Performance Ensembles

The department ensemble offerings provide frequent opportunities for students to rehearse and perform in vocal and instrumental ensembles, covering a wide spectrum of musical styles. All students (majors and non-majors) are welcome to join. 


Balinese Gamelan
Balinese Gamelan

This Indonesian percussion orchestra is the performance ensemble of Music 231/232: Music of Bali.

Chamber Music Program
Chamber Music

Small instrumental student ensembles (such as duets, trios and quartets) get coached by the department’s artists-in-residence and other performance faculty members and perform throughout the semester.

chamber singers
Chamber Singers

A select choral ensemble of approximately 16 musicians from the College Choir who display the highest level of musical excellence.

students singing in the chapel choir
Chapel Choir

The Chapel Choir sings a diverse range of liturgical music — both traditional and contemporary — to lead worship at the 7 p.m. Sunday Mass in Mary Chapel, the College’s largest weekly worship service.

college choir
College Choir

The College Choir is a large mixed ensemble open to all students, which develops a love for choral music and singing among the members and shares that passion with audiences.

students playing the violin
College Orchestra

The Holy Cross College Orchestra gives both majors and non-majors the opportunity to come together and play orchestra masterworks, ranging from the Baroque era to pieces written in the modern day.

wind ensemble
Wind Ensemble

The Holy Cross Wind Ensemble provides woodwind, brass, and percussion musicians the opportunity to perform both standard and contemporary wind band literature and engage in meaningful musical experiences.

students playing in hclef

H-CLEF (Holy Cross Laptop Ensemble Federation) is the performing ensemble of Music 290: Coding Music. Designed as an experiential, hands-on learning environment, Coding Music welcomes all majors interested in sound synthesis, DIY instrument design, and collaborative performance of live electronic music.

students playing in Jazz Ensemble
Jazz Ensemble

A large instrumental jazz band that includes saxophones, trumpets, trombones, and a jazz rhythm section (keyboard, guitar, bass and drums).


students singing in a capella group
Student-Led Group

Holy Cross has four active a cappella groups on campus, a jazz combo and a songwriters' guild.