Music Performance Ensembles

Goucher's music ensembles provide variety of experiences in vocal and instrumental ensembles. Vocal performance opportunities include the Goucher Opera and Musical Theatre Workshop, which presents staged opera and musical theatre scenes and full-length works, as well as the Goucher Choral Society and Chamber Singers, which perform multiple times a year, host a yearly choral festival, collaborate with many regional ensembles, and have performed at Carnegie Hall. Instrumental performance opportunities include the Goucher Jazz Ensemble, which performs concerts twice a year, and the Goucher College Orchestra, which performs its own programs, and joins in collaboration with other ensembles.

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 voice or instrument lesson for a discounted rate of $200. See Sara Thomson in the Music Office (Hoffberger G10F) for more information.

African Drum & Dance

Goucher African Drum and Dance Ensemble, MUS 146/DAN 146, 1.0 credit

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.


Goucher Choral Society, MUS 140, 1.0 credit
Chamber Singers, MUS 143, 1.0 credit

The Goucher College Choirs include students from every corner of campus, ranging from biology and peace studies majors to music majors and minors. The Goucher Choral Society (MUS 140) focuses on major choral repertoire, often performed in collaboration with other choral ensembles and the college orchestra. The Chamber Singers (MUS 143) focuses on more advance repertoire form the Renaissance and Baroque to contemporary works for smaller ensembles. 

Goucher Choirs for Fall 2021

The Goucher Choirs will proceed with rehearsals with several safety measures in place. Students can sign up for an audition at  

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

Goucher College Choirs

Jazz Ensemble

Goucher Jazz Ensemble, MUS 149, 1.0 credit

Group performance designed to provide experience in reading charts and improvising in multiple jazz styles. 

Jazz Ensemble for Fall 2020

The Goucher Jazz Ensemble will be on hiatus for fall semester 2020. Auditions will be available for spring 2021.

For more information contact:
Kendall Kennison

Opera & Musical Theatre Workshop

Opera and Musical Theatre Workshop, MUS 147, 1.0 credit

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 for Fall 2020

Students will he asked to audition for roles (production tba) in the first week of class. They should prepare any MT song, bring sheet music in a binder in their key, and perform from memory. Everyone in the class will be cast in either a named or ensemble role depending on the show and number of students. 

For more information contact:
Jennifer Blades,
Andrew Stewart,


Goucher College Orchestra MUS 141, 1.0 credit

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.

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. The orchestra is staffed by a student manager who helps with stage management and librarian duties.

Goucher College Orchestra Rehearsal Information

The Goucher College Orchestra meets for the last 7 weeks of each semester. The first rehearsal of fall semester will be Monday, October 18. Students can sign up for an audition at

For more information contact:
Daniel McDavitt

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Goucher College Orchestra