Your extensive music-making opportunities at Alderson Broaddus University will be one of the highlights of your collegiate experience — for music majors and non-majors alike. You will participate in outstanding ensembles and find yourself busy touring in other states (and sometimes in other countries!) Attendance at many recitals and concerts ensures that you hear great performances live.
To schedule an Alderson Broaddus University Music Ensemble for a performance, please call the Coordinator of Music Scheduling at the School of Music Office (304) 457-6200.
- Brass Choir
- Symphonic Band
- University Chorale
- Jazz Ensemble
- AB Battler Band
- The West Virginians
- Other Ensembles
The Alderson Broaddus University Brass Choir is a twenty-member ensemble which tours the Eastern United States, presenting concerts and ceremonial music for church services and civic events, as well as educational programs for school students. The brass ensemble and its sub-groups including the Brass Quintet, Trombone Quartet, and Trumpet Ensemble have in recent years appeared at the Washington National Cathedral, at the National Trumpet Competition as semi-finalists in several divisions, as an honor group for state and regional conventions of the Music Educators National Conference, and as a featured ensemble of the Garrett Lakes Arts Festival of Maryland. They have toured internationally to Canada, Austria, Hungary, and the Czech Republic and have to their credit a CD entitled “Reflections in Brass” which features the music of Gabrieli, Strauss, Ewald, Ives, Ewazen, and Sousa.
Current and former members of the ensemble have been named finalists and winners in state, regional, and national competitions of the Music Teachers National Association, the Yamaha Young Performing Artists competition, the Kingsville (Texas) International Competitions, the Shenandoah Music Festival Concerto Competitions, and in the WAMSO (Minnesota Orchestra Concerto Competitions), and the National Trumpet Competition during their study at ABU. Graduates have gone on to distinguish themselves in teaching and performance careers, and have performed with such prestigious ensembles as the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the River City Brass Band, the Miami Symphony Orchestra, the United States Navy Atlantic Fleet Bands, the United States Air Force Band of Liberty (Boston), and the United States Marine Bands. Alumni of the Brass Choir have been offered full assistantships to pursue graduate study in performance at schools including the University of Michigan, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, the University of Miami, Duquesne University, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, the University of Southern Alabama, and Ohio University.
The ABU Brass Choir host an annual “Brass in the Grass” festival each spring on the ABU campus which attracts brass players from the entire region for a weekend of rehearsals and concerts.
The Symphonic Band performs standard works from the literature for symphonic wind ensemble. Membership is open to students of all majors by audition at the beginning of the academic year or at other arranged times.
The University Chorale performs each year in churches, schools, and conferences throughout West Virginia. The choir has traveled extensively throughout most of the eastern United States and Canada. They have had European tours to Sweden, Belgium, France, England, Switzerland, Austria and Italy. Students audition for membership and are selected based on their skills and the needs of the ensemble.
The University Chorale’s academic mission is to perform exhilarating “classical” choral music from the last five centuries, from many nations, and in a variety of languages. The choir is under the direction of Assistant Professor Mr. Lewis R. Hall.
The jazz ensemble excels as a big band for all musical styles. They perform a variety of jazz music including styles of swing, latin, funk, and bebop. The ensemble can be heard regularly on the AB campus as well as at public schools and festivals throughout West Virginia and the region. An educational focus is placed on preparing members to lead jazz ensembles in the public schools.
“The West Virginians” are one of the premier touring ensembles of the music department, serving as ambassadors for Alderson Broaddus University and for the state of West Virginia. This talented and energetic group brings a high quality musical presentation of great variety to churches, civic groups, and high schools across the region.
Each year members are selected based on their talents as musicians, their ability to present the wide variety of musical literature required by this group, their moral character, and their capacity to perform within the mission of the ensemble. The sacred music concerts offered by “The West Virginians” are chosen from nearly every style of worship music, including traditional church anthems, contemporary Christian, praise and worship, gospel, spirituals, etc The group follows the current trend in collegiate singing and presents a fully a cappella program in both the sacred and secular genres. This group also presents a show of a secular entertainment nature. These selections are favorites chosen from popular music, Broadway musicals, vocal jazz, patriotic music, etc., and often include a novelty piece or beloved “oldie”. The wide variety of musical offerings presented can almost ensure something for everyone.
Founded in 1977, this group has consistently been designated “Official Ambassadors for the state of West Virginia” by the Governor, and has had occasion to travel outside of the United States to countries including Canada, Puerto Rico, India, and Thailand. “The West Virginians” regularly produce recordings, and have had the opportunity to do televised performances. “The West Virginians” are directed by Assistant Professor of Music Mr. Lewis R. Hall. Booking the group is available by calling the music office at (304) 457-6200.
Handbell Choir – The Alderson Broaddus University/Community Handbell Choir is open to qualified students, faculty, staff, and community members. Ringers use the college’s five-octave set of Schulmerich handbells and two-octave set of tone chimes. Under the direction of Lillian F. Long, the Handbell Choir plays for chapel services, concerts, and Christmas Festival, and is available for off-campus tours.
Opera Workshop – The Alderson Broaddus University Opera Workshop provides singers the opportunity to perform scenes from operas and operettas ranging from the Baroque period through contemporary American operas. Staged and directed by Lillian F. Long, associate professor of voice, the Opera Workshop productions are open to all singers but chosen specifically to guarantee that all junior and senior voice majors have lead roles, an opportunity usually reserved at other schools for only the most advanced singers. The semester’s work culminates in the popular “Opera Highlights: An Evening of Opera Scenes,” held on campus biennially.
Scenes from more than 35 different operas have been presented since the Opera Workshop began in 1986. Productions in recent years have included Down In The Valley, The Medium, Così fan tutte, Aida, and Little Women. Several Alderson Broaddus University Opera Workshop singers have gone on to successfully pursue opera in graduate school and at the professional level.
Quartets (Men’s & Women’s)
Woodwind Chamber Ensembles – The AB Woodwind Chamber Ensembles are comprised of musicians who desire chamber music experience in addition to their participation in large ensembles. Different configurations of the ensemble are created depending on enrollment, but current and possible future ensembles include: saxophone quartet, clarinet quartet, flute duo, woodwind quintet, clarinet choir, and flute choir.