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The Concord University program in Music provides multiple performance and learning opportunities. The student to faculty ratio allows for smaller class sizes and enhances preparation for a competitive music career. Music graduates have an outstanding job and graduate school placement record and hold positions in West Virginia and throughout the United States.

The Concord Artist/Lecture Series brings to campus numerous professional performers throughout the academic year.  Former guest artists have included the Cantus Vocal Ensemble, Boston Brass, Colorado String Quartet, the Borealis Wind Quintet, the St. Louis Brass, guitarist Alex DeGrassi, the Georgia Guitar Quartet, and pianist Leon Bates.
For audition information and to contact us, click here and scroll down to "Prospective Music Students."


Instrumental Ensembles  (Dr. David Ball, conductor)

Ensembles are open to all students at the university and represent multiple disciplines of study.


The Commanders is Concord's select jazz ensemble. The ensemble meets during the Fall and Spring Semesters. The jazz ensemble performs a variety of music from swing to modern jazz compositions. The band performs several concerts annually, with past venues including the Greenbrier Resort in Lewisburg, WV, and the Pipestem Resort State Park. In addition, the Commanders travel to various public schools throughout Virginia and West Virginia, representing Concord University and the music department.

Marching Band

The Concord University Marching Band performs at all home football games, select away games, and participates in multiple parades throughout the year. The Pride has been the featured band at the annual Manassas, VA Christmas Parade and a perennial favorite at the Welch, WV Veteran’s Day Parade. The group performs a wide variety of charts including jazz, rock, pop, and classical.

See us this Fall, 2017: 

Thursday, 08/31, 7 PM: WV Wesleyan @ CU

Thursday, 09/14, 7 PM: UVA-Wise @ CU 

Saturday, 09/30, 12 PM: Shepherd @ CU

Saturday, 10/14, 1 PM: WV ST @ CU

Saturday, 10/21, 12 PM: UNC-Pembroke @ CU

Saturday, 11/04, 12 PM: Fairmont @ CU

Pep Band

The Pep Band is the University’s high energy Basketball Band performing at all home games, select away games, and playoffs. 

Concert Band

The Concert Band is a large wind and percussion ensemble, performing classics of the band repertoire as well as modern literature. This ensemble meets during the Spring Semester and performs two concerts as well as both fall and spring commencements. The Concert Band regularly features guest artists. During the spring of 2017 we were fortunate to have Dr. Jay Crone from Virginia Tech as our trombone soloist, and Captain Brian Walden, Director of Bands at Marshal University as a guest conductor.

Percussion Ensemble

The Concord Percussion Ensemble is under the direction of Ben Cantrell. Performances are held in the Alexander Theater in Fine Arts Center. The percussion ensemble has performed a variety of musical repertoire from authentic hand drumming to the music of John Cage. The ensemble has also premiered new compositions from students and faculty alike. Members of the ensemble teach locally in the surrounding public schools and participate in volunteer outreach performances.

Collegiate Singers
The Collegiate Choir is an ensemble, open to all college students, that performs a wide variety of a capella and accompanied choral literature. This choir performs two concerts a semester both on the CU Campus, and surrounding areas. The ensemble also focuses on collaboration within the department of Fine Arts, and with local composers. 

(Dr. Kelly Hudson, conductor)

ConChords (Chamber Singers)
This elite chamber group features both applied voice majors and non-music majors. Interested students must successfully complete a rigorous audition process to become members. The men and women of this group perform a wide variety of acapella music, from pop and jazz numbers as well as traditional choral literature. The ConChords are the premier performing group of Concord University, and sing on tour within the states and internationally.
Solo and Ensemble Festival
Thank you for your interest in the Region I, Solo and Ensemble Festival held at Concord University!

The annual festival will be January 20, 2018, starting at 9AM.
Registration deadline is January 12, 2018.
All materials should be mailed to:
Attn: David Ball, Solo & Ensemble, Chair
Concord University
PO Box 1000
Athens, WV 24712-1000

If you, or your school, are interested in participating, or if you have any questions, 
please contact Dr. David Ball at

Congratulations to everyone who participated last year!

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