Music Ensembles

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!


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

Guitar Ensemble

Guitar Ensemble performs a diverse range of guitar repertoire on mainly acoustic instruments.

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


Commercial Ensemble

Commercial Guitar performs a diverse range of music from Classic Rock to Contemporary Christian music on amplified instruments. This group consists of guitars (lead, rhythm and bass) as well as a vocalist, keyboard and drummer.

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


Jazz Combo

The Jazz Combo is a chamber ensemble that focuses on repertoire and improvisation.

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


Lab Band


A mixed ensemble that will explore different genres each semester.
For more information about Lab Band, please e-mail Jeff Cox at or call (615) 248-1292.


Percussion Ensemble

The TNU Percussion Ensemble was founded during the 2001-2002 school year, based on the following guidelines:


  • To prepare students for performance in small ensemble situations in the professional world.
  • The focal point is the improvement of individual musicianship through cooperation within the ensemble as a whole.
  • The foundation for all of this is a Servant attitude.


  • To help students turn their individual focus on self-improvement towards a broader focus on an ensemble as a whole, thereby adding greatly back to their own individual skills.
  • To help students reach their potential through the discipline and organization of musical practice/performance.
  • To expose the students to various genres of percussion ensemble music, including different ethnic styles, which also give students a better understanding/appreciation for people of different cultures and their values.

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


Jazz Ensemble

The Jazz Ensemble is comprised of both majors and non-majors that attend Trevecca Nazarene University.
For more information about TNAZ Jazz, please e-mail Matt Murdock at or call (615) 248-1288.


Trevecca Symphony Orchestra

The Trevecca Symphony Orchestra has since its inception in 1988 evolved into a full symphonic orchestra. The TSO operates under a five point outline.

  1. Purely volunteer participation by union and non-union musicians, maintaining the integrity of each player's efforts.
  2. Non-competitive, friendly atmosphere with no assigned seating (excluding principal players).
  3. Stimulating literature with an eye toward a balance of historical periods.
  4. Detailed rehearsal/performance schedule which provides weekly sequence.
  5. Competent leadership who seeks quality performance within enjoyable rehearsal regimen.

For more information about Trevecca Symphony Orchestra, please e-mail David Diehl 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

The Wind Ensemble is comprised of both Trevecca students and community players and performs a diverse selection of contemporary and traditional band music.

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


Choral Ensembles

Who Sings in choirs at Trevecca?

  • Any student regardless of their major
  • Student athletes
  • Actors and members of the theatre department
  • Members of student government & residence life
  • Members of the Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, Jazz Band, and PR groups
  • TNU faculty, staff, and members of the Nashville community

Trevecca Sings!

Choral singing has a rich tradition at Trevecca Nazarene University. We seek to honor the Lord by continually raising the standard of excellence in choral singing so clearly inherent throughout the history of the university. We strive to provide outstanding choral ensemble experiences for all Trevecca students, preparing them for a lifetime of contributing to the church and greater choral world community. Each of our choral ensembles offers singers an opportunity for the refinement of their vocal and musicianship skills in a collaborative environment of fellow believers. At Trevecca you will sing choral music of all styles and varieties, including great choral-orchestral masterworks, and tour the world. Trevecca’s choral program also supports the activities of future church musicians, choir directors, and choral music educators by sponsoring a student chapter of the American Choral Directors Association. To learn more about the choirs we offer, contact Dr. Thomas Lerew at or call 615-248-1571.

Choral Placement Hearings

Singing in choir allows students to contribute to something greater than their individual selves. It allows them to form new friendships and worship the Lord through music. Regardless of past experience or musical ability, we have a choir for you! We know that the thought of singing alone for professors may seem a bit daunting. But, we encourage you to think of the hearing more as an opportunity for experienced faculty to guide you in selecting the choral ensemble that best fits your interests and skill sets. Remember, we have a choir for every student. We WANT you to sing with us!

Choral placement hearings for Trevecca choral ensembles are held at the beginning and end of each year. Current students will be heard at the end of the spring semester (during finals week) for the following school year.  Hearings for new students, students that have never sung in a Trevecca choir before, or students that were studying off-campus during the previous spring semester are held at the very beginning of the fall semester.

All choral placement hearings are held in the Jackson Center for Music and Worship Arts (Room 209) and last about eight minutes. No preparation is necessary! The hearing consists of vocalization (listening to your tone and determining your vocal range), tonal memory exercises, and a brief sight-singing passage (don’t worry, just do your best). You may bring a prepared piece from your voice lessons to perform or simply sing the first verse of “Amazing Grace” – either option is fine! There will also be time to answer any questions you may have about the different choirs we offer.

For the 2017-18 school year, we will be holding choral placement hearings on:

  • Friday, April 28, 12-2 p.m. & 3-5 p.m.
  • Monday, May 1, 10-11 a.m., 12-2 p.m. and 3-5 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 3, 12-2 p.m.
  • Friday, August 25, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (new students only)
  • Monday, August 28, 2-6 p.m.
  • Tuesday, August 29, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

To register for an August 2017 Choral Placement Hearing, visit the Registration Page:

We will be happy to schedule hearing appointments for those students interested in joining a choir mid-year on a case-by-case basis. Questions? Want more information? Email Dr. Thomas Lerew at or call (615) 248-1571.

