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Music Ensembles

Whitworth's choral program includes three select ensembles, the Whitworth Choir, Chamber Singers, and the Whitworth Women's Choir, as well as the no-audition-required Men's Chorus. Members of all of the choirs represent a variety of academic majors and celebrate the joy of singing and community through the study and performance of a wide variety of music. The Whitworth Choir, regarded as one of the premier choirs in the Pacific Northwest, leads an active performance, touring, and recording schedule including performances of major works with orchestra. Women's Choir activities include the university's popular Christmas Festival Concerts, which tour to western Washington in December, as well as performances on campus and throughout Spokane. The Men's Chorus offers singers a great place to sing and to serve including joint appearances with other Whitworth music ensembles and presentations at athletic and service events.

The Whitworth Jazz Ensemble has won first place in the college/university division at the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival five times in recent years, competing against schools 10 times Whitworth's size. The ensemble was also selected to perform at five recent Music Educators All-State and All-Northwest conventions and was invited to perform in residence in Italy, Australia, Brazil, and Cuba. The jazz group has toured the western U.S. several times with the wind symphony and has released six CD recordings. There are two jazz bands and six jazz combos in Whitworth's jazz program, plus private lessons in jazz improvisation and jazz arranging.

The Whitworth Wind Symphony has appeared at five state and regional music conferences in the last ten years, including conventions of the Music Educators National Conference and the College Band Directors National Association. The symphony has regularly toured the western United States and Hawaii and has released four CDs. In addition to the Wind Symphony (open by audition only), students may also play in the Whitworth Concert Band, as well as in various chamber ensembles for woodwinds, brass, and percussion.

The Whitworth Symphony Orchestra and String Department are under the direction of violinist and conductor, Philip Baldwin, D.M.A. The orchestra performs literature of the highest quality and features an annual concerto competition and local and regional tours. String players also enjoy many opportunities including performance classes, chamber music, guest master classes and frequent clinics with principal players and conductors of the Spokane Symphony. Whitworth's artist-faculty are current or past members of the Spokane Symphony and active as recitalists, soloists, and chamber musicians.