Ensembles and Performance Opportunities

  • Choral Society: The Choral society is made up of the 65-voice Glee Club, Madrigal Singers, and Concert Choir. Each group performs repertoire from the medieval canon to present-day works by Amherst facutly members.
  • Jazz Ensemble and Combos: Amherst College supports a jazz ensemble, several jazz combos, and private instruction for all jazz musicians.  
  • Symphony Orchestra: The Amherst Symphony Orchestra consists of about 60 Amherst College students as well as up to 10 musicians from the other schools of the Five College Consortium.

Ensemble Directors

Arianne G. Abela

Arianne G. Abela

Director of the Choral Music Program and Lecturer in Music

Arms Music Center
Bruce P. Diehl

Bruce P. Diehl

Senior Lecturer in Music and Director of Jazz Performance

Mark L. Swanson

Mark L. Swanson

Senior Lecturer in Music and Director of Instrumental Music

Five College Early Music Program

Singers holding scores

Michael Barrett, Interim Director

Founded in 1979, the Five College Early Music Program (EMP) is a collaboration among schools, programs, and teachers in the Five College Consortium to offer students and affiliates the opportunity to explore the rich and varied music of the Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque periods. Participants may take private lessons, participate in chamber music courses or larger ensembles, or study historical dance, under the guidance of specialist instructors in the field of early music. The Early Music Program also hosts or co-hosts performances and residencies by professional early music performers and ensembles.

Learn more about Five College Early Music