Small Ensembles

Afro-Caribbean Ensemble (Sidra Lawrence, director)

The Afro-Caribbean Ensemble plays repertoire from both the continent of Africa and the diaspora, across a range of traditional and popular genres. We have performed several Guy Warren Afro-jazz tunes, Fela Kuti Afro-beat songs, a Cuban mozambiqué, New Orleans second line charts, a Manu Dibango Afro-funk song from Cameroon, South African choral music and mbaqanga, South African jazz by Miriam Makeba, Hugh Masakela, and Abdullah Ibrahim, Dominican merengue, Cuban batá and comparsa, Ghanaian highlife, R&B, and spoken-word poetry from Black American traditions, to name just a few. Enrollment is open to all students.

Early Music Ensembles (Arne Spohr, director)

The Early Music Ensemble performs music of the Middle Ages, Renaissance and Baroque periods. The ensemble is made up of undergraduate and graduate students in music and occasionally students from other programs. The vocal ensemble consists of 10–15 auditioned singers and the instrumental ensemble (Guido’s Band) is open to anyone proficient in a modern instrument who wants to learn the early instruments (recorder, lute, viola da gamba, Renaissance fiddle, cornetto, and crumhorn). The group performs regularly on campus and at schools and community concerts in northwest Ohio.

Hayabusa Taiko Ensemble (Angela Ahlgren, director)

Taiko is a form of Japanese Ensemble drumming that has become popular across Japan, then United States, and around the world. Students will perform in the ensemble, learning multiple pieces and performing in venues across town, including at the College of Musical Arts, the Arts Village, and at the Black Swamp Arts Festival in downtown Bowling Green.  Music is learned aurally, so music reading ability is not necessary, but you should be ready for lots of physical movement. Enrollment is open to all students.

Kusuma Sari Gamelan (Kurt Doles, director)

Kusuma Sari (Inner Flower) is the gamelan gong kebyar orchestra from Bali, Indonesia, housed at the College. Consisting largely of gongs and metallophones, the gamelan performs the dynamic traditional music of Bali as well as modern compositions by American and Balinese composers. Kusuma Sari presents biannual concerts, performs at community events, and occasionally goes on tour. Enrollment is open to all students.

Kusuma Sari Balinese Gamelan,SoundSculptureExhibition,2014

Steel Drum Ensemble (Robert Desmond, director)

Composed of undergraduate and graduate students, the new Steel Drum Ensembles (founded in 2007) perform music ranging from traditional Caribbean tunes to modern jazz arrangements. Students learn instruments ranging from bass pan up to lead tenor as well as “engine room” percussion—drum set, timbales, congas, shakers, etc. Steel Drum Ensembles are open to all students.