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Chamber Music

Learning how to make music with one another is a fundamental aspect of our mission. 

Our faculty serve as coaches for various chamber groups, whether instrumental or vocal, classical or jazz. These small ensembles perform at departmental recitals, local churches and Hope College events. 

Woodwind QuintetCurrent Ensembles

Brazilian Drumming

Brazilian Drumming Rehearsal

The Brazilian Music Ensemble is dedicated to the performance of popular drumming styles from the most influential musical regions of Brazil that include Bahia, Salvador, Pernambuco and Rio de Janeiro. Musical styles that include samba reggae, maracatu, samba afro, batucada, samba de enredo, choro and candomblé are explored through performance and cultural research. In keeping with the folkloric traditions of these styles, the music is primarily learned through the oral/aural tradition and performances seek to present an authentic experience that remains true to the cultural traditions of each musical style.

The Brazilian Music Ensemble is open to any student regardless of major and is a great opportunity to explore the diversity and culture found in Brazil. 

The Brazilian Music Ensemble performs regularly on campus and in the community. Performances include IMAGES, the Spring Fling, and community and school educational outreach performances.


Dr. Christopher Fashun


MUS 160

Flute Choir

Flute Choir, Vespers

Flute Choir is open to any person who would like to continue to play flute. Players of all levels come together to make music and perform in the community and on campus. This group uses bass, alto, C flute and piccolo, playing arrangements and original compositions. Performances vary each semester; past performances include Christmas Vespers, DeVos Showcase, the Holland Museum, a student’s wedding, downtown Holland performances, Freedom Village, Royal Park Place (retirement homes) and churches.  


Professor Julie Sooy


The main objective of chamber music is to explore the repertoire written for specific ensembles through rehearsals, coaching and performances.

  • Ensembles will be formed with the intention of staying together for two–four years (i.e., string quartets); however, less traditional groups may be formed for a semester with permission.
  • Members of each chamber ensemble are required to come to each coaching with their instruments/reeds in working order, music, metronome, tuner and pencil.
  • All chamber ensembles will play a chamber music jury at the end of each semester unless the ensemble performs at least a concert per semester (e.g., departmental student recital, student chamber recital, Musical Showcase). Programs must be submitted to the instructor for approval.
  • Members must be enrolled concurrently in an ensemble and/or music lessons.
  • Attendance at each rehearsal is expected.