Music Performance Ensembles

The Orchestra, Chorus, and Jazz Ensemble are Goucher's large ensembles. Other groups include the Goucher Chamber Music Group, Chamber Singers, Opera and Musical Theatre Workshop, and the African Drum and Dance Ensemble. An audition or permission of the instructor is required to participate. Audition times are announced at the beginning of each semester. Course credit may be earned at the rate of 1.0 credit hours per semester per group. Ensemble participation can be taken for credit or as an audit. Students enrolled in an ensemble can receive a discount on a voice or instrument lesson. See Kitty Gratz in the Music Office for more information.

African Drum & Dance

Practical performance of selected percussive instruments from West Africa (Ghana, in particular), and the interpretation of the rhythms through body movement and gestures; explores the historical and cultural contexts of specific West African music and dance forms relative to the African diaspora. Students will be required to know the basic techniques of West African traditional music and dance expressions. Repeatable.

Chamber Music Seminar

Performance of chamber music repertoire. Course structure includes master classes, individual coaching sessions, and formal concerts. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor. May be repeated for credit. Fall semester, repeated spring semester.

Chamber Music Seminar Concert
Monday, May 1, 8:00 p.m., Merrick Lecture Hall
Students from Goucher's Chamber Music Seminar present their spring concert under the direction of Professor Lisa Weiss featuring several challenging works for small instrumental ensembles.

For more information, contact Lisa Weiss.


At Goucher College, being in the choir is about a lot more than singing. The Goucher choral program includes students from every corner of campus, ranging from biology and peace studies majors to music majors and minors. There is a place for anyone who wants to sing at Goucher.

For more information on Goucher choirs, their repertoire, their performance schedule, and their director follow the link below.

Goucher choirs

Jazz Ensemble

Goucher Jazz Ensemble, MUS 159, (1.5)
Group performance designed to provide experience in reading charts and improvising in multiple jazz styles. By audition or permission of the instructor. May be repeated for credit. Fall semester, repeated spring semester.

Spring Jazz Ensemble Concert
Wednesday, May 3, 8:00 p.m., Merrick Lecture Hall
The Goucher Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Jeffrey Chappell, will perform a program of standard jazz repertoire and original compositions.

For more information contact:
Jeffrey Chappell

Opera & Musical Theatre Workshop

Opera and Musical Theatre Workshop, MUS 147.001 (1.5 Cr.)
Performance of works for the stage from the operatic and musical theatre repertoires. Attention both to solo and ensemble singing. Includes both class and coaching. Course concludes with a staged public performance. As needed, sections for opera and musical theater may be offered; students may take one, the other, or both. Prerequisite: audition or permission of the instructors. May be repeated for credit.

Opera and Musical Theatre Workshop Spring Performance
Tuesday, April 18, and Wednesday, April 19, 8:00 p.m., Merrick Lecture Hall
Opera and Musical Theatre presents Puccini's one-act opera, Suor Angelica. The opera will be performed in Italian with English supertitles, and will be stage directed by Jennifer Blades with musical direction by Lisa Weiss. The story is one of loss and repentance, and is the middle opera of Puccini's Il trittico (The Tripych). Senior Charlotte Khuner will perform the role of Suor Angelica.

For more information contact:
Lisa Weiss,
Jennifer Blades,


Goucher College Orchestra (MUS 141)

The Goucher College Orchestra (GCO) is the student orchestra of Goucher College. Membership is open to Goucher students by audition for credit (1.0) or audit. Goucher faculty and staff may also participate, and should contact Dr. McDavitt to indicate an interest in participating. Additional musicians are contracted for dress rehearsals and performances depending on student enrollment and repertoire requirements. GCO performs in the college's Kraushaar Auditorium (one of Baltimore's premier concert venues) in the spring and in the warm acoustic of Goucher's Haebler Memorial Chapel in the fall.

IMPORTANT: While the orchestra is changing leadership in 2019-2020, the ensemble will be on hiatus during Fall 2019. Direct any questions to

The orchestra rehearses in Merrick Lecture Hall in Kraushaar Auditorium, and the rehearsal time for Spring 2020 will be announced in early Fall 2019. Goucher students and faculty often appear as soloists and guest conductors in concert. The orchestra performs major literature from the standard repertoire as well as works by advanced Goucher student composers, and appears frequently with the Goucher College Choirs. Beginning in 2019-2020, the orchestra is conducted by Daniel McDavitt and is staffed by a student manager who helps with stage management and librarian duties.

The Goucher College Orchestra