Whitman Wind Ensemble
The Whitman College Wind Ensemble is a concert organization of 35-50 members performing the entire range of wind ensemble repertoire. The Wind Ensemble performs several times during the school year and the group occasionally tours. This group is open to all students by audition during the first week of classes
Professor Gary Gemberling conducts the Whitman Wind Ensemble.
Open to all students through audition, the Jazz Ensemble performs at least one major concert each semester as well as programs at other functions. Set lists include a balance of traditional and modern big band arrangements, with student compositions frequently premiered. The group usually performs each February at the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival in Moscow, Idaho, and every few years the ensemble travels to the West Coast on a performance tour. Nationally-acclaimed jazz touring artists stop and perform at Whitman in between dates in Seattle or Portland. Some of these have included John Scofield, Joe Lovano, Conrad Herwig, Marcus Roberts, John Stowell, and the PROJECT Trio.
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Dr. Scarborough conducts Whitman Jazz Ensemble.
The Whitman Orchestra is open to all string, wind, and percussion students through audition. It performs works spanning from the baroque period through present day and ranging in instrumentation from pieces for string orchestra to those for a full symphony orchestra. The ensemble performs concerts each semester and often features student soloists. In addition to campus concerts, the orchestra periodically performs tours throughout the region.
Dr. Luongo conducts the Whitman Orchestra.
The 100-voice Whitman College Chorale is open to all Whitman students through audition. The choir performs many exciting pieces in campus concerts each semester. In addition, there is a select chorus, the Whitman College Chamber Singers, which performs several times a year.
Dr. Pietiläinen-Caffrey conducts the Whitman College Chorale and Chamber Singers.
Watch the Chorale perform December 8th here!
Whitman College Opera Workshop
The Whitman College Opera Workshop presents opera scenes each fall and spring in Chism Recital Hall. The singers benefit from intensive staging and coaching with Whitman music faculty members. Any student who is registered for voice lessons is welcome to audition. In addition, the Music Department presents an opera or major musical every year in collaboration with the Theater Department.
Dr. Griffin-Hunter directs the Opera Workshop
Watch the Opera Scenes performance December 6th here!
The Jazz Choir will be an a cappella ensemble focusing on the repertoire of contemporary music from the 1920s to present. Consisting of approximately twenty vocalists, this group will study and perform styles of music including, but not limited to, jazz, pop, swing, R&B, soul, and gospel. This choir is aimed at complementing the current successful offerings of Whitman's vocal department by performing styles of music not currently covered in other ensembles. These styles of music inherently have intersections with sociological, artistic, political, and other movements in their respective eras. With the motive of expanding opportunities for musicians and giving an even broader palette of experiences, the learners can be better prepared for a life, and possibly, a career in music.
Piano and Collaborative Piano Studies
One of the most active areas of study in the music department is in piano. Piano study is available at all stages of development, introductory through performance levels. Regardless of major, Whitman College students are encouraged to study piano. In addition to weekly private lessons, each instructor has a weekly performance class. This gives students the opportunity to perform in front of their colleagues. Recital opportunities are available for students who are interested.
The Collaborative Piano Program also is active at Whitman. Reserved for students studying at Whitman on piano scholarship (available through auditions), this ensemble provides the unique opportunity and experience to collaborate with other colleagues, both instrumentalists and vocalists. Any student wishing to collaborate with additional students may receive work-study money to do so.
Professors David Kim and Jackie Wood head of piano studies. To set up an audition for participation in collaborative piano, email Jackie Wood.
For performance dates of these ensembles, see the Schedule of upcoming events
Whitman Concerto Competition
The Whitman College Department of Music is proud to offer the semi annual Concerto Aria Competition. To perform, a number of students compete on a variety of instruments at a competition in the fall and the winner(s) will perform in the Whitman Orchestra Spring Concert.
Please contact Dr. Luongo for additional questions regarding the competition.
Ensemble Audition Information
If you are interested in any of the Music Department ensembles, please look to the list below to find more information about auditions.