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At William Paterson University, students have the opportunity to join an array of dynamic music ensembles tailored to their interests and skills. These ensembles span across various genres, providing a rich and diverse musical experience. Whether students are passionate about jazz, classical, pop, or world music, there's a group for everyone. These ensembles offer a platform for students to hone their talents, collaborate with peers, and showcase their creativity on stage. William Paterson University's music program fosters a vibrant community where students can explore their musical passions and expand their horizons.

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  • Jazz
  • Jazz Orchestra
  • The WP Jazz Orchestra is an 18-member big band that performs a wide variety of music from composers from the 1930s to today. The ensemble has existed since 1965, and performs with a well known guest soloist each semester; these concerts also feature premiere performances of arrangements from our graduate student arrangers.

  • Jazz Combos
  • The internationally-acclaimed WP jazz combos feature classic and new music for small jazz groups.

  • Latin Jazz Ensemble
  • The WP Latin Jazz Ensemble is a group dedicated to the performance of music from the Latin Jazz tradition. The group varies in size from ten to sixteen members, and performs each spring with a major Latin jazz guest soloist, performing their music.

  • Jazz Vocal Workshop
  • The WP Jazz Vocal Workshop is an auditioned group of 10-15 singers and instrumentalists rehearsing twice per week and focusing on standards & cutting-edge arrangements.

  • Classical
  • Concert Choir
  • The WP Concert Choir is a mixed-voice choir of 60-80 students and faculty members that rehearses twice weekly, and performs multi-movement choral works with instruments.

  • Chamber Choir
  • The WP Chamber Choir is an auditioned mixed-voice ensemble that rehearses three times per week and focuses largely on a cappella works calling for tight ensemble precision.

  • Voxtet
  • Voxtet is a select vocal ensemble that performs advanced repertoire and numerous concerts throughout the year.

  • WP Opera
  • The WP Opera ensemble offers exposure to operatic literature, acting training, and participation in a performances of opera scenes and a fully staged opera each year.

  • Musical Theatre Ensemble
  • The WP Musical Theatre Ensemble involves participation in fully staged musicals and reviews in a variety of performance spaces. We offer both student-led and faculty-directed shows.

  • Prep Band
  • The Prep Band is an open-call concert band designed to serve music majors and non-majors, with opportunities for music majors to play secondary instruments and conduct. The Prep Band explores a variety of repertoire and styles.

  • Chamber Wind Ensemble
  • The Chamber Wind Ensemble is an advanced wind ensemble, available to students from any major by audition. The group features experienced woodwind, brass and percussion players, with spots for a pianist and a bassist. The group performs standard and contemporary repertoire.

  • Athletic Bands
  • WP Athletic Bands is open to music majors and non majors. The group performs at football and basketball games and at various public functions on and off campus.

  • Orchestra
  • The WP Symphony Orchestra performs classic works from the orchestral repertoire.

  • New Music Ensemble
  • WP's acclaimed New Music Ensemble explores new contemporary music, including that of WP students and faculty.

  • Chamber Ensembles (various)
  • WP's chamber ensembles include flute ensemble , percussion ensemble , saxophone and brass ensembles, and many mixed chamber ensembles.

  • Pop
  • Pop Vocal Ensemble
  • The WP Pop Vocal Ensemble is a highly select commercial vocal ensemble that performs a wide variety of musical styles.

  • Pop Bands
  • WP's pop bands cover a wide range of styles, including singer-songwriter , funk, rock, punk, metal, and much more.

  • Electronic Music Ensemble
  • WP's Electronic Music Ensemble features laptops, MIDI, and other digital/audio instruments.

  • World
  • Global Music Ensemble
  • The WP Global Music Ensemble explores music from various traditions around the globe, including West Africa, Peru, India, and more. Master teachers from these cultures direct the ensemble.