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

Singing Statesmen – Tenor/Bass Choir

MUS 112 meets Mondays, 4:30-6:30 pm
The Singing Statesmen tenor/bass choir continues to build 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/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)

State Chorale

MUS 115 meets Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:30-6:00 pm
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)

Vox Accalia – Soprano/Alto Choir

MUS 113 meets Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:00-4:15 pm
Vox Accalia performs a wide variety of music specifically composed for soprano/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)

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Instrumental Ensembles

Jazz Ensembles and Combos

MUS 144 – NC STATE JAZZ ORCHESTRA – meets Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:00-7:30 pm
MUS 142 – NC STATE JAZZ LAB BAND – meets Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:30-6:00 pm
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. Fall and spring.

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

Marching Band

MUS 131 meets Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 3:35-5:25 pm in the fall only
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)

NCSU Pipes and Drums

MUS 152 – BEGINNING BAGPIPING – meets Thursdays, 7:30-9:20 pm
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 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 Chamber Orchestra

MUS 122 meets Wednesdays, 7:10-9:55 pm
The 30-piece Raleigh Civic Chamber Orchestra includes both students and community members and explores repertoire for a smaller orchestral force. The Chamber has the same high artistic standards as the Symphony, performs two programs yearly and uses professional leaders as coaches for the ensemble.

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

Raleigh Civic Symphony

MUS 121 meets Mondays, 7:10-9:55 pm
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.

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

Symphonic Band

MUS 135 meets Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11:45 am – 1:00 pm
This ensemble performs traditional and contemporary concert band repertoire for woodwind, brass and percussion instruments. No audition required.

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

Varsity Band

MUS 132 meets Mondays, 5:20-6:30 pm in the spring semester only
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

MUS 134 meets Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 12:50-1:40 pm
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)

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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

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

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

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.