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Music Overview

Musicians have a wide array of options to showcase their musical talents in one of our five choral groups, two large bands, a jazz orchestra, a symphony orchestra, and wide range of smaller instrumental groups working in every musical style. Students from any program on the Drexel campus can earn minors in Theatre, Dance, or Music; including specialized minors available in Music Performance, Music Theory and Composition, and Jazz and African-American Music.

Choral Ensembles

Drexel has five choral ensembles sponsored by the Department of Performing Arts: All-College Choir, Chamber Singers, Gospel Choir, Naturally Sharp (Vocal Jazz Ensemble), the University Chorus.

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Chamber Music

Chamber Music is a class offered for piano, strings, winds and brass, for students interested in playing in small instrumental ensembles.  The instructors match students of comparable levels to create instrumental combinations that meet once a week for rehearsal and coaching.

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Concert Band

The Drexel Concert Band comprises over 70 musicians from across the university, and is the premier concert band ensemble within the Department of Performing Arts.

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Fusion Band

The Fusion Band is an advanced performance ensemble exploring a variety of musical styles and genres including Funk, Reggae, Salsa, Samba, Afro-Cuban, and World Music.

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Jazz Orchestra

The Instrumental Jazz Ensembles consist of three groups: the Jazz Orchestra, the Jazztet, and the Saxtet. Acceptance is by audition only.

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Mediterranean Ensemble

The Drexel University Mediterranean Ensemble is open to any student with an interest in performing music from Southern Europe, the Middle East, and Northern Africa.

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Pep Band

The Drexel Pep Band performs at home Drexel Men's and Women's Basketball games, travels to post-season tournament games, and are an integral part of the team Spirit.

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Percussion Ensemble

The Drexel Percussion Ensemble bring together the ethnic with the orchestral, and the ancient with the modern in percussion instrument applications.

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Rock Ensemble

Students have the opportunity to gain experience rehearsing, arranging, organizing, recording, and ultimately performing songs in the rock/pop/contemporary genres.

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University Orchestra

The Drexel University Orchestra is a full symphony orchestra comprised of strings, woodwinds, brass and percussion and perform a concert at the end of each quarter.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get involved in Theater, Music or Dance at Drexel?

There are many opportunities to get involved in the performing arts at Drexel. We offer opportunities in dance, music, and theater, but also production, technical, and administrative opportunities as well. Visit the Contact Directory for more information on specific ensembles or email Your inquiry will be directed to the appropriate ensemble director or you can visit the Performing Arts Office which is located in MacAlister Hall, suite 2018. Our office staff will be happy to direct you to the appropriate director.

Do I have to be a student in the Westphal College to participate in any of the performing arts ensembles?

No! The Drexel Performing Arts Ensembles are open to all Drexel University students regardless of college or major. There is a mix of audition and non-audition based ensembles. Specific details can be found under each discipline.

Do you offer Performance Scholarships?

Yes, many of the ensembles offer performance scholarships which are available to full-time students from any college or major, not just Performing Arts. Many auditions are held during Accepted Students Days. To find out more about our performance ensembles and how to schedule an audition, please visit Performance Scholarships or contact the corresponding ensemble director as listed in the Contact Directory.

Do you rent instruments?

No. Drexel does not have an instrument rental program.

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