• Ensemble involvement at Lee University is one of the highlights of the School of Music. With a strong history of over fifty years of dynamic ensemble offerings, instrumental and vocal ensembles are open to music majors and non-music majors alike. Most university music ensembles require an audition, unless otherwise noted, and provide musical and ministry experiences that mold the college experience for our students.

    Instrumental Ensembles

    Wind Ensemble

    Directed by: 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.

    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.

    Symphonic Band

    Directed by: 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.

    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.

    Guitar Ensemble

    Directed by: Alan Shikoh

    The guitar ensemble performs both original and arranged works for multiple classical guitars. The ensemble performs on the University campus.

    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.

    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.

    Percussion Ensemble

    Directed by: Andy Harnsberger

    The Percussion Ensemble performs challenging and interesting percussion literature, involving a wide variety of percussion instruments. The group has rapidly developed a reputation for musical excellence and expertise. Percussion majors participate in this ensemble, which is directed by nationally known percussionist/composer Andy Harnsberger.

    Vocal Ensembles

    Festival Choir

    Directed by: William Green

    The Lee University Festival Choir is comprised of approximately 350 singers drawn from each of the seven choral ensembles at Lee University. This chorus performs at various major university and community events, and has performed alongside the Lee University Symphony Orchestra and Wind Ensemble, performing major works by Maurice Duruflé, G.F. Handel, Gusav Holst, John Rutter and Mack Wilberg.

    In January of 2013, the Lee University Festival Choir performed at the 57th United States Presidential Inauguration at the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

    Choral Union

    Directed by: Jonathan Rodgers

    Choral Union performs choral music and major masterworks for mixed chorus and orchestra, such as Handel’s Messiah, Honegger’s King David, Poulenc’s Gloria, Beethoven's Mass in C Major, and Bernstein's Chichester Psalms. This ensemble is a unique blend of Lee University music majors and non-music majors and is open to all who are interested in choral music. Major works performed recently include Finzi's In Terra Pax, Lauridsen's Lux Aeterna, and Mozart's Requiem.

    Campus Choir

    Directed by: Jimmy Phillips

    For more than 50 years, Campus Choir has been a Christ-centered auditioned touring choir, performing at the university as well as across the Eastern United States and international venues. Within Campus Choir is Power Unlimited, an ensemble of eight vocalists and six instrumentalists.


    Directed by: William Green

    The Chorale is an ensemble of highly motivated vocalists who are selected by audition. An emphasis is placed on the diversity and breadth of traditional choral literature. In addition to music majors, membership represents a sampling of many of the majors offered by the University.

    Evangelistic Singers

    Directed by: Gloria Scott-Richmond

    Evangelistic Singers (EVS) seek God through the art of worship within the genres of spirituals and both traditional and contemporary gospel music. In addition to the southeastern U.S., this auditioned choir of approximately 50 students has performed throughout Bermuda and the Caribbean.

    Ladies of Lee

    Directed by: Jonathan Rodgers

    The Ladies of Lee offer vocal performance opportunities to approximately 40 women seeking to express their creative talents in a spiritually rich environment. The auditioned membership travels throughout the eastern US with repertoire reflecting a diverse range of styles.

    Lee Singers

    Directed by: Brad Moffett

    Lee Singers is an auditioned mixed choral ensemble of 45 vocalists and 9 band members. This dynamic choral ensemble tours the United States and world, performing a wide range of musical styles including sacred choral works, praise and worship, traditional choral, patriotic songs, and gospel favorites.

    Opera Theatre

    Directed by: James Frost

    Opera Theatre began in the spring of 1998 as a workshop and has quickly grown into a production organization performing fully staged operas from both standard and less traditional repertoire. Roles are determined by audition.

    Voices of Lee

    Directed by: Danny Murray

    The Voices of Lee is a 16-member a cappella ensemble characterized by a unique variety of lush vocal harmonies, high-energy patriotic numbers, fun-filled audience participation, and heartfelt gospel favorites.

Music Events Calendar

Wind Ensemble Concert
Begins at 7:30 PM | Read more

Conn Center
Wind Ensemble Concert
150 11th Street NE, Cleveland, TN 37311
Graduate Recital: Paul Hayes, percussion
Begins at 6:00 PM | Read more

Pangle Hall
Graduate Recital: Paul Hayes, percussion
340 Church Street NE, Cleveland, TN 37311
Sr. Recital: Carly Wingfield, soprano
Begins at 6:00 PM | Read more

Squires Recital Hall, Humanities Center
Sr. Recital: Carly Wingfield, soprano
1250 Parker Street NE, Cleveland, TN 3711
Sr. Recital: Jordan Johnson, soprano & Valerie Nuzzolo, clarinet
Begins at 6:00 PM | Read more

Squires Recital Hall, Humanities Center
Sr. Recital: Jordan Johnson, soprano & Valerie Nuzzolo, clarinet
1250 Parker Street NE, Cleveland, TN 37311
Percussion Ensemble Concert
Begins at 3:00 PM | Read more

Pangle Hall
Percussion Ensemble Concert
340 Church Street NE, Cleveland, TN 37311
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