The GWU concert choir and chorale performing

The Department of Music provides instruction by experienced professionals, connections with world-class performers, and opportunities to share your vocal or instrumental talents with the campus and greater community through participation in a variety of small ensembles and larger choirs, bands and orchestras.

With curriculum taught by an outstanding faculty, you can prepare for your desired career in areas such as music performance, ministry, education, composition and business.

Department Ensembles

handbell ensemble
Handbell Ensemble concert; Spring 2016.

Students have the opportunity to perform on/off campus in a variety of musical performance ensembles (for a one-hour course credit).

The purpose of these groups is to allow the student the opportunity to experience quality music in an ensemble setting. Musicians participating in Music Department
Performance Groups number over 400 each year.

A large number of non-music major students join with music majors/minors and
community musicians to present inspiring and challenging music. These performances
have run the gamut from appearances in Carnegie Hall to annual performances on the
GWU Concert and Recital Series, the GWU Choral Clinic, the Festival of Lights, GWU
athletic events, the GWU Choral Union Concert, the Student Day at the Opera, and the
GWU Regional Concerto Competition.

Each Music Major/Minor is required to satisfactorily participate in performance group meeting their curriculum requirements.

Large Ensembles

Vocal ensembles include Concert Choir, Chorale, Chorale Union and Opera Theatre.
Instrumental ensembles include University Orchestra, Symphonic Band, and
Marching/Pep Band

Small Ensembles

Vocal ensembles include Vocal Chamber Ensemble, Musical Theatre, and Workshops
and Musicals. Instrumental ensembles include Jazz Ensemble, Praise Ensemble, and
Chamber Music for All Instruments

Learn More About Available Ensembles


Honors music scholarships are given to music majors and are awarded based on a scholarship audition, showing the student’s level of performance/ability.  These awards are renewed annually.

Auditions are typically held in the spring semester, beginning in January. The earlier an applicant auditions, the more money is available, so we encourage you to audition as early as you can.

For more information or questions, please email [email protected] or call 704-406-4448.

Gardner-Webb University Distinguished Artist Series

The program is co-sponsored by the College of Health Sciences, the Department of Music and the Alfred and Shirley Wampler Caudill Fund.

Three members of the GWU music faculty perform in Carolina Brass: Trumpeter, Tim Hudson; horn player, Bob Campbell; and trombonist, Dave Wulfeck. Hudson founded Carolina Brass in 1997. The group’s mission is to promote the understanding of music and to improve the performance level of musicians of all ages through performances, residencies, master classes, and recordings. With a program that features humor mixed with classical, jazz and Broadway music, their show is fun for the entire family.

Summit Recording Artists Carolina Brass featured a Facebook live concert on Sept. 15 at 8 p.m. Part of the Gardner-Webb University Distinguished Artist Series