Performing Arts

Vocal Ensembles

Description: College Choir

The College Choir presents concerts of sacred and secular music throughout the year. Under the direction of Prof. Jeffrey Sandborg, the group devotes itself to a serious study of the finest choral literature, and the highest possible standards are maintained. Academic credit is granted.

Instrumental Ensembles

Description: Ensemble

The Roanoke College Jazz Ensemble is devoted to the performance of the finest literature written for the large jazz ensemble (also known as Big Band Jazz). Arrangements ranging in style from Count Basie to Charles Mingus and beyond are featured. Student arrangements are encouraged. Ample opportunities for improvisation and interaction with members of the local jazz scene are provided. Academic credit is available.


Description: Ensemble

The Roanoke College Wind Ensemble is open to all students who have participated in their former school's concert band. Under the direction of Dr. Joseph Blaha, repertoire performed throughout the year is chosen from the master works of the wind band literature. Arrangements (some especially written for this ensemble) of important compositions for other media are also performed. Academic credit is available.


Description: Band

The Roanoke College Pep band is an energetic group of students from the jazz and wind ensembles under the direction of Dr. Joseph Blaha. The pep band gives students the chance to assist with leading the group and choice of musical selections. The pep band plays at various women’s and men’s basketball games.


Performance Ensembles

Description: RC





Student-Directed Vocal Ensembles


This women's acappella singing group was founded in 1999. All performers are students at the college.



Description: for an Echo

This a cappella men's singing group was founded in 1996. Why are they looking for an echo? There is a sound that all choirs strive for, a moment when all voices blend and sound as one, a single instant of perfection when sound becomes something more than sound. Each member of the group is a firm believer in this sound and in every performance, they search for it.

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