Music Ensembles for Non-Majors & Majors

Throughout middle school and high school, many students choose to be involved in music. Whether they learn an instrument in band or orchestra or train their voices in a choir, students who participate in a music program reap the benefits of broadening their knowledge base and learning teamwork and leadership skills.

Despite its benefits, students who are not pursuing a degree in music often stop performing in a group once they reach college; however, the SEU Department of Music, within the College of Arts & Media, offers exciting opportunities for students who wish to continue using their musical gifts.

Open to All

“We know how much performing with a group positively impacts students and our community,” said Dr. William Lake, Director of Bands and the Symphony Orchestra at SEU. “That’s why we’ve created multiple opportunities for our students to continue playing their instruments in our ensembles, whether they are majoring in music or not.”

The following ensembles are open to all SEU students after a brief audition for seating purposes.

Instrumental Music Ensembles

Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra & Athletic Pep Band

Conductor: Dr. William L. Lake, Jr.

String Orchestra

Conductor: Professor Ronald Gardiner

Jazz Ensemble

Conductor: Dr. Mark A. Belfast, Jr.

Percussion Ensemble & Fireline (drumline) 

Conductor: Professor Brian Blume

Vocal Music Ensembles

Women’s Choir, Chamber Singers & Jazz Vocal Ensemble

Conductor: Dr. Daniel Gordon

How it Works

Students may enroll in the corresponding ensembles for elective credit, or they may opt to audit the class (i.e., they enroll but do not earn course credit, and therefore do not pay tuition for the course). Either way, these students are eligible to audition for a music scholarship.

“It’s really a win-win for everyone involved,” said Dr. Mark Belfast, Assistant  Dean of the College of Arts & Media and conductor of the Jazz Ensemble. “Students love the camaraderie of the ensembles; their parents love that their sons and daughters are continuing to play the instruments they’ve invested so much time in, and our community loves hearing these talented musicians perform.”

Interested students are invited to contact the conductors of their ensemble of interest to learn more.