Performance Ensembles

All participants in ensembles must show proof of COVID-19 vaccination.

The Performing Arts Department welcomes students from all majors and pre-majors into its music ensembles. Before auditioning, note your ensemble's meeting time and leave room in your schedule. Registration is done by permission of the music director of each ensemble.

The College Singers

Renee Heitmann, conductor

Co-sponsored by The Performing Arts Department and the Student Government Association, The College Singers is a vocal ensemble with a focus on musical theatre repertoire. As this is both a class and a club, students may participate for course credit (MUS 249, one credit hour) or for their own enjoyment.

The chorus performs one public concert per semester: a themed concert in the fall and a full concert format musical in the spring. While preparing concert material, participants learn choral musicianship, expand personal musical ability and foster an appreciation of music.

The College Singers welcomes all voices, but an audition is required of non-musical theatre majors. Students interested in auditioning should attend a rehearsal during the first week of classes. Rehearsals are Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 3 - 3:50 p.m. in Dowd Fine Arts Center, Room 111. Those interested should contact the Director, Renee Heitmann at

The Choral Union

David Neal, conductor

The Choral Union is a large chorus made up of students and community members, sponsored collaboratively by SUNY Cortland and the Dan & Rose McNeill Foundation.

The ensemble performs on the SUNY Cortland campus in Brown Auditorium, and at a newly appointed community arts venue located at 19 Church Street in downtown Cortland. Repertoire in recent semesters has focused on recent compositions by American composers.

No audition is required for The Choral Union. Students may participate for credit (MUS 240, one credit hour). Rehearsals are held on Tuesday evenings from 7-9 p.m. in Dowd Fine Arts Center, Room 111. For more information, please contact Professor David Neal, at or at 607-753-4565.

The College-Community Orchestra

Max Buckholtz, conductor

The College-Community Orchestra is comprised of students and members of the community. rehearses on Monday from 7-9 p.m. in Rose Hall - 19 Church Street. Students may receive course credit (MUS 256, one credit hour).

Auditions will be held during the first two rehearsals during the first week of classes. The College-Community Orchestra is co-sponsored by SUNY Cortland and the Dan & Rose McNeill Foundation. Those interested should contact the Director, Max Buckholtz at