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Instrumental Ensembles

Band Program

Wind Ensemble
MUS 130-01/11, Director: Gabe Southard
The Hope College Wind Ensemble, the premier wind group on campus, performs a wide variety of music, from standard works, to cutting edge twentieth century works, to chamber pieces.  Wind Ensemble performs several concerts each semester, including the DeVos Showcase, annual Halloween Concert, and off-campus concerts.  The group also tours every other year.

Rehearsals are Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:00-6:10PM, with chamber music and sectionals on Fridays from 1:00-2:30PM. 

Wind Ensemble Website

Concert Band
MUS 133-01/11, Director: Gabe Southard
A full band open to all students, the Concert Band rehearses and performs standard repertoire and allows Music Education students to work on secondary instruments and rehearsal techniques. It also functions as a pep band for 2-3 games a semester. The Concert Band is open to community musicians. Wind, brass, and percussion Music Education majors are expected to participate every semester starting sophomore year. String Education majors are expected to participate starting their junior year.

Please contact the Director of Bands, Dr. Gabe Southard, for more information about the Wind Ensemble or the Concert Band.

Orchestra Program

MUS 120-01/11, Director: Christopher Fashun
The Hope College Orchestra offers music majors and non-majors alike the opportunity to perform major works from the standard orchestral repertoire. The 70-80 member organization regularly presents four concerts during the school year, features guest artists, concerto/aria winners and faculty soloists as part of the concert season.

Auditions are required for all wind, brass, and percussion players.  These auditions are held at the beginning of the fall semester.  Strings are strongly encouraged to meet with the music director at the beginning of the fall semester for seating assignments.


MUS 120-01/11, Director, Christopher Fashun
The 32-member Symphonette tours annually to different parts of the United States, and every fourth year a trip abroad is planned. The Symphonette is selected each year from the larger 80-member college symphony orchestra. Through the Symphonette, the music department of Hope College is able to offer concerts to church and school communities some distance from its campus, and at the same time afford its more proficient players an unusual opportunity for group participation and concentrated study of musical styles.

The Symphonette has made numerous radio and television appearances and has presented children's and youth concerts in addition to its series of formal concerts. The Symphonette has performed at the Music Educators National Conference (MENC) and the American String Teachers National Conference, and appears regularly in cities in Michigan. The Symphonette has appeared on the nationally televised Hour of Power from Garden Grove Church in California. The annual tour has taken the Symphonette to most of the U.S. as well as two Provinces in Canada, on several occasions to Europe, and to Australia and New Zealand. 

Please contact the Director of Hope Orchestras, Dr. Christopher Fashun, for more information about the Orchestra or Symphonette.


Instrumental Chamber Groups (Brass Ensemble, Flute Choir, Guitar Ensemble, Harp Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, Saxophone Quartet, String Quartet, Woodwind Quintet)

A wide variety of chamber ensembles exist for majors and non-majors alike.  If you would like to be part of a group, or have a pre-formed ensemble that would like to be coached, please contact one of the teachers listed below for more information.

String Chamber Groups Mihai Craioveanu - String Chamber Ensemble Syllabus
Wind/Brass/Percussion Chamber Groups Gabe Southard - Wind/Brass/Percussion Chamber Ensembles Syllabus