Ensembles and Performance Opportunities

  • Choral Society: The Choral society is made up of the 65-voice Glee Club, Madrigal Singers, and Concert Choir. Each group performs repertoire from the medieval canon to present-day works by Amherst Facutly members.
    • Concert Choir: Approximately 30 musicians who perform a wide variety of SATB choral works ranging from medieval madrigals to modern music. This is a select chamber choir from within the Glee Club.
    • Glee Club: The Glee Club is the oldest musical group at Amherst and the fifth oldest collegiate choral ensemble in America. Amherst is known as "The Singing College" for its long and varied musical history. 
    • Madrigal Singers: The Madrigal Singers are a 10-15 member student-directed ensemble specializing in medieval and renaissance repertoire. 
  • Jazz Ensemble and Combos: Amherst College supports a jazz ensemble, several jazz combos, and private instruction for all jazz musicians.  
  • Symphony Orchestra: The Amherst Symphony Orchestra consists of about 60 Amherst College students as well as up to 10 musicians from the other schools of the Five College Consortium.

Ensemble Directors

Arianne G. Abela

Arianne G. Abela

Director of the Choral Music Program and Lecturer in Music

Arms Music Center
Bruce P. Diehl

Bruce P. Diehl

Senior Lecturer in Music and Director of Jazz Performance

Mark L. Swanson

Mark L. Swanson

Senior Lecturer in Music and Director of Instrumental Music

In Rehearsal: The Amherst College Concert Choir with the Kaleidoscope Vocal Ensemble

September 27, 2019

On the eve of the Kaleidoscope Vocal Ensemble’s Sept. 19, 2019, debut performance at Amherst College, the octet rehearses the final movement of Musikalische Exequien by Heinrich Schütz (1585-1672) with the Amherst College Concert Choir. Directed by Arianne Abela.