Instrumental Ensembles

All of the instrumental ensembles, Orchestra, Symphonic Wind EnsemblePhilharmonia, Jazz, Western African Drumming, and Chamber Music, at F&M are open to students of any major (nearly 95% of the participating students are not music majors).

The goal of the instrumental ensembles is to provide the participating students with once-in-a-lifetime artistic opportunities every semester. The focus of these performing ensembles is to develop an appreciation of the creative endeavor in how it relates to music and musical performance. Rehearsals are designed for students to react and respond to the rest of the ensemble, thus creating an ensemble that is vital and constantly developing new artistic responses. The students are expected to practice and prepare their repertoire for every rehearsal. Students may choose to receive a half credit for participating in two consecutive semesters in a large ensemble.


Repertoire 2022-2023


October 22, 2022  Spectrum

Homecoming/Family Weekend/True Blue Weekend showcase concert featuring the  F&M Orchestra, Symphonic Wind Ensemble, and Chamber Music Society.


November 5, 2022  Symphonic Wind Ensemble

Hazo, Ride

Tull, Final Covenant

Robert Sheldon, Danzas Cubanas

Holst, Second Suite

Julie Giroux, Symphony No 5


November 12, 2022  Orchestra

Galante, Ark of Noah

Linda Robbins Coleman, Celebration Symphonic Jubilee

Sibelius, Karelia Suite

Nielsen, Helios

Respighi, Pines of Rome


February 11, 2023  Super Bowl Cultural Warm-Up


Rachmaninoff, Symphony No 2


March 4, 2022  Philharmonia

Featuring winners of the Solo and Concerto Competition


March 31, 2023  Symphonic Wind Ensemble

Husa, Music for Prague

Grainger, Ye Banks and Braes O Bonnie Doon

Lehman Rhymos-Chròma (Premiere)

Jennifer Jolley, Ash

Whitacre, Cloudburst 

Undertow, Mackey

Maslanka, Morning Star


April 1, 2023  Orchestra

Kenneth Amis, Bell Tone Rings

Beethoven, Leonore Overture III

Emily Liushen, Remove Tough Stains

Brahms, Symphony No 2


April 22, 2023  Movie Music Night

Orchestra and Symphonic Wind Ensemble   

Favorites of music from the silver screen as well as video games. Repertoire to be announced.                                                                                                                                               

Choral Ensembles

The choral groups provide exciting opportunities for students to experience the potential power that music can have in their lives. Directed by Professor William Wright, both the College Chorus and the Chamber Singers explore a wide range of repertoire in an enjoyable yet hard-working atmosphere of teamwork and cooperation. One-half of a course credit can be earned by participating in either group for any two consecutive semesters, and is awarded at the end of the second semester of participation. It is also possible to participate without course credit.


Choral Concerts 2022-2023 in Barshinger Center for Musical Arts

Saturday, October 21, 2022 at 8:00 pm 

True Blue Weekend Choral Concert

Franklin & Marshall College Chorus and Chamber Singers


Sunday, November 20, 2022 at 3:00 pm

Holiday Choral Concert

Franklin & Marshall College Chorus and Chamber Singers


Sunday, March 5, 2023 at 3:00 pm

Choral Tour Concert

Franklin & Marshall College Chorus and Chamber Singers


Sunday, April 23, 2023 at 3:00 pm

Spring Choral Concert

Franklin & Marshall College Chorus and Chamber Singers



Prospective Students

Students who are considering applying to F&M need not audition before they become enrolled students. Instead, so that the music department can become an advocate of the prospective student, it is suggested that you send a tape of your playing, presenting a solo or etude that you feel comfortable with. This should be sent during the application time period and mailed to Brian Norcross, instrumental conductor.