Since its inception in 1938, the Heidelberg Concert Choir has achieved the distinction of being one of the premier collegiate choral ensembles. Open to all Heidelberg students, regardless of major, the Concert Choir performs more than fifteen concerts each year, including a domestic tour and a performance of Handel's Messiah.
The Heidelberg University-Community Chorus, founded in 1992, is a 60 to 80 voice mixed chorus comprised of singers from both Heidelberg and the surrounding community. The ensemble continues to meet its goal of enriching the community through concert performance and choral music education. In addition to presenting regularly scheduled concerts, members of the chorus perform in the annual Messiah concert.
The Chamber Singers are selected from the membership of the Concert Choir and specialize in both early and contemporary music.
The Singing Collegians is a showchoir designed for students interested in performing popular music. Participants are chosen at a spring audition from the membership of the Concert Choir and the College-Community Chorus. The group performs a variety of musical styles including popular, jazz, and Broadway standards.
The College-Community Orchestra includes fine musicians from the Heidelberg and its surrounding community. Music is drawn from standard symphonic literature, utilizing both chamber and full orchestrations. The ensemble performs at least twice each semester. Admission by audition or permission.
The Symphonic Band is made up of talented musicians selected by audition from the entire Heidelberg population. The band performs regularly scheduled campus concerts, as well as festival, convention, and tour concerts on occasion. Literature is chosen from standard and contemporary band repertoire, utilizing various instrumental combinations.
Performances at home football games and the New Student Assembly consist of popular music from recent decades. It is open to all students and no audition is required.
Open to students desiring experience in the Jazz idiom. In addition to contemporary styles, traditional styles are learned and performed. Admission is by audition. Ability to improvise is not necessary. Woodwind and brass players are chosen from the Symphonic band.
Active instrumental chamber ensembles include Flute Choir, Clarinet Choir, Saxophone Ensemble, Wind Quintet, Trombone Choir, Tuba Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble; others are offered according to demand.