College Ensembles

All students, regardless of major, are invited to join Hiram College's vocal and instrumental ensembles. As employers and graduate school programs look for applicants with a broad range of skills and involvement, Hiram ensembles are a great way to enrich your life, express your talents and stand out from the crowd.

Students can join music ensembles at the start of each semester. Rehearsals take place one to two days a week after 4 p.m. Each ensemble performs a concert near the end of each 12-Week session.

Instruments are available to students who do not own one, but would like to participate, and the Music Department has lockers available for storage.

Contact Lisa Miller at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to learn more, or explore our many ensembles:

  • Chamber Singers
  • Western Reserve Women's Chorus
  • Wind Ensemble
  • Chamber Orchestra
  • African Drum Ensemble
  • Top O' The Hill

Hiram College faculty also lead several community ensembles. Learn more. 

Hiram College vocal ensembles provide enriching opportunities for students interested in expressing and developing their vocal talents.

In addition to the College ensembles below, Hiram music faculty lead community ensembles. Learn more about these opportunities to sing and interact with the Hiram community.

The Chamber Singers is a soprano-alto-tenor-bass choir, open to all students, faculty and staff at Hiram. The choir performs music in a wide variety of styles, from Renaissance to contemporary. In addition to performing one on-campus concert per semester, the Chamber Singers sometimes perform off-campus.

Conductor: Dawn Sonntag

The Western Reserve Women's Chorus is an all-female chorus for Hiram students, faculty and staff. The chorus performs a variety of styles and in concert with the Chamber Singers each semester.

Conductor: Dawn Sonntag
The Hiram Hi-Notes is open to Chamber Singers members by invitation. This small soprano-alto-tenor-bass choir performs in concert each semester and at presidential and alumni functions.

The Hiram Hi-Notes were featured on the 2014 Hiram College holiday card:

Conductor: Dawn Sonntag
Hiram College offers several instrumental ensembles for students of all majors and of all talents. The Music Department has instruments and storage space available for interested students who do not own an instrument. Some groups require an audition.

The Hiram Wind Ensemble is the premier instrumental ensemble on campus. The group performs literature of a wide variety and skill level, including cornerstone works for band. Membership in the ensemble is open to all Hiram students (regardless of major), community members and advanced high school students. The wind ensemble performs one concert per semester, and also plays for graduation at the end of the year.

The Department of Music maintains an inventory of instruments for student use in the ensemble. A short audition is required at the beginning of the semester for chair placement.

Conductor: Matthew Salvaggio

The Chamber Orchestra showcases not only Hiram students, but college faculty and friends as well, playing such composers as Bach, Beethoven, Copland, Mozart, Franck, Schubert, Verdi and Vaughan Williams. The repertoire challenges the more experienced musicians, yet allows those with less time to devote to their playing to contribute as well. The orchestra collaborates with other college ensembles.

This campus community drum circle is open to Hiram students, faculty, staff and other residents of all ages. There are sections for both beginners and advanced players. The director is Cleveland percussionist Olugbala Manns. African drums are provided, or players may bring their own.

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