Participating in an ensemble at NC State is a way to continue your musical development and build lasting friendships and memories—all while earning academic credit.

More than 550 musicians representing a range of academic majors participate in vocal and instrumental performance ensembles each year. Typically, members of the groups make a year-long commitment, and many participate for several years, often in multiple ensembles. Participation will earn you one academic credit each semester, and admission is open by personal audition.

If you have any questions about ensembles, please contact the Music Department at music-info@ncsu.edu or (919) 515-2981.

The Jazz Ensemble I performs in Fall 2015.

“Being a part of the jazz program has consistently been a source of friendships and growth during my time at NC State; it’s a place to decompress and be challenged at the same time.” – Carly A

Choral Ensembles

State Chorale

The State Chorale is the premier choral ensemble at NC State. This 50-voice choir is dedicated to upholding and advancing the art of choral music in the collegiate tradition through the performance of the finest choral literature of all eras. The chorale performs regularly throughout the year, including occasional tours. Most new members of chorale are drawn from the Women’s Choir and the Men’s Choir.

Contact: Dr. Nathan Leaf (nathan_leaf@ncsu.edu, 919-515-8280)


Vox Accalia – The Women’s Choir of NC State

The Women’s Choir performs a wide variety of music specifically composed for women’s voices, with a particular focus on modern compositions and compositions by women composers. Additional emphasis is placed on the development of choral skills.

Contact: Dr. Nathan Leaf (nathan_leaf@ncsu.edu, 919-515-8280)


Singing Statesmen – The Men’s Choir of NC State

The Singing Statesmen of North Carolina Men’s Choir continues to build on the long tradition of men’s choruses singing at NC State. Like its predecessor ensemble, the Varsity Men’s Glee Club, Singing Statesmen performs both traditional and modern four-part men’s harmony in concerts and in less formal settings. Additional emphasis is placed on the development of choral skills.
Contact: Dr. Nathan Leaf (nathan_leaf@ncsu.edu, 919-515-8280)

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Instrumental Ensembles

Marching Band

Active in the fall semester during football season, “The Power Sound of the South” performs at all home and selected away games.
Contact: Dr. Paul Garcia (paul_garcia@ncsu.edu, 919-513-4489)

Varsity Band

Active during the late fall and spring semesters during basketball season, the Varsity Band performs at all home games and accompanies the team to any post-season tournament games.

Contact: Dr. Paul Garcia (paul_garcia@ncsu.edu, 919-513-4489)

Wind Ensemble

This select group performs challenging wind ensemble and traditional concert band repertoire. Tours each spring.

Contact: Dr. Paul Garcia (paul_garcia@ncsu.edu, 919-513-4489)

Jazz Ensembles and Combos

The two Jazz Ensembles are full-sized big bands that perform swing, be-bop and contemporary jazz. You’ll have the opportunity to develop improvisational skills, and combo jazz groups are also available for those interested. Fall and spring.

Contact: Dr. Wes Parker (wes_parker@ncsu.edu, 919-515-8277)


NCSU Pipes and Drums

NC State Pipes and Drums is the Wolf Pack college band made up of community members and NC State students. They have been representing the university in parades and Highland Games throughout the South for 45 years. The Grade IV band, based in Raleigh, welcomes new members anytime. Interested students and current players should contact director Darrell Thompson through the band website, https://pipesanddrums.arts.ncsu.edu/ or contact the Music Department to register for the bagpipe class, MUS152.

Contact: pipesanddrums@ncsu.edu, 919-515-2981

Raleigh Civic Symphony

The 80-piece Raleigh Civic Symphony is a student and community group that performs a standard and contemporary orchestral repertoire.

Contact: Dr. Peter Askim (paaskim@ncsu.edu, 919-515-8279)

Raleigh Civic Chamber Orchestra

The 30-piece Raleigh Civic Chamber Orchestra includes both students and community members and performs repertoire across the entire common practice period.
Contact: Dr. Peter Askim (paaskim@ncsu.edu, 919-515-8279)

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Affiliated Student Groups

Ladies in Red

Ladies in Red is NC State’s Music Department-sponsored female a cappella group. The Ladies are committed to continuously achieving high standards of performance, and bring excitement to stages both on and off campus. With members drawn from NC State choral ensembles and with their own student leadership, the group creates a dynamic range of styles and energy.

Contact: ncsuladies@gmail.com, www.ladiesinredncsu.com

Grains of Time

Grains of Time is NC State’s Music Department-sponsored male a cappella group. The Grains have been part of NC State’s campus life for more than four decades and have a loyal following on campus and throughout the state. With members drawn from NC State choral ensembles and with their own student leadership, they create a performance style that lends itself to both excellent musicianship and showmanship.

Contact: ncstategrains@gmail.com, www.grainsoftime.com

Wolfgang A Cappella

Wolfgang is a student run, co-ed a cappella group at North Carolina State University. They are a group of motivated and inspired individuals that have a collective love for music. They are constantly performing, competing and creating new music from varied genres and artists.

Contact: ncsu.wolfgang@gmail.com, www.ncsuwolfgang.com


Acappology is North Carolina State University’s original co-ed a cappella group, founded in 1994. Members have come to NC State from around the country to study a variety of majors, but each member joined the group in order to embrace a mutual love for music.

Contact: acappology@gmail.comwww.acappology.com

For general information about NCSU A Cappella, please email ncsuacappella@gmail.com.