Performance Ensembles

Find your Pack in the music department.

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 wide range of academic majors participate in vocal and instrumental performance ensembles each year. Many students choose to perform in their ensemble for several years, some in multiple ensembles. Enrollment will earn you one academic credit each semester, and admission is open by audition.

If you have questions about ensembles, auditions or anything else, please contact the Department of Music at or 919-515-2981. We’d love to talk with you about your music interests!

Choral Ensembles

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 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 has a rich tradition and performs regularly throughout the year, including tours every two to three years. Members of State Chorale typically have significant prior vocal experience and strong music reading skills.

Contact Dr. Nathan Leaf with questions at or 919.515.8280

University Singers

MUS 114, section 002 meets Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:00-4:15 p.m.

University Singers is a brand new soprano, alto, tenor and bass (SATB) choir starting in the fall semester of 2021. University Singers performs a wide variety of repertoire for SATB choir, with a particular focus on modern compositions. Additional emphasis is also placed on the development of choral skills. All singers are welcome, and most singers who are new to NC State first sing in University Singers.

SPECIAL NOTE: For the fall 2021 semester, University Singers will use MUS 114, section 002 as the course number. That course is titled Chamber Singers.

Contact Dr. Nathan Leaf with questions at or 919.515.8280

Chamber Singers

MUS 114, section 001 meets Mondays from 3:00-5:00 p.m.

Chamber Singers is a brand new ensemble in the fall of 2021. With members drawn from State Chorale and University Singers, members of Chamber Singers will perform chamber vocal music, in small groups ranging from 4-16 voices, typically with one or two singers on each part.

Contact Dr. Nathan Leaf with questions at or 919.515.8280

See choir audition information

Instrumental Ensembles

Jazz Ensembles and Combos

JAZZ LAB BAND—MUS 142 meets Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:30-6:00 p.m.

JAZZ ORCHESTRA—MUS 144 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 with questions at or 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 300 members, the marching band is a beloved part of the NC State experience.

Contact Dr. Paul Garcia with questions at or 919.513.4489

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. Both the Chamber Orchestra and Symphony perform world premiere orchestral works on every concert.

Contact Dr. Peter Askim with questions at or 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. Both the Chamber Orchestra and Symphony perform world premiere orchestra works on every concert.

Contact Dr. Peter Askim with questions at or 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 with questions at or 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 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 with questions at or 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 with questions at or 919.513.4489

See instrumental ensemble auditions

Affiliated Performing Student Organizations


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.


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.


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 50 years 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.



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.


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.


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.


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.


For general information about NC State a cappella groups, please email

Contact the individual student-run performing groups for more details regarding audition dates and requirements.