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 perform pieces from various repertoires, including key pieces from the Baroque, Classical, and Romantic periods, 20th-century works (including some composed by Smith faculty and staff) and works from the folk and popular canon as well. The choral ensembles and orchestra collaborate for the annual Vespers concert in December and for annual choral/orchestral masterworks, such as Orff's Carmina Burana and Verdi's Requiem. Highlights of such collaborations include a trip to Carnegie Hall to perform Beethoven's Ninth Symphony with the University of Michigan Men's Glee Club. Other special events include 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.
Smith is proud of its many student-run a cappella groups who perform throughout New England. The music 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 Smith Chamber Music Society gathers Smith College faculty and friends for performances of chamber music from the seventeenth century through today.