Performing Ensembles

Bluefield College students have the opportunity to participate in nine different performing ensembles. All ensembles are open to both Music and non-Music majors and satisfy the requirements of the Department of Music's scholarships.

Instrumental

Stadium Band

An auditioned instrumental ensemble whose primary purpose is to perform for various Bluefield College athletic events. Directed by Dr. Charles Priest, Assistant Professor of Music.

Concert Band

A non-auditioned ensemble that performs for on-campus and community events. It is open to instrumentalists with high school band or equivalent experience. The Concert Band is directed by Dr. Charles Priest, Assistant Professor of Music.

Jazz Band

An auditioned ensemble that performs jazz literature for on-campus, local, and regional events. The repertoire covers jazz and blues improvisation, as well as standards throughout the history of jazz. Previous experience with jazz is not a requirement. The jazz band is directed by Dr. Andrew Necessary.

Orchestra

An auditioned orchestra that performs works from standard orchestral literature. The ensemble holds a weekly two-hour rehearsal and is directed by Dr. Charles Priest, Assistant Professor of Music.

Vocal

Bluefield Singers

A women’s choir that performs primarily for on-campus concerts, chapel services, and local events. Repertoire includes classical and folk music, hymn arrangements, and spirituals. No audition is required for membership. Directed by Susan Allen, Adjunct Instructor of Music.

Masterworks Chorale

A choir of Bluefield College students, faculty and staff, and community members, performing large-scale classical works and selections from the sacred and secular choral repertoire. Recent concerts have included Vivaldi’s Gloria with the Bluefield College Orchestra, Benjamin Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols, and portions of Handel’s Messiah. The choir rehearses Mondays from 7:00-9:00 PM in Shott Hall. No audition is required for membership. Directed by Dr. Ben Thorburn, Assistant Professor of Music.

Opera Theatre Ensemble

Opera Theatre Ensemble provides singers with the opportunity to perform solos, scenes, and ensembles from operatic literature, while bringing together the skills of singing, acting, and movement. Typically offered in alternate years, the course is open to students and community members by audition. Directed by Dr. Ben Thorburn, Assistant Professor of Music.

Praise Singers

An auditioned vocal group and band performing Contemporary Christian, Praise, and Worship music throughout the region. Praise Singers serves regularly in leading campus worship. Directed by Susan Allen, Adjunct Instructor of Music.

Variations

A select, auditioned chorus of 20-28 members that performs a wide variety of challenging choral literature. Variations tours annually throughout the region, singing at churches, conferences, and public and private schools. Variations has performed in New York at Carnegie Hall and at the Lincoln Center, and has toured internationally in Austria, Italy, and the Czech Republic. Directed by Dr. Ben Thorburn, Assistant Professor of Music.