Music Ensembles

Vocal Ensembles

For information on vocal ensembles, see director Loren Wenz (

George Fox University Choir students
  • Concert Choir (audition required / Auditions held the first week of classes both semesters. Sign up at Music office, Ross 201)
    Concert Choir is the most advanced choral mixed ensemble at George Fox University. Membership is open to all students pending audition. The choir rehearses for five times a week (Monday, Wednesday, Friday 1:00-1:50 p.m. and Tuesday, Thursday 1:25-2:40 p.m.) each semester. The Concert Choir was selected to perform at the 2006 All State Conference, 2007 All Northwest Conference, and the 2010 ACDA Northwest Regional Conference. Concert Choir Audition Information
  • Women's and Men's Chorale (no audition required)
    These ensembles will be of particular interest to those students who like to sing music specifically for either male or female voices and/or because they do not have the time necessary to participate in Concert Choir. Women's Chorale meets Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 2:00-2:50 p.m. and Men's Chorale meets Tuesday and Thursday, 12:00-12:50 pm.
  • Vocal Jazz Ensemble (audition required)
    This vocal ensemble and rhythm section specialize in the preparation, study, and performance of vocal jazz. Non-music majors are not required to participate in another choir. Rehearsal time is TBD.
George Fox University Concert Choir
  • Chamber Singers (audition and concert choir/chorale membership required)
    Chamber Singers is an ensemble of selected singers (8-16) who are comfortable singing one person on a part, are strong sight readers, and possess mature voices. Chamber Singers meets on Monday and Wednesday from 3:00-3:50p.m.
  • Master Chorus (no audition required)
    Membership in the Master Chorus is open to all singers from the faculty, staff, student body, alumni, and community. The chorus, typically accompanied by orchestra, will perform as part of the Spring Concert in April. The chorus rehearses second semester on Tuesday from 7-9:30 p.m.

Instrumental Ensembles

George Fox University Symphonic Band

For information on instrumental ensembles, contact director Pat Vandehey (

  • Symphonic Band (audition required)
    The Symphonic Band is a touring ensemble that plays concerts throughout the Northwest. The spring tour repertoire is played in schools, churches, and for chapel. This ensemble serves to train students for careers in instrumental conducting and performing. The Symphonic Band was selected to perform at the 2007 All-State and All-Northwest Conferences.

  • Jazz Band (audition required)
    Jazz Band is an ensemble organized to train instrumentalists in the jazz repertoire. Performances are usually for school events and some off-campus concerts. Members who are music majors must also be enrolled in the Symphonic Band. Contact Director Nathanael Ankeny.

  • Chehalem Symphony Orchestra (audition required)
    The symphony orchestra performs music by the master composers of the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Modern eras. Concertos featuring student soloists are often part of the annual repertoire. Community and faculty musicians combine with university students to form this ensemble. Performances include the fall and spring concerts, as well as accompaniment of the Master Chorus. Contact Director Travis Hatton or Concert Master Rebekah Hanson for further information.

Chamber Ensembles

George Fox University Handbell RingersA contact for each ensemble is listed within the description.

  • Handbell Ringers
    Handbell Ringers exists to encourage an appreciation for the sound of bells as well as promoting musicianship and encouraging fellowship. The group performs for on-campus concerts, chapel preludes, and few additional concerts in the area. The choir rehearses one hour a week and is directed by Cynthia McGladrey (

  • Keyboard Ensemble
    Keyboard Ensemble consist of various instrument combinations which include the piano, strings, woodwinds, and more. These ensembles are assembled based on interest and skill level o the performers. Coordinated by Barbara Stewart ( Instrumental Chamber Ensembles are open to any instrumentalist with previous experience. All ensembles will perform in a variety of venues throughout the school year, both on and off campus. Most ensembles meet once a week.

Instrumental Chamber Ensembles

Instrumental Chamber Ensembles
  • Brass Ensemble: Dick Elliot, director
  • Clarinet Ensemble: Cindi Bartels, director
  • Flute Ensemble: Sophia Tegart, director
  • Percussion Ensemble: Ken Ollis, director
  • Saxophone Ensemble: Nathanael Ankeny, director
  • String Ensemble: Rebekah Hanson, director
  • Woodwind Ensemble: Pat Vandehey, coordinator

For further information on our music ensembles, please see the Music Student Handbook.