Choral and instrumental ensembles

Young lady playing violin in the Pan-American EnsembleAs a music major, you'll register for ensemble courses during your time in the program, but ensembles are open to all FLC students, as well. Develop your talent as you advance through your degree, or give yourself the opportunity to practice and perform with other musicians simply for the love of it.

Choose from a range of vocal and instrumental ensembles, from jazz to percussion to strings, or chamber or concert choirs, and more. Some ensembles require an audition placement, while others require an audition for participation. Browse the options below to see which might be a fit for you.

Instrumental ensembles

Symphonic band

symphoic band performingThe Fort Lewis College Symphonic Band is one of Colorado's premiere bands directed by Justin Hubbard, Director of Bands. The Symphonic Band is an open enrollment ensemble representing students from a variety of majors across campus.  The ensemble’s repertoire ranges from traditional band works to more modern compositions. The band has appeared at numerous regional and state conventions.

Our mission is to provide all students the opportunity to pursue musical activities of the highest possible performance level. We invite you to be a part of our long tradition of excellence.

Recent Collaborations

  • Julie Giroux
  • Samuel Hazo
  • Jack Stamp
  • Eric Ewazen
  • Stephen Melillo
  • Quincy Hilliard

For more information, Email Justin

Jazz ensemble

The Fort Lewis College Jazz Ensemble, is the college's premiere jazz group performing several concerts each semester on and off campus. The ensemble performs a wide variety of styles associated with the jazz idiom. Literature ranges from standards to moderns works composed and arranged by local and national composers. The Jazz Ensemble is the featured group performing at the annual Fort Lewis College Jazz Festival each winter term.

Recent Guest Artist Collaborations

  • Stefan Karlsson Trio
  • Christian McBride
  • Dave Samuels
  • Scotty Barnhart
  • Tim Ries
  • John Fedchock
  • Brad Goode
  • Alex Acuña
  • Chris Vadala
  • Bruce Paulson
  • John Scofield
Performing with percussion

The Percussion Ensemble offers chamber music experiences for students at Fort Lewis College. The ensemble is open to all students through audition. Percussion studies majors are required to perform in the percussion ensemble. The ensemble performs traditional percussion ensemble literature, music of different cultures, and arrangements of jazz and pop tunes. Students also have the opportunity to solo in different ensemble settings. Percussionists that wish to gain more experience in keyboard percussion performance can also participate in the Mallet Keyboard Ensemble. This is a separate class that meets to focus on the performance of keyboard percussion instruments.

Mallet Keyboard Ensemble performance

Casey Cangelosi’s Marimba Quartet

Percussion Ensemble performances

Nathan Daughtrey’s Silent Canyons

Andrew Ardizzoia’s Ritmos Colorados

String ensembles

San Juan Symphony

The San Juan Symphony is a regional orchestra comprised of FLC students and faculty, community players, and other professional players in the area. This is the premier large ensemble opportunity for string students to work alongside professional players to learn and perform major orchestral repertoire. The mission of the ensemble is to unite the Four Corners area by nurturing the art of music through education and high quality performances that touch the soul. Membership is by audition.

San Juan Symphony Youth Orchestras

The Mission of the San Juan Symphony Youth Orchestras (SJSYO) is to provide an inspiring orchestral experience for the youth of Durango, Bayfield, Farmington, Pagosa Springs, Cortez and surrounding areas, while further enriching the arts communities of the Four Corners.

SJSYO is the only youth symphony organization in the Four Corners area, and its members receive an exceptional educational experience under the guidance of the region's finest musical performers and educators. SJSYO maintains a strong connection with the area's school music programs, Fort Lewis College, and cultural institutions such as 3rd Ave. Arts and Music in the Mountains. SJSYO is open to all Four Corners area elementary school, middle school, high school, home-school, and Fort Lewis College students on an audition basis.

FLC Chamber Orchestra

The Chamber Orchestra is comprised of Fort Lewis College’s most advanced string players. It is a small string orchestra designed to teach students chamber music skills, and familiarize its members with the standard chamber orchestra repertoire.

Select ensembles

The following select ensembles provide the opportunity to study and perform literature for a wide range of specific instrumentations. Admission is by audition, and musicians participate in several on-campus performances as well as clinics/concerts in schools and community venues throughout the region.

  • Flute Ensemble
  • Clarinet Choir
  • Saxophone Quartet
  • Woodwind Quintet
  • Horn Quartet
  • Brass Ensemble
  • String Ensemble
  • Baroque Ensemble

Vocal & choral ensembles

Concert choir

Concert ChoirConcert Choir (MU 105/305) is the largest choir on campus (approximately 75-100 singers), and does not require an audition to participate. Simply enroll in the course and singers will be placed according to voice type after the semester begins.  Anyone can enroll in Concert Choir; majoring in music is not required.  Approximately 50% of the choir is composed of non-music majors, from freshmen through seniors.  Concert Choir generally performs a wide variety of musical styles, and presents four concerts each year. Members of Concert Choir are eligible to join with all other Fort Lewis Choirs on international performance tours, like the most recent one to Czech Republic, Austria, and Germany in May of 2018.

Chamber choir

Chamber ChoirChamber Choir (MU 106/306) is a highly select mixed ensemble (approximately 30 voices). Students must audition to participate in this choir. Auditions typically take place in the first two days of each semester. The group performs a variety of music, concentrating generally on advanced choral works written for chamber ensembles. The audition process requires a prepared solo piece, melodic and rhythmic sight reading, and vocalization. Singers should be able to sing well in tune, have a flexible and expressive singing voice, and have some knowledge of music reading.

Men’s choir

Mens ChoirMen’s Choir (MU 300) is a select group of tenors and basses. Music majors, music minors, non-music majors, and occasionally community members are encouraged to audition, continuing the American tradition of singing men for over twenty-five years. The Men’s Choir has a busy performance schedule, and part of its mission is to encourage singing among young and school-aged males by setting an excellent example of the beautiful-sounding blend of lower voices.

Women’s choir

Women’s Choir (MU 307) is a select group of treble voices. The women’s choir performs moderate to advanced repertoire in the tradition of female choirs, from serious classical selections to light novelty pieces. The Women’s Choir also provides an opportunity for women to come together and discuss issues facing gender roles in modern society, and provides an area of support and friendship among students looking for a social outlet. Audition is required.


HawkappellaHawkappella, Fort Lewis College’s “pop” choral ensemble, is a highly select a cappella choir comprised of about 16 singers.  The group performs modern popular music often with a beat-box (vocal percussion) and some choreography.  Students interested in auditioning for this ensemble should prepare an unaccompanied vocal solo in the pop, jazz, or musical theatre style, and be prepared to do some simple sight reading and aural testing.  Singers chosen for this ensemble will be outstanding soloists, but also able to work well in a vocal ensemble setting.

Musical stage

actor sitting on stageScenes from the Musical Stage (MU 139/339) meets Wednesdays from 3:35-6:00 every fall semester. Students in the course study and perform fully staged ensemble scenes from the musical theatre, opera, and operetta repertoire. Student performers have opportunities to sing in the community and area schools, as well as on the Fort Lewis College campus. Scenes from the Musical Stage is open to all FLC students by audition.