Hundreds of students from dozens of academic disciplines participate in a wide array of music ensembles. Auditions are required for all ensembles.
The Bucknell University Choir is Bucknell's select treble (SSAA) vocal ensemble, comprising 16 to 24 members, open to all members of the Bucknell community, and representing nearly every major field of study at Bucknell. With an emphasis on contemporary repertoire, the University Choir performs a diverse repertoire drawn from the last seven centuries, presenting concerts of a cappella and accompanied works each academic semester at venues across the Bucknell campus and beyond. Performance opportunities include Candlelight Christmas at Rooke Chapel, the Bach @ Bucknell Festival at the Weis Center, and bi-annual domestic and international tours.
The Bucknell Camerata is Bucknell's select mixed (SATB) vocal ensemble, comprised of 16 to 32 voices, open to all members of the Bucknell community, and representing nearly every major field of study at Bucknell. The ensemble specializes in the performance of early and contemporary repertoires, including world premieres of new music, Baroque masterworks with orchestra, and frequent collaboration with professional artists. Performance opportunities include Candlelight Christmas at Rooke Chapel, the Bach @ Bucknell Festival at the Weis Center, and bi-annual domestic and international tours.
The Bucknell Opera Theatre program offers a variety of training in opera and musical theatre genres with opportunities to perform and direct. Under the direction of Professor Emily Martin, the Opera Theatre performs works by composers such as Mozart, Sondheim, Barber, Bernstein, Rodgers & Hammerstein, and Purcell.
With repertoire ranging from the great orchestral classics to Broadway and film music, the Bucknell Orchestra is recognized throughout the region for its diverse, imaginative programs and quality performances.
The Bucknell University Rooke Chapel Ringers Handbell Choir consists of 14-18 members who are selected by audition and who represent diverse major fields of study, including the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, business administration, education and engineering. The Ringers are one of the oldest and most prestigious collegiate handbell ensembles in the United States. As their name implies, the group performs several times per year in Bucknell chapel services. In addition, they perform concerts in local venues and churches, tour annually to the hometowns of the group’s senior members, and appear at regional and national handbell festivals. They are perhaps best-known for their role as a featured ensemble in Bucknell’s own Christmas Candlelight Services every year in December.
The Symphonic Band comprises students from majors all across campus. Performing at least twice per semester, programs are selected from some of the most challenging and rewarding music of the entire band repertoire. Recent programs have included music by such composers as Holst, Grainger, Reed, Copland, Shostakovich and Whitacre.