Smith's lively community of performance ensembles engage in a wide variety of musical styles. Although some ensembles require an audition, other groups are open to all students. Many students participate in more than one ensemble.
The Smith College Orchestra, Glee Club, and Chorus are faculty-directed ensembles who perform masterpieces from the traditional canon, with works ranging from the Baroque period to the 20th century. These nationally regarded ensembles often engage in premieres of new pieces by leading composers as well as music from the folk and popular canon. Special events include annual collaborations with leading men's choral ensembles and frequent international tours, such as the Smith College Chamber Singers' 2012 tour of Spain. Please visit the links on the right for more information about these illustrious ensembles.
As part of Smith's commitment to ethnomusicology, the Smith Gamelan was founded in 1995 and serves as an immersive ensemble for studying the music of Java. The group is directed by Smith faculty member Margaret Sarkissian and Sumarsam, a Gamelan master and adjunct professor at Wesleyan University.
The music department supports its many student-run a cappella groups who perform throughout New England. The department sponsors Groove a cappella, which consists entirely of members of Glee Club and Chorus and is featured on department choral concerts.
In addition to the various student ensembles noted above, the Sage Chamber Music Society gathers Smith College faculty and friends for performances of chamber music from the seventeenth century through today.