TNU Singers

Established in the fall of 2016, the TNU Singers is the premiere traditional choral ensemble at Trevecca Nazarene University. Membership is composed of the university’s most skilled singers across all academic areas of the university, not just music.  The ensemble strives for the highest levels of choral artistic excellence and performs a variety of repertoire from mass settings of the renaissance era, to choral-orchestral masterworks, to contemporary compositions of today. In addition to performing on-campus concerts throughout the year, the TNU Singers showcase Trevecca’s choral program by singing at local schools and churches, and by touring throughout the southeast United States. The TNU Singers are conducted by Dr. Thomas Lerew.

For more information about University Singers, please e-mail the director at or call (615) 248-1571.


Mon/Wed/Fri 12:00-12:50 p.m. & Tues/Thurs 12:10-1:00 p.m.

Concert Choir

Mon/Wed/Fri 3:00-3:50 p.m.

The Concert Choir offers a singing experience to students, staff, and community members from every area of Trevecca life.  This entry-level ensemble is non-auditioned and seeks to instill the necessary musicianship skills of aural and notational music literacy, ensembleship and vocal development necessary to audition into higher levels of the Trevecca choral music program. The repertoire consists of music from various historical eras of the Western canon as well as traditional and contemporary repertoire throughout the world. songs, to hymns, to spirituals, Concert Choir pursues sensitivity in their musicianship and excellence in performance.

For more information about Concert Choir, please e-mail the director, Dr. Thomas Lerew, at or call (615) 248-1571.

Commercial Vocal Ensemble

Mon/Wed/Fri 1:00-1:50 p.m.

The Commercial Vocal Ensemble performs standard jazz, Pop, contemporary Christian, and much more. The ensemble performs a cappella, with piano accompaniment, and with occasional instrumental support. Auditions are held in late April and August. Students admitted are expected to commit to a full year. Commercial Vocal Ensemble is open to all students regardless of major.

For more information about Commercial Vocal Ensemble, please e-mail Prof. Caroline Henneberry at or call (615) 248-1288.

Gospel Choir

Mon/Wed/Fri 12:00-12:50 p.m.

Gospel Choir performs all types of church music with an emphasis on contemporary praise and worship songs. The choir travels throughout the Southeast Educational Zone of the Nazarene Church representing Trevecca Nazarene University. Gospel Choir is designed as a campus choir and is not exclusively for music majors. All students are welcome!

For more information about Gospel Choir, please e-mail Marvin Jones at or call (615) 248-1288.

ACDA at Trevecca

American Choral Directors Association

Founded in 1959, the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) is a nonprofit music-education organization whose central purpose is to promote excellence in choral music through performance, composition, publication, research, and teaching.  In addition, ACDA strives through arts advocacy to elevate choral music's position in American society.

Membership & Benefits

The student chapter of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) at Trevecca exists to support the goals of the nationwide ACDA, to equip TNU choral students with the tools necessary to succeed in the worlds of professional and educational choral music and to support the efforts of choral ensembles within the School of Music & Worship Arts.

Membership in ACDA will benefit any student who may one day be in the position of directing a choir.  This includes music education students, vocal performance students, commercial music students, future worship leaders, and music composition students.  TNU-ACDA will help you by providing practical experiences and a deeper understanding of the choral field.  Nationally, ACDA membership consists of choral directors who represent more than one million singers across the United States. ACDA members teach choral music in public and private schools — kindergarten through senior high school — and at the college and university levels.  They conduct a variety of choral groups, including boy choirs, children's choirs, men's and women's choruses, junior and senior high school choirs, college and university choruses, ethnic choirs, vocal jazz ensembles, and symphony choruses.  They also conduct choirs in their communities and in the church.

In order to experience the full benefits of being a member, the student chapter encourages everyone to become a member of ACDA.  Student membership costs only $35 per year.

Activities & Events

We provide a chapter lecture series that brings experienced vocal music professionals to campus to share their knowledge and techniques.  We create opportunities to go off-campus to observe rehearsals or view performances of the highest caliber.  We maintain a fundraising program that provides assistance to chapter members attending ACDA conferences.  In an attempt to increase the excellence of everyone’s college choral experience, we work to recruit students for Trevecca’s choral ensembles.  The student chapter is planning to send a delegation to the Southern Division ACDA Conference in Louisville, KY from February 21-24, 2018.

Support Choral Music at Trevecca

Choirs at Trevecca rely on the help of our Friends of Choral Music throughout the year.  In addition to collaborating with us to set up concerts, we seek your assistance in meeting the financial needs of the choral program. The Friends of Choral Music fund exists to support the activities of the choral program that go beyond our normal operational budget. Most importantly, this fund seeks to allow students, for whom it would not be financially possible, to participate in our international choir tours. We make every effort to provide a yearly domestic touring experience free of charge to every student, however, travels abroad are often more costly than our students can afford.  The generous donations of our supporters facilitate many of our students wishing to participate in overseas tours to do so. If you are interested in helping the choral program and our exceptional students, please contact Dr. Thomas Lerew at or 615-248-1571.