Music Ensembles

Who can play in instrumental ensembles at Trevecca?

  • Any student regardless of their major
  • Student athletes
  • Actors and members of the theatre department
  • Members of student government and residence life
  • Members of the choir ensembles and PR groups
  • TNU faculty, staff, and members of the Nashville community

At Trevecca, we believe music is an essential part of the liberal arts education. Our goal is to provide an outstanding ensemble experience for all Trevecca students. Choral and instrumental ensembles within the School of Music & Worship Arts are open to all students regardless of major. Ensembles provide both music and non-music majors an opportunity for continued musical training, arts education, fellowship and spiritual growth. For our music majors, we view the ensemble component of your degree as the practical daily application of both their private applied study and their core degree music classes including written music theory, aural music theory and music history.

As a member of one of our ensembles, you will learn from expert faculty and take part in performances both on and off campus. Our ensembles tour regularly both within the Southeast Educational Zone of the Church of the Nazarene and abroad. A complete listing and information on all of our ensembles and their directors is available via the navigation menu. If you have questions or would like more information on getting connected with an ensemble, please contact the ensemble's director. 

If you’re interested in making music at Trevecca, we have a place for you!

Instrumental Ensemble Auditions

Instrumental ensemble auditions are held at the beginning of each year. All instrumental auditions are held in the Jackson Center for Music and Worship Arts and last about six minutes. Students should be prepared to play two short (30 seconds to a minute) excerpts of music – one lyrical and one technical, play scales, and/or sight-read. There will also be time to answer any questions you may have about the different ensembles we offer.

For the 2017-18 school year, we will be holding instrumental ensemble auditions on:

  • Thursday, August 24, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
  • Monday, August 28, 2:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.

To register for an August 2017 Instrumental Ensemble Audition, visit the Registration Page.

We will be happy to schedule auditions for students interested in joining an ensemble mid-year on a case-by-case basis. Questions? Want more information? Email Brooke Maschmeier at or call (615) 248-1545.


All instrumental ensembles are open to all Trevecca students regardless of major. Contact the ensemble director for more information.

Guitar Ensemble

Rehearsal: Thursdays at 3 p.m.

Guitar Ensemble gives music majors, minors and elective students an opportunity to develop sight-reading skills and to improve classical and fingerstyle techniques in an ensemble setting.  Students receive an opportunity to explore improvisation on and refine ensemble playing focusing on classical, Latin, Celtic and popular selections.

For more information about Guitar Ensemble, please e-mail the director Steve Krenz at or call (615) 248-1292.


Commercial Ensemble

Rehearsal: Wednesdays and Fridays at 2 p.m.

The Trevecca Commercial Ensemble is a group focused on performing contemporary pop, rock and rhythm and blues literature from 1950 through the present. The group’s members work on developing ensemble playing skills, sight reading, stage deportment and improvisation. This group is organized each Fall and Spring semester and is by audition only. 

For more information about Commercial Ensemble, please e-mail Mr. Jeff Cox at or call (615) 248-1292.


Jazz Combo

Rehearsal: Mondays and Wednesdays at 10 a.m.

Jazz Combo, under the direction of Mrs. Kelli Cox, provides students a chance to explore traditional jazz styles (swing, Latin, cool, bebop, contemporary) and develop improvisational skills in a small ensemble setting. 

For more information about Jazz Combo, please contact Mrs. Kelli Cox at or call (615) 248-1292.


Lab Band

Lab Band 1 meets Tuesday and Thursdays at 12:10 p.m.
Lab Band 2 meets Tuesday and Thursdays at 2 p.m.

Lab Bands 1 and 2 are organized each Fall and Spring semester and focus on today’s exciting contemporary jazz literature. Theses ensembles provide an excellent experience for the more advanced student to refine their improvisational skills performing in a small group setting. While covering a range of different styles within the contemporary jazz element, student members are encouraged to submit arrangements and original compositions of their own choosing. This group is by audition only.
For more information about Lab Band, please e-mail Jeff Cox at or call (615) 248-1292.


Percussion Ensemble

Rehearsal: Mondays 3-3:50 p.m.

The TNU Percussion Ensemble was founded on a foundation of a servant attitude during the 2001-2002 school year to prepare students for performance in small ensemble situations in the professional world. The focal point of the ensemble is the improvement of individual musicianship through cooperation within the ensemble as a whole. The ensemble seeks to help students turn their individual focus on self-improvement toward a broader focus on an ensemble as a whole, thereby adding greatly back to their own individual skills. Students may also find that they are able to reach their potential through the discipline and organization of musical practice and performance while also being exposed to various genres of percussion ensemble music, including different ethnic styles which also give students a better understanding and appreciation for people of different cultures and values. The TNU Percussion Ensemble is directed by Professor Scot Corey.

For more information about Percussion Ensemble, please e-mail Scot Corey at or call (615) 248-1288.


Jazz Ensemble

TNaz Jazz is an ensemble comprised of music majors and non-majors of Trevecca Nazarene University.  The repertoire includes music from the big band era through contemporary jazz.  In addition, the group performs popular vocal songs from Motown/Stax to present day.  The group has performed in every state in our district including performances at Disney, Sweetwater Sound in Fort Wayne, IN and Jackson Square in New Orleans.  The group has been recognized for outstanding musicianship on numerous occasions at the Elmhurst College Jazz Festival in Chicago. 

For more information about TNAZ Jazz, please e-mail Matt Murdock at or call (615) 248-1288.


Trevecca Symphony Orchestra

Rehearsal: Thursdays 7-9 p.m.

The Trevecca Symphony Orchestra has since its inception in 1988 evolved into a full symphonic orchestra. The TSO operates purely by participation by union and non-union musicians, maintaining the integrity of each player’s efforts. The orchestra is non-competitive with a friendly atmosphere and no assigned seating (excluding principal players). The literature is stimulating with an eye toward a balance of historical periods. There is also a detailed rehearsal/performance schedule which provides weekly sequence. The Trevecca Symphony Orchestra is led by competent leadership who seek quality performance within enjoyable rehearsal regimen. The orchestra is directed by Elias Salazar.

For more information about Trevecca Symphony Orchestra, please e-mail Elias Salazar at or call (615) 248-1294.


Vanderbilt Band

Students at Trevecca are invited to participate in the "Spirit of Gold" Marching band through Vanderbilt University. Students play at all home games and receive an all-expenses paid trip to one away game. For details call the Vanderbilt band office at (615)343-BAND.


Wind Ensemble

Rehearsal: Tuesdays from 7:30-9:30 p.m.

The Wind Ensemble is a group comprised of about 40 Trevecca students and alumni and friends of the University.  This group plays a wide variety of wind band literature from pop music to the standard Wind Band repertoire of the 20th and 21st centuries.  Wind Ensemble is led by director Zach Cheever and Dr. David Diehl. 

For more information about Wind Ensemble, please e-mail David Diehl at or call (615) 248-1288.