Are you looking to sing or play? WPU offers a variety of ensembles and choirs to appeal to style and ability. These opportunities are offered as credit-earning classes.
Chamber Ensemble is a one-credit class that teaches vocal and instrumental students the importance of being able to master their individual parts as well as hearing, transcribing, arranging, rehearsing, and performing musical pieces.
Concert Choir is a vocal performance group that welcomes all student singers regardless of background. Students who can sing in tune and carry their own parts are welcome to join. Concert Choir usually has about fifty members and performs a varied repertoire, including contemporary, gospel, and classical styles.
The Jazz Ensemble features a standard big band instrumentation of 5 saxophones, 4 trombones, 5 trumpets, guitar, piano, bass, drums, percussion, and vocalist. This ensemble performs a variety of musical styles including, but not limited to, swing, various Latin styles, contemporary jazz, rock, and funk. Students are taught stylistic techniques for playing jazz and are encouraged to develop as improvisers.
The Jazz Ensemble rehearses Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:00-4:50 and is a non-auditioned group open to all WPU students, alumni, and community players of all ages.
Vocal Jazz is open to all singers, while at the same time presenting the challenge of complicated voicing and harmonies, intricate rhythms, and various musical styles which include R&B, jazz, rock, contemporary, gospel, and folk.
Warner Chorale is a group of about fifteen selected singers from the Concert Choir. The musical literature performed is challenging and diverse and requires a high level of vocal proficiency.
Open to all WPU students, the Wind Ensemble performs standard literature for concert band by composers such as Holst, Grainger, Sousa and Reed as well as contemporary works.
The Wind Ensemble rehearses Tuesdays from 5:00-5:50 pm and Thursdays from 6:00-8:00 pm. It is a non-auditioned group and is open to community players and alumni of all ages on Thursday evenings. All rehearsals take place in the beautiful McGuire Auditorium located on campus. This course can be used for non-major elective credits and overall graduation requirements.