/ Music Department


Here we stress the importance of music across time, from Bach to bluegrass. We invite you to join!

Appalachian String Band

The Appalachian String Band (ASB) is the top small folk ensemble and plays a diverse selection of American roots music. They are just as likely to perform traditional bluegrass as they are to play string band arrangements of electronic hip hop. Recent performances have included repertoire from Bill Monroe to Bjork, and from the Punch Brothers to Sylvan Esso. The ASB performs actively both on campus and off, and recently recorded a full length EP, which is forthcoming. The group is open for participation to all students, regardless of major. Auditions are held in the first week of the fall semester for students playing traditional American string band instruments (acoustic guitar, mandolin, banjo, fiddle, upright bass, dobro, etc.).


Professor Nate Roberts

Course Number

MUS 160

Audition required

Folk Chamber Ensembles

There are multiple small folk ensembles available to interested students, which vary (both in instrumentation and style) according to student participation and interest each year. The groups usually consist of four–seven students. Past ensembles have emphasized Celtic music, bluegrass and the music of the great American singer-songwriters. Auditions are held in the first week of the fall semester and are open to all instruments.


Professor Nate Roberts

Audition required