MIT students perform at the 150th Convocation. Credit: Dominick Reuter.

Chamber Chorus

The MIT Chamber Chorus (21M.405) is a small, all-student group that performs two concerts each year under the direction of Dr. William Cutter. Designed for the more vocally and musically advanced singer, this select ensemble is challenged with a wide variety of repertoire including music for a cappella chorus as well as choral works accompanied by chamber orchestra and other small instrumental ensembles, or with piano accompaniment.

Musicians rehearsing Haydn’s Quartett No. 41, Op. 76, No. 2 include Annie Kwon ’11, first violin; Eva Cheung ’11, second violin, Steve Lynch ’10, viola; Minhee Sung ’10, cello, and Marcus Thompson, coach. Photo: Richard West.

Chamber Music Society

The Chamber Music Society, coordinated by Professor Marcus Thompson, is comprised of students selected by audition to study and perform classical chamber music and jazz combo literature. All groups rehearse independently and are coached one hour per week by MIT faculty and perform a recital at the end of each semester in Killian Hall.

MIT Festival Jazz Ensemble, Nov 4, 2008, photograph by Hayden Taylor

Festival Jazz Ensemble

The MIT Festival Jazz Ensemble, founded in 1963 by Boston jazz icon Herb Pomeroy, is comprised of undergraduate and graduate MIT students from many fields of study. Membership is open to students from other area colleges, but priority is given to MIT students. The central mission of the MIT Festival Jazz Ensemble is to enhance the musical education and artistic sensitivity of its members through study and performance of jazz ensemble literature.

Lamine Touré, artist-in-residence with Rambax members Melissa Edoh '03 (left) and Assistant Professor Patti Tang, photograph by Colin Dillard

Rambax

Rambax MIT is an ensemble dedicated to learning the art of sabar, a vibrant drum and dance tradition of the Wolof people of Senegal, West Africa. (The name “rambax” – pronounced “rahm-bach” – is a vocal mnemonic for a signature sabar rhythm.) In Senegal, sabars are played exclusively by griots, a caste of hereditary musicians. Sabar drum troupes perform at a variety of events, from neighborhood dance parties to baptisms, weddings, and wrestling matches.

Gustavo Dudamel conducts the MIT Symphony Orchestra in an open rehearsal, 2010. MIT Kresge Auditorium. Credit: Barry Hetherington.

Symphony Orchestra

Founded in 1884, this full-size orchestra is comprised primarily of MIT and Wellesley College students. MITSO performs four concerts each year and may be taken for credit (21M421). Membership is by audition. From J.S. Bach to John Harbison, concert programs feature a broad range of challenging repertoire spanning works of the early Baroque era to contemporary compositions, including music for film and theater.

“Beyond: An Ellington Commemoration.” MIT Wind Ensemble, Frederick Harris, music director. April 30, 2004, photograph by Thomas Maxisch

Wind Ensemble

Founded by Dr. Frederick Harris, Jr. in the fall of 1999, the MIT Wind Ensemble (21M.426) is comprised of undergraduate & graduate MIT students from a wide range of disciplines. Membership is open to students from other area colleges, but priority is given to MIT students. MITWE performs four concerts per year on the MIT campus and one off-campus. The central mission of the MIT Wind Ensemble is the enhancement of the musical education and artistic sensitivity of its members through study and performance of wind ensemble literature.