Music Department

Performing Ensembles

Reed Orchestra (Mus 104)

Reed Orchestra

Giancarlo Castro, conductor
By audition
Rehearsals: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7:40 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., Kaul Auditorium

Open to all members of the Reed community.

For information, contact Monica Ohuchi at

Reed College Chorus (Mus 105)

reed college chorus

Chorus is a large, mixed-voice choral ensemble open to all members of the wider Reed community including students, faculty, staff, alumni, neighbors and friends. No previous experience required. Performs once per semester. 0/0.5 credit. Shohei Kobayashi, director.
Rehearsals: Wednesdays, 6:10-8:30pm in PAB320

If you would like more information please contact Shohei Kobayashi (

Treble Voices Ensemble (Mus 106)

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Photo by Nina Johnson

Treble Voices Ensemble is a vocal group dedicated to repertoire for soprano and alto voices. Concurrent enrollment in Chorus and/or Collegium is required. Performs once per semester. 0/0.5 credit. Shohei Kobayashi, director.Rehearsals: Mondays, 2:40-4:00pm in PAB320

Collegium Musicum (Mus 107)

Collegium musicum
Photo by Nina Johnson

Collegium Musicum is a mixed-voice chamber ensemble of 20-24 Reed student musicians. Previous vocal ensemble experience and ability to learn music from staff notation and by ear are expected. At least one semester of Chorus (MUS105) and an audition are required. Performs 1-3 times per semester. 0/0.5 credit. Shohei Kobayashi, director.
Rehearsals: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 4:40-6:00pm in PAB 320

Jazz Ensemble (Mus 108)

Reed Jazz Ensemble

John Savage, director

By audition
Rehearsals: Mondays 5:00 - 8:00 PM Kaul Auditorium

Contact John Savage or Monica Ohuchi at with questions.  

Chamber Music (Mus 109)

Reed Chamber Music

This course is designed to introduce students to chamber music literature, and to learn how to rehearse and perform in small ensembles.  Effective chamber music playing requires both individual and group practice time.  Chamber groups will coach with outstanding performing professionals.

Chamber Music Instructors

For information, contact Monica Ohuchi at ext 7472, PAB 102).

American Roots Music Ensemble (Mus 109)

American Roots Music Ensemble

Kenji Bunch, Director 

This practicum offers study of American folk traditions from the 19th and 20th century through applied group learning of songs from this repertoire, both with traditional acoustic instruments (including but not limited to bowed and plucked strings) and vocals. The class operates as a band, democratically choosing songs to learn together and creating arrangements specific to the ensemble's unique abilities.

Current Sounds Collective

This flexible ensemble of 2-10 musicians with open instrumentation will work closely with members of Reed College’s Ensemble in Residence, Portland new music group Fear No Music. Over the course of the semester, participants will prepare selected works of 21st century chamber music for public performance. In addition, students will be encouraged to engage in this ensemble creatively as composer-performers, who may be called upon to compose short works, to collaborate on group compositions, improvise, interpret graphic scores, and incorporate electronic elements into a largely acoustic context. Register for MUS109 (chamber music) and contact Monica Ohuchi ( for more information or questions.


Can I register for lessons or an ensemble if I'm also registered for 4.5 credits?
If you wish to avoid an overload, lessons or ensembles can be taken for 0 credit. 

When are the practice rooms open?
The Practice Suite is open 7am-12am daily. Practice Suite access is reserved for students in the music program (registered for lessons, ensembles, music classes), and practice rooms are on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Students must submit a Practice Agreement Form prior to receiving access to the suite, and adhere to guidelines of the Agreement to retain access through the academic year. For more information, contact Monica Ohuchi (

Does the music department have instruments to loan?
Yes, we have a variety of instruments that can be loaned to students who are in the orchestra or who are taking lessons. For information, contact Monica Ohuchi at

Where can I store my instrument?
Lockers are located on the 3rd floor of the PAB. Large instruments and amplifiers can be stored in large storage rooms. Contact Monica Ohuchi at for lockers or keys to storage rooms.