Performance Opportunities

West African Drumming Ensemble 2014

Numerous opportunities exist for Five College students to participate in ensembles and learn instruments and styles from various global music traditions. The list below includes several of the ongoing ensembles related to ethnomusicology in the Five Colleges. Contact the instructor for full details. In addition to those listed below, there are numerous choral groups, orchestras, jazz ensembles, and other ensembles performing within the Five Colleges. Check out all ensembles at the Five College Music website.

Individual lessons and non-ensemble performance: Credit-bearing individual lessons and non-ensemble performance opportunities (i.e. special topics courses or thesis work) in an array of musical traditions and genres are available throughout the Five Colleges. Please consult the course catalog of your home institution and with a member of the Five College Ethnomusicology faculty to find the instructor best suited to your interests.

Appalachian Old Time & Bluegrass Ensembles
Hampshire College 
Contact: Prof. Rebecca Miller

Irish/Celtic EnsembleThe Wailing Banshees
Smith College 
Contact: Ellen Redman

Javanese Gamelan
Smith College
Contact: Prof. Margaret Sarkissian

West African Drumming
Mount Holyoke College 
Contact: Faith Conant