Student music opportunities

Participating in music will improve your life at Bluffton! 

Not only will it enhance your social life, but students who participate in music get better grades and find music a release from the tensions of college life. You will have a group to identify with and performances to take pride in.

Opportunities to perform are open to all students. 

Watch during the first week of classes for information about auditions and first rehearsals for choral performing groups. Some groups have auditions, while others have open first rehearsals for all interested participants. Even when an audition is required, expect a friendly, non-threatening setting!


Typically two performances are staged annually, in fall and spring semester. Participants are chosen by audition.
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Additional ensembles may be created based on student interest and talent. Students may sign up either for credit or zero credit. The zero credit option exists for students who are carrying a full load but wish to continue their participation in a music ensemble. When required, auditions are held at the beginning of the academic year. 

Camerata Singers

Camerata Singers, a select chamber choir, performs primarily sacred classical music from various historical periods, spirituals and folk hymns. The ensemble frequently performs at functions hosted by the university president and serves as ambassadors for the institution. Camerata Singers rehearses four times a week.

Choral Society

Choral Society, a large university/community chorus, performs a major choral/orchestral work each semester. Membership is open to any student or community member without an audition.

Each fall the Choral Society performs G. F. Handel’s Messiah with an orchestra and professional soloists. In the spring, the choir performs the annual Bach Festival. Previous Bach Festival works include Mozart’s Requiem, a variety of Bach cantatas, Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb and Brahms’ Requiem.

University Chorale

University Chorale is a large mixed ensemble focused on diverse repertoire including global, contemporary and traditional sacred and secular music.