental music students the opportunity to explore, study and perform works from the vast and awe-inspiring chamber music literature. The conversational interplay between parts, so characteristic of the chamber music genre, lends itself ideally … Continue reading


Clarinet Ensembles

The clarinet ensembles at Shenandoah Conservatory serve to augment and enhance the individual weekly clarinet lessons through the in depth study of the rich clarinet ensemble chamber literature. The ensembles may consist of various combinations from trios to quartets to … Continue reading


Jazz Ensemble

The Shenandoah Conservatory Jazz Ensemble was founded in the late 1950s as one of the first collegiate jazz ensembles in the country and has a long tradition of excellence. The group has performed with jazz legends, performed internationally, and won … Continue reading


Concert Band

The Concert Band at Shenandoah Conservatory was reinstated in 2009. Performing four formal concerts each academic year, the Concert Band is devoted to the preparation and performance of literature suitable for a large concert ensemble. Compositions of artistic merit are … Continue reading


Jazz Guitar Ensemble

The Jazz Guitar Ensemble consists of six to eight guitars with rhythm section, performing in the style of “Supersax.” The group serves as a laboratory where guitarists can improve their reading skills, but is also a serious performing ensemble. The … Continue reading

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Jazz Combos

The Jazz Combo program at Shenandoah Conservatory is designed to offer students experiences in small group settings, emphasizing improvisation and expanding repertoire. Each combo explores a variety of styles and composers, with a particular emphasis on bebop and hard bop. … Continue reading


Jazz Improvisation Lab

Adjunct Associate Professor of Music Craig Fraedrich, trumpet soloist with the Army Blues, directs the Jazz Improvisation Lab group in an exploration of jazz improvisation techniques. The ensemble enables the students to focus primarily on improvisation, emphasizing jazz theory fundamentals, … Continue reading

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Kammermusik Players

Kammermusik Players is Shenandoah Conservatory’s elite chamber music ensemble comprised mostly of advanced instrumental graduate students and some outstanding undergraduate instrumental students. The ensemble performs a wide … Continue reading


Pit Orchestra

Thomas Albert and Karen Keating, Conductors Pit Orchestra plays for the musical theatre productions at Shenandoah Conservatory of Shenandoah University, including one musical each semester, a musical revue in January, and occasional musicals in concert. Recent productions include: MUSICALS Sunday … Continue reading


SU(PER)cussion Ensemble

The Shenandoah Conservatory SU(PER)cussion Ensemble, directed by Associate Professor Earl Yowell, (former principle timpani/percussion of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra). It is a dynamic music group devoted to … Continue reading


Symphony Orchestra

Symphony Orchestra Jan Wagner, Music Director and ConductorThe Shenandoah Conservatory Symphony Orchestra (SCSO) is the largest instrumental ensemble at Shenandoah Conservatory dedicated to the performance of both the standard and more contemporaneous repertoire.Read More


Symphonic Wind Ensemble

The Symphonic Wind Ensemble at Shenandoah Conservatory has been in existence since 1970. Performing at least four formal concerts each academic year, the Symphonic Wind Ensemble explores musical styles from the Renaissance to the 21st century. Programs feature a wide … Continue reading

About Ensembles

The Instrumental Division at Shenandoah Conservatory offers multiple ensemble experiences in which both undergraduate and graduate students can participate each year. All ensembles are open to music majors and some allow non-music majors to participate. Membership in the ensembles is by audition and/or invitation only at the discretion of each ensemble director. Please contact the ensemble director directly for further information.

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