For students interested in performing music at Georgetown, there's a great variety of academic ensembles (which award college credit) and co-curricular groups (including student-run vocal groups and pep band).
For some groups, credit toward graduation is available, but optional. Students are given priority for some positions and some groups are limited to students, but all members of the Georgetown community are invited to join the Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, and Concert Choir. Auditions are required for all groups. Chapel Choir and Gospel Choir are operated by Campus Ministry and include a ministry component.
Founded in 1980, the Georgetown University Orchestra is a large ensemble devoted to the study and performance of orchestral music, including repertoire composed for full orchestra and chamber orchestra. Literature is selected from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Modern periods. Orchestra membership is open to all instrumentalists and requires an audition.
GU Chamber Music Ensembles Program
The Chamber Music Ensembles Program presents thematic concerts featuring instrumental groups composed of string, woodwind, brass, percussion and keyboard instrumentalists. Auditions are required.
GU Wind Ensemble
The Wind Ensemble performs repertoire from Corelli to Grainger, seriously examining all genres and aspects of the wind literature. The ensemble performs once each semester. Membership is by audition and is open to all members of the Georgetown community (students, faculty, staff).
GU Pep Band
The Georgetown University Pep Band was established in 1922. Today it continues to rock the campus, getting students, alumni, faculty and staff ready for fun and excitement. The Pep Band performs at all home football games and men's and women's basketball games, traveling extensively in the spring.
Georgetown Jazz is an ensemble dedicated to promoting the American art of jazz. The focus is primarily on the historical big band sounds of Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Stan Kenton and other great bands from the 1930s to the present. Concerts also include contemporary arrangements and classic tunes. All participants develop jazz improvisation skills. Georgetown Jazz performs in and around the Washington DC area and at many university functions.
Guild of Bands
The Guild of Bands is an umbrella organization for small rock, jazz and pop ensembles. Each year we work to improve our performing and songwriting skills, as well as hear from experts in the music business. The Guild of Bands holds auditions each fall, performs collective concerts at least twice a year, and provides music for on-campus events.
World Percussion Ensemble
The World Percussion Ensemble is a drumming group exploring the different types of rhythmic styles from around the globe. Afro-Cuban, Brazilian and Eastern cultures are just a few of the genres the group has studied and adapted to their high energy performance style.
GU Concert Choir
The Georgetown University Concert Choir is an SATB ensemble performs sacred and secular works from all periods of music history. The Choir performs one major concert each semester (collaborating frequently with other campus ensembles and local artists) and at special ceremonies throughout the year. Auditions are required. The Concert Choir is open to students, faculty, and staff, as well as members of the University community.
GU Chamber Singers
The Georgetown University Chamber Singers, founded in 1992, is a select group of mixed voices organized to perform small choral masterworks from the Renaissance through the Twentieth Century. Emphasis is placed on the art of singing a cappella, though at times the group performs with accompaniment. Membership requirements include an audition.
The University Chapel Choir
The University Chapel Choir is the premier liturgical choral ensemble on campus and has established its reputation for providing excellence in sacred music both on campus and off. The choir sings a wide variety of SATB choral music from Palestrina to Durufle to Tavener. Membership is open to all who are associated with the university. The Chapel Choir undertook its first choral pilgrimage to Italy in May 2011, and is beginning to plan its next Italy trip for May of 2015. The Chapel Choir sings at the 9:30 p.m. Mass each Sunday, rehearses each Thursday from 7:15 p.m. to 8:50 p.m. in Dahlgren Chapel.
Georgetown University’s Gospel Choir is a university-sponsored choir through the Office of Campus Ministry and Department of Performing Arts. As the choir-in-residence at the 5:30pm weekly Gospel service in St. William Chapel, the group rehearses a variety of gospel music each week; the choir also holds concerts in the fall and spring, while also performing in the greater DC community throughout the year.
A CAPPELLA Groups
Founded in 1988, the co-ed Phantoms perform rock, pop, and R&B a cappella music. In recent years the ensemble has sung with Bobby McFerrin, opened for Chingy and the Black Eyed Peas, performed at the State Department and Kennedy Center, and maintained a yearly repertoire of more than 40 songs. They also co-host, with the Gracenotes, the annual D.C. A cappella Festival ("DCAF") each fall, inviting a cappella groups from other universities on the East coast to perform at Georgetown.
The GraceNotes is one of Georgetown’s most established and well-known a cappella groups. They have been singing together for more than 30 years throughout the District of Columbia and the Georgetown community. The GraceNotes co-host the D.C. A Cappella Festival (DCAF), one of the region's most exciting a cappella shows. Through their history, they have had the opportunity to sing at the White House, the Four Seasons, and the Metropolitan Club. The GraceNotes sing a range of music from rock to oldies to modern pop. They have produced several albums over the years, including "Say Grace," "No Boys Allowed," "Naked," "Studio D" and "Grace Under Pressure."
Harmony brings new dimensions to the on-campus singing scene as an all-female group celebrating the diversity of international song. Each song is sung in its native language, furthering the university's mission to promote international understanding and cooperation.
The Georgetown Saxatones are the newest co-ed a cappella group on Georgetown's campus. Originally founded as an oldies group in 2000, the Saxatones have expanded their repertoire to include everything from Motown to Michael Jackson, Alanis Morissette to Stevie Wonder, and Timbaland to Taylor Swift. The Saxatones were created with the purpose of serving the community through performance and music, and regularly partner up with organizations both on the Hilltop and in the greater DC region. They are often invited to perform at all of Georgetown's major a cappella showcases, record regularly, and hold auditions in both the Fall and Spring semesters. You can learn more about the Saxatones at georgetownsaxatones.com.
Formed in 1997 by a group of Georgetown University students, the a cappella group Superfood performs everything from rap to rock, blues to bluegrass.
The Capitol Gs
The Capitol Gs are Georgetown’s contemporary a cappella group. Featuring a diverse repertoire of rock, R&B, hip-hop, and pop music, the Gs pride themselves on their vocally impressive and highly entertaining performances. In addition to singing at high-profile concerts and popular events on campus, the Capitol Gs also perform regularly with other groups in DC, Philadelphia, and other areas.