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Music Ensembles

NCCU ensembles are open to majors and non-majors alike. From big band to choir, we have an ensemble for everyone!

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Jazz Combo at Lincoln Center
Sound Machine Band
Vocalists singing
choir performing
Jazz ensemble on stage

Choral Ensembles

University Choir Singing

NC Central University Choir

The NC Central University Choir is an ensemble of vocalists that focuses on the performance of a diverse body of choral literature.

Operatorio Performance: Handel's Messiah

NCCU Operatorio Performance Ensemble

The NCCU Operatorio Performance Ensemble brings opera and oratorio together, celebrating and performing compositions representing both of these traditions.

Singer outside

NC Central Kizazi Chorale

NC Central Kizazi Chorale is a small chorale of singers selected from the University Choir. Their name comes from the Swahili word “kizazi,” defined by director Roberta Laws as “legacy.”

Marching Band and Symphonic Ensembles

Marching band in dark uniform

NCCU Sound Machine Marching Band

The NCCU Sound Machine is a marching band that performs at all home games and select away games during the football season. The Sound Machine is a central feature of the university, with many performances with audiences of over 80,000.

Athletic Pep Band Playing

NCCU Athletic Pep Band

The NCCU Athletic Pep Band is a subset of the NCCU band that focuses on promoting school spirit at University events.

Jazz Ensembles

NCCU Big Band performing

NCCU Jazz Ensemble (Big Band)

The NCCU Jazz Ensemble provides instrumentalists with the opportunity to study advanced concepts in the performance of classic, standard and contemporary big band jazz literature.

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NCCU Jazz Combos

Jazz Combos I and II are instrumental groups comprising a rhythm section (piano, bass and drums) and two to four horns. Their repertoire consists of mainstream jazz, contemporary jazz and jazz-rock.

Vocal Jazz Ensembles

Vocal jazz ensemble

NCCU Vocal Jazz Ensemble

The NCCU Vocal Jazz Ensemble provides vocalists with the opportunity to study advanced concepts in the performance of classic, standard and contemporary vocal ensemble jazz literature for small and large vocal jazz choirs.

vocal combo

NCCU Vocal Jazz Combo

The NCCU Jazz Vocal Combo consists of a rhythm section (piano, bass and drums) and three to six vocalists. Their repertoire consists of mainstream jazz, contemporary jazz and jazz-rock.

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Student playing electronic music.

NCCU Electronic Music Ensemble

The NCCU Electronic Music Ensemble focuses on the performance of contemporary electronic music.

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NCCU Guitar Ensemble

The Guitar Ensemble, led by Prof. Baron Tymas, renders masterful renditions of classical, jazz and world music repertoire on acoustic and electric guitars. 

Prof Trowers

NCCU Brass Ensemble

The NCCU Brass Ensemble focuses on practicing and performing repertoire tailored exclusively to brass instruments.

Percussion ensemble

NCCU Percussion Ensemble

The NCCU Percussion Ensemble learns and performs music specifically tailored to percussion instruments.

Tim Holley

NCCU String Ensemble

The NCCU String Ensemble focuses on practicing and performing music exclusively tailored to string instruments.

Student playing the cello.

NCCU Chamber Ensemble

The NCCU Chamber Music Ensembles is a small instrumental group that performs music with a single person on each part.