Continue your musical development and build lasting friendships and memories—all while earning academic credit—by joining one of the Department of Music’s ensembles which are open to all students at NC State, regardless of major.

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 Department of Music at music-info@ncsu.edu or (919) 515-2981. Learn more about our current ensemble offerings, including student-run ensembles, below.

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

Singing Statesmen – Tenor-Bass Choir

MUS 112 meets Mondays, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
The Singing Statesmen tenor-bass choir builds on the long tradition of its predecessor ensemble, the Varsity Men’s Glee Club, founded in 1906. Singing Statesmen performs both traditional and modern four-part tenor and bass 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)

Vox Accalia – Soprano-Alto Choir

MUS 113 meets Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:00-4:15 p.m.
Vox Accalia performs a wide variety of music specifically composed for soprano and alto voices, with a particular focus on modern compositions and compositions by female composers. Additional emphasis is placed on the development of choral skills.

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

State Chorale

MUS 115 meets Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:30-6:00 p.m.
The State Chorale is the premier choral ensemble at NC State. This 60-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 State Chorale are drawn from Vox Accalia or the Singing Statesmen.

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

See choral ensemble auditions »

Instrumental Ensembles

Jazz Ensembles and Combos

MUS 142—NC STATE JAZZ LAB BAND—meets Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:30-6:00 p.m.
MUS 144—NC STATE JAZZ ORCHESTRA—meets Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
JAZZ COMBOS (MUS 141 or 143) meet at times TBD based on student-musician availability

The two jazz ensembles—Jazz Orchestra and Jazz Lab Band—are full-sized big bands that perform swing, be-bop and contemporary jazz, providing the opportunity to develop improvisational skills. Small combo jazz groups are also available for those interested at a variety of experience levels.

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

Marching Band

MUS 131 meets Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 3:35-5:25 p.m. in the fall semester only
Active in the fall semester during football season, the Power Sound of the South performs at all home and selected away games, as well as other campus events, parades and occasional tours. With more than 350 members, the marching band is a beloved part of the NC State experience.

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

NCSU Pipes and Drums

MUS 152—BEGINNING BAGPIPING—meets Thursdays, 7:30-9:20 p.m.
NC State Pipes and Drums is made up of community members and NC State students. They have been representing the university in parades and Highland Games throughout the South for more than 45 years. The Grade IV band, based in Raleigh, welcomes new members anytime. Interested students and current players should contact director Darrell Thompson or contact the music department to register for the bagpipe class, MUS 152.

Contact: Darrell Thompson (pipesanddrums@ncsu.edu, 919-515-2981)

Raleigh Civic Chamber Orchestra

MUS 122 meets Wednesdays, 7:10-9:55 p.m.
The 30-piece Raleigh Civic Chamber Orchestra includes both students and community members and explores repertoire for a smaller orchestral force. The Chamber Orchestra has the same high artistic standards as the Symphony, performs two programs yearly and uses professional leaders as coaches for the ensemble. For the last five years, both the Chamber Orchestra and the Symphony have performed a world premiere orchestral work on every concert.

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

Raleigh Civic Symphony

MUS 121 meets Mondays, 7:10-9:55 p.m.
The 75-piece Raleigh Civic Symphony is a full symphony orchestra of student and community musicians that performs a standard and contemporary orchestral repertoire in two concerts yearly. Area professionals serve as principal strings and section coaches, providing high-level instruction and leadership to community and student players. For the last five years, both the Chamber Orchestra and the Symphony have performed a world premiere orchestral work on every concert.

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

Symphonic Band

FALL: MUS 135 meets Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11:45 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
SPRING: MUS 135 meets Mondays and Wednesdays, 3:30-4:45 p.m.

The 100+ member symphonic band performs traditional and contemporary concert band repertoire for woodwind, brass and percussion instruments. No audition required. Students who have played their instrument for longer than one year are encouraged to register.

Contact: Mr. Chris Branam (csbranam@ncsu.edu, 919-513-3088)

Varsity (Pep) Band

MUS 132 meets Mondays, 5:20-6:30 p.m. in the spring semester only
Active during the late fall and spring semesters during basketball season, the Varsity (Pep) Band performs at all home games for both the men’s and women’s basketball teams, and accompanies the teams to any post-season tournament games. They also perform occasionally for other athletic teams, as well as campus events. The pep band, like the marching band, is an essential part of the NC State experience.

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

Wind Ensemble

MUS 134 meets Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 12:50-1:40 p.m.
This select group of woodwind, brass and percussion student-musicians performs challenging wind ensemble and traditional concert band repertoire. They perform two concerts each semester, as well as occasional tours.

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

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Affiliated Student Groups


Acappology is NC State’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

Chordination A Cappella

Chordination is NC State’s newest co-ed, competitive a cappella group. They aspire to share their musical talents and passions with the Wolfpack community in the hopes of bringing joy to all of their listeners.

Contact: chordinationncsu@gmail.com, www.chordinationacappella.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 five decades and have a loyal following on campus and throughout the state. They create a performance style that lends itself to both excellent musicianship and showmanship.

Contact: ncstategrains@gmail.comwww.grainsoftime.com


Jawaani, a South Asian a cappella group, strives to create a fun yet professional atmosphere for students to come together and immerse themselves in learning and creating fusion music. Throughout the year, they perform in exhibitions and events with the ultimate goal of competing.

Contact: ncsujawaani@ncsu.edu, https://getinvolved.ncsu.edu/organization/jawaaniatncsu

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. The group creates a dynamic range of styles and energy.

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

Uninhibited Praise Gospel Choir

Uninhibited Praise is a student-run choir performing spirituals, African spirituals, anthems, contemporary and African-American gospel music. Through its soulful interpretation of gospel music, Uninhibited Praise moves audiences spiritually and creates community across racial, cultural and economic boundaries.

Contact: uninhibitedpraise.ncsu@gmail.com, https://getinvolved.ncsu.edu/organization/UPGC

Wolfgang A Cappella

Wolfgang is a student-run, co-ed a cappella group at NC State. 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

For general information about NCSU A Cappella please email ncsuacappella@gmail.com. Contact the individual student-run performing groups for more details regarding audition dates and requirements.