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WVU student performing groups include a wide range of opportunities in a variety of musical traditions and styles. The student and community performing groups are open to all qualified WVU students by audition. All groups must be taken for credit unless noted below.


The WVU Bands program serves nearly five hundred students in five ensembles: Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band, Concert Bands, Mountaineer Marching Band and Pep Band. These ensembles provide professional training for music education and performance majors, while also serving as a performance outlet for wind and percussion players throughout the university community, regardless of major.

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The WVU Choral Program has a choir for everyone - students, faculty, staff and local community members. Regardless of your background or level of experience, there is a place for you to sing at WVU.

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WVU Symphony Orchestra

The WVU Symphony Orchestra, a national award-winning ensemble, is known for its outstanding performances of standard and innovative programs. WVUSO presents six to eight programs a year and trains students to perform at the highest level of artistic expression and technical expertise.

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Jazz Ensembles

Participants in the Jazz Ensemble will learn standard jazz repertoire through collaboration. All the musicians learn how to play music with lead sheets, basic jazz harmony, and as a group.

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World Music

The WVU World Music Ensembles are a dynamic way to be artistically engaged while exploring diverse musical cultures on campus. These ensembles include the WVU African Music and Dance Ensemble, the WVU Steel Band, the WVU Taiko Ensemble, the WVU Gamelan Ensemble, and the WVU Brazilian Ensemble and the WVU Bluegrass Band.

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Chamber Music

A variety of chamber ensembles feature combinations of woodwinds, brass, percussion, and string instruments and include the internationally acclaimed Percussion Ensemble, the WVU Graduate String Quartet, the WVU Graduate Woodwind Quintet, the WVU Chamber Winds, Guitar Ensembles, and the New Music Ensemble.

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