Bard boasts a range of ensembles, orchestras, and choruses in which students perform regularly: Chamber Singers and Opera Workshop, Balinese Gamelan, Bard College Community Orchestra, Bard College Symphonic Chorus, Baroque Ensemble, Bard College Community Jazz Orchestra, Chamber Music (classical and jazz), Contemporary Jazz Composers Ensemble, Contemporary Music Ensemble, Electroacoustic Ensemble, Georgian Vocal Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, and Afro-Latin Percussion Ensemble.

Several student a cappella ensembles make unaccompanied music on campus:

  • The Orcapelicans have been named one of the top 14 collegiate groups in the country by the Huffington Post, which featured a video of the group’s rendition of “White Rabbit.” For more information, please contact: Adele Finch at af0594@bard.edu or Nathalie Jones at nj2518@bard.edu
  • The Bard Georgian Choir offers students an opportunity to learn traditional polyphonic choral music from the Republic of Georgia. Most songs are taught orally. Please contact Carl Linich at clinich@bard.edu

See Ethnomusicology for detailed information about the world music ensembles at Bard.