All Elon University students have the opportunity to participate in a variety of instrumental and vocal ensembles. Chamber music is a vibrant part of the Music Department.
Opera Workshop is directed by Dr. Hallie Hogan. Past productions include "Hansel and Gretel," scenes from "The Magic Flute," "The Medium," "The Marriage of Figaro," "The Merry Wives of Windsor," and many more.
Under the direction of Jim Roberts, the World Percussion Ensemble performs music of various hand-drumming traditions such as African-inspired music. The ensemble often collaborates with other musical groups on campus such as the Electric Ensemble, élan, and University Chorale.
The Percussion Ensemble performs a wide range of contemporary music for percussion including works by Chavez, Beck, Benson, and Varese. Marimbas, gongs, hand drums, and timpani blend with shakers, rattles, bells, and cymbals to form an intriguing and exciting ensemble sound. During the spring semester, ensemble members are responsible for composing or arranging all of the music to be played. The ensemble is directed by Jon Metzger. Open by audition only.
Guest artists/clinicians who have appeared at Elon include: Sandy Blocker, Christopher Deane, Mark Ford, Massie Johnson, John Tafoya, Carol Stumpf, Jimmy Finnie, Bill Rice, Arnold Sykes, Cort McClaren, Nathan Daughtry, Danny Frye, Rick Dior, and John Hanks.
The Flute Ensemble, directed by Linda Cykert, meets each semester and is open to all students who play the flute (non-Music Majors by audition). Flute Ensemble rehearses for one hour each week and has performed at nursing homes, local churches and other venues, Elon University Music Departmentals and other campus events, benefit concerts including one for ARC of Alamance County, and an inaugural concert for the Community Center at Elon Community Church. Students may receive one credit for each semester of participation by registering for Music 106 B.