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WVU student performing groups include a wide range of opportunities in a variety of musical traditions and styles. The student and community performing groups are open to all qualified WVU students by audition. All groups must be taken for credit unless noted below.

WVU Bands

Serving nearly 500 students, the WVU Bands program is designed to provide professional training for music education and performance majors, while also serving as a musical outlet for wind and percussion players throughout the university community regardless of major.  The program currently consists of five ensembles - the Wind Symphony, the Symphonic Band, the Concert Band, the Mountaineer Marching Band, and the Basketball Pep Band.

WVU Symphony Orchestra

The  WVU Symphony Orchestra, a national award-winning ensemble, is known for its outstanding performances of standard and innovative programs. WVUSO presents six to eight programs a year and trains students to perform at the highest level of artistic expression and technical expertise. In 2014, WVUSO was one of only two collegiate orchestras invited to perform at the national conference of the College Orchestra Directors Association in Fort Worth, Texas.  In 2019 WVUSO began a series of annual visits to Lewisburg WV’s Carnegie Hall.


Further information on programs and dates for WVUSO concerts will be posted soon at our website:

    WVU Choirs

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    The WVU Choral Program has a choir for everyone. Whether you are a student, member of faculty, staff member, or a part of the local community, there is a place for you to sing at WVU. Regardless of your background or level of experience, we have a choir for you!


    Chamber Singers 

    MUSC 305 001 CRN: 81415

    Rehearsals: Monday through Thursday from 1pm - 2:20pm

    Chamber Singers is the flagship choral ensemble of West Virginia University. This auditioned ensemble is available to students from all departments and schools across the university and performs a variety of classical and multi-cultural repertoire from the Renaissance through the twenty-first century. In addition to performing regularly in West Virginia, the choir tours both nationally and internationally.


    Mountaineer Singers

    (treble voices): MUSC 305 003 CRN: 81664

    Rehearsals: Tuesday and Thursday from 2:30 - 3:50pm

    Mountaineer Singers is a non-auditioned ensemble that brings together treble voices from across various schools and departments throughout the university.  The choir presents choral programs of classical, popular, folk, and multi-cultural repertoire. Performances take place both on and off campus and the choir also collaborates with the WVU Mountaineer Chorus for joint performances.


    Mountaineer Chorus

    (tenor/bass voices): MUSC 305 002 CRN: 81784

    Rehearsals: Tuesday and Thursday from 2:30 - 3:50pm

    The WVU Mountaineer Chorus is a non-auditioned tenor/bass ensemble open to all students across the university. The ensemble explores music of diverse cultures, styles, and periods, and regularly collaborates with other university ensembles including the WVU Mountaineer Singers


    West Virginia Community Choir

    MUSC 302 CRN: 81414

    Rehearsals: Monday evening at 7pm

    The West Virginia Community Choir is a non-auditioned choir open to all members of the university community, including students from all majors, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members. The ensemble performs a diverse selection of music from a variety of time periods, styles, and genres. Performances take place at the Canady Creative Arts Center as well as at local community events. The choir collaborates with other university ensembles and regularly offers opportunities to travel internationally.


    See the world with the WVU Choral Artists

    The WVU Choral Artists allow students, alumni, faculty, and community members to travel to and perform in stunning venues around the world. The choir is a project-based ensemble that rehearses together before embarking on an international tour. In recent years the choir has traveled to Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, The Netherlands, Belgium, France, and Australia.


    Performance Opportunities

    The WVU Choirs regularly collaborate with the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra and the WVU Symphony Orchestra for performances of major works. Student members of all choirs also have the opportunity to sing with Collegiate Honor Choirs and to participate in state and national choral events.


    WVU High School Choral Festival

    The WVU High School Choral Festival brings together choral students from around the region to perform with a high profile guest conductor/composer. Recent guests have included Eric Whitacre, Joshua Habermann, Ola Gjeilo, Jake Runestad, and Andrea Ramsey.

    Jazz and World Music

    The Jazz Area  features ten different ensembles ranging in size from piano trios to big bands. They play a wide variety of styles including Bebop, Latin, Fusion, and Experimental and Avant Garde. The ensembles are open by audition to all WVU students.

    The WVU World Music Ensembles are a dynamic way to be artistically engaged while exploring diverse musical cultures on campus. These ensembles include the WVU African Music and Dance Ensemble, the WVU Steel Band, the WVU Taiko Ensemble, the WVU Gamelan Ensemble, and the WVU Brazilian Ensemble and  the  WVU Bluegrass Band,  West Virginia University’s only ensemble devoted exclusively to the performance of Appalachian music. Performing in both traditional and contemporary bluegrass styles, the students in the WVU Bluegrass Band work to develop strong vocal, instrumental, and band leadership skills. 

    Chamber Ensembles

    A variety of chamber ensembles feature combinations of woodwinds, brass, percussion, and string instruments and include the internationally acclaimed  Percussion Ensemble, the WVU Graduate String Quartet, the WVU Graduate Woodwind Quintet, the WVU Chamber WindsGuitar Ensembles, and the  New Music Ensemble.