Instrumental Ensembles

Wind Ensemble

Directed by: Dr. David Holsinger

Under the direction of renowned composer and national band clinician Dr. David Holsinger, this group is committed to the highest level of performance of instrumental ensemble literature for winds and percussion. The Wind Ensemble is a non-traveling organization that performs for special concerts on the Lee University campus.

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Symphony Orchestra

Directed by: Robert Bernhardt

Performing a wide variety of orchestral literature, this ensemble of select instrumentalists is led by critically acclaimed conductor Robert Bernhardt. In addition to performing one major concert each semester, its musicians frequently participate in operatic, choral, and other concerts on the campus. Recent repertoire includes Respighi’s Pines of Rome, Humperdinck’s Evening Prayer and Dream Pantomime, and Dvorák’s Symphony “from the New World.” The ensemble also sponsors an annual concerto competition for University students.

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Symphonic Band

Directed by: Dr. Mark Bailey

The Lee University Symphonic Band is made up of select brass, woodwind, and percussion instrumentalists. This group tours once or twice each month to churches across the United States and has participated in several international tours. The Symphonic Band combines musical excellence with dynamic spiritual ministry.

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Chamber Strings

Directed by: Xiaoqing Yu

Chamber Strings is a dynamic ensemble composed of the institution’s finest violinists, violists, cellists, and bassists providing innovative programming for venues on and off campus. Smaller ensembles that perform standard works from the chamber music literature are frequently formed from its membership.

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Brass Choir

Directed by: Dr. David Holsinger

The Lee University Brass Choir is an aggregation of 15-20 brass players who explore the unique repertoire of large brass ensemble literature and various transcriptions. It is a unique opportunity for brass players to address the issues they face as a “musical family.” This ensemble rehearses and performs throughout the school year.

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Jazz Ensemble

Directed by: Alan Wyatt

The Lee University Jazz Ensemble performs traditional and recent literature for the traditional Big Band. The ensemble includes rhythm, saxophones, trumpets, and trombones. A frequent award winner at national festivals, it performs for campus, school, and civic events. Its students also have the opportunity to perform in combos. The groups are under the supervision of tenor saxophonist Alan Wyatt, a highly acclaimed soloist known for his imaginative improvisations.


Small Jazz Ensemble (section 2)

The Lee University Small Jazz Ensemble (Sec. 02) provides a comprehensive, innovative training environment for students to cultivate their creative music making skills as improvisers, arrangers, and composers within the traditions of jazz and commercial music. SJE (sec. 02) prepares aspiring performing artists to develop competencies in performing bebop, blues, funk/fusion, world music combined with jazz, and popular music.  Under the guidance and direction of Dr. José Valentino Ruiz, the ensemble and its members have received numerous DownBeat Student Music Awards including Outstanding Performance for Best Small Jazz Group, Best Blues/Pop/Rock Group, Winner for Best Blues/Pop/Rock Soloist, Outstanding Live Engineered Recording, and Winner for Studio Engineered Recording.

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More information about Dr. José Valentino Ruiz and his work can be found here.

Pep Band

Directed by: Alan Wyatt

The Pep Band plays for a select number of basketball games during the school year. The group rehearses once each week and plays marching and pep band charts. Open to all University students.

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Percussion Ensemble

Directed by: Dr. Andy Harnsberger

The chamber percussion experience is essential to the percussionist’s training and allows students to experience repertoire from contemporary genres to world music and improvisation. The Percussion Ensemble, directed by Dr. Andy Harnsberger, is an integral part of the percussion curriculum and performs a wide variety of music written expressly for percussion. Selections range from chamber works for three to four performers to works utilizing many instruments. The group presents fall and spring concerts annually. Students are also exposed to nationally recognized artists and clinicians from around the country, who specialize in marching percussion, drum set, Afro-Cuban percussion, Brazilian percussion, Arabic percussion, marimba, jazz vibes, African percussion, and symphonic percussion.

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