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Who are we?

The ensemble was founded in Spring 2008.  Members have included freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors with majors in Accounting, Architecture, Criminal Justice, Education, Engineering, English Literature, Marine Biology, Music, Psychology, and Public Relations; graduate students from the School of Law; faculty from Anthropology, History, Music, Political Science, and Engineering; RWU alumni; and members of the local community.

RWU instrumental EnsembleWhat do we play?
Our concert programs feature a wide variety of musical styles including classical, movie scores, jazz standards, marches, American and European folk music, Brazilian bossa nova and choro, and more. Members of the ensemble help select our repertoire, and the ensemble performs at the end of each semester. See below for a list of some pieces we’ve performed recently. And join us to help plan our repertoire for the coming season.



How do I get involved?
The ensemble currently rehearses once a week on Monday evenings. Students may register for one credit (Music 151.01) or may just come and play. Music Majors can fulfill their ensemble requirement with this course, and Music Minors can fulfill their applied music requirement. The Instrumental Ensemble is open to the entire campus community. All instruments are welcome.

What else can I do?
There are smaller groups that are part of the Instrumental Ensemble “family” who rehearse separately.  Check out the Treble Makers Jazz Combo and the RWU Collegium for more options.

Who’s in charge here?
The ensemble is directed by Assistant Professor of Music Catherine Hawkes, who holds a doctorate from the Indiana University School of Music and has experience working with a wide variety of mixed ensembles.

How do I find out more?
Email Professor Hawkes for more information or to get your name on the list for the first meeting announcement next semester:


Recent Instrumental Ensemble repertoire includes:
RWU Instrumental EnsembleFinlandia by Jean Sibelius
Celtic Air and Dance by Michael Sweeney
In the Mood by Joe Garland
By Loch and Mountain by Robert W. Smith
Celebration Tribalesque by Randall D. Standridge
Metsakukkia (trad. Finnish arranged by ensemble)
Rhosymedre by Ralph Vaughn Williams
Land of Make Believe by Chuck Mangione
Selections from Candide Suite by Leonard Bernstein
Agua de Beber by Antônio Carlos Jobim
Highlights, Les Miserables by Claude-Michel Schönberg
Music of the Beatles by John Lennon and Paul McCartney
March from First Suite for Military Band by Gustav Holst

Catalog Listing:

MUSIC 151 – Instrumental Ensemble
Performing ensemble designed to develop musical skills and appreciation and to perform music in a variety of styles. The ensemble is open to all students, the University community, and the community at large who have had experience playing an instrument and would like to explore our rich musical culture. Registered students receive 1 credit per semester; registration is not required in order to participate. May be repeated. (1 credit) Fall, Spring