Music Department Concerts

The W&J Department of Music offers an exciting series of free concerts featuring its resident student ensembles as well as several student and faculty recitals throughout the academic year. Resident performing groups include the W&J Jazz, Wind, and Choral Ensembles and the W&J Camerata Singers.

These performances are free and open to the public.

2019-20 Season

Fall W&J Wind Ensemble Concert

Clint Bleil, Guest Conductor

Sunday, November 3, 2019 at 3 p.m.

The Wind Ensemble performs standard band literature as well as more specialized repertoire. Their concert programs are an enjoyable mix of traditional favorite and challenging newer works.

Holiday Concert

W&J Wind Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble
Clint Bleil, Guest Conductor

W&J Choir and Camerata Singers
Dr. Susan Medley, Conductor

Monday, December 9, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.

Spend an evening with W&J’s music ensembles as they put you in the holiday mood with a wide variety of songs of the season. An annual tradition not to be missed, the performance will close with all ensembles joining in a rousing, spirit-filled finale.

Spring W&J Jazz Ensemble Concerts

Dr. Kyle Simpson, Conductor

Friday, February 28, 2020 at 7:30 p.m. and Friday, April 17, 2020 at 7:30 p.m.

The Jazz Ensemble is a select group of W&J students sometimes supplemented by professionals and community enthusiasts. They will perform familiar works from the jazz repertoire in addition to new works written by today’s most innovative composers.

Some Jazz concerts may occur in Studio 102, our experimental performance space on Olin’s lower level. Enjoy an intimate recital in a “club-like” environment. Look for venue change announcements. Seating may be limited, so come early.

Spring W&J Wind Ensemble Concert

Dr. Kyle Simpson, Conductor

Sunday, April 19, 2020 at 3 p.m.

In this special concert the Wind Ensemble will present works by all American composers such as works by Aaron Copland, Stephen Foster, and Morton Gould. Special guest conductor, Professor Emeritus Robert Levy from Lawrence University Conservatory of Music, will help round out the program with his own composition entitled “Abide With Me” as well as presenting the work of important composer Alec Wilder.

Spring Choral Concert Beethoven’s Mass in C

W&J Choir and Camerata Singers
Dr. Susan Medley, conductor

Friday, April 24, 2020 at 7:30 p.m.
At Church of the Covenant

In honor of the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth, the W&J Choir and Camerata Singers present the composer’s Mass in C Major with orchestra and professional soloists. Also on the program is Beethoven’s seldom heard Meerestille und glückliche Fahrt (“Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage”) and “A Silence Haunts Me,” an achingly moving setting by Jake Runestad of a transcription of Beethoven’s Heligenstadt Testament, a letter he wrote to his brothers expressing his anguish at his impending deafness. Don’t miss this powerful performance.

Student Recognition Recitals

Wednesday, December 4, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.
Olin, Room 211


Wednesday, April 29, 2020 at 7:30 p.m.
In Olin Theatre

These recitals feature selected performances from W&J’s Applied Music studios.