Who can play in instrumental ensembles at Trevecca?

  • Any student regardless of their major
  • 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. Ensembles provide all students an opportunity for continued musical training, arts education, fellowship and spiritual growth. For music majors, we view the ensemble component of the degree as the practical, daily application of both the private applied study and the 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 on and off campus. Our ensembles tour regularly 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 below. 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 ten 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.

We will be happy to schedule auditions for students interested in joining an ensemble mid-year on a case-by-case basis. If you have questions or would like more information, email Susan Sims at smsims@trevecca.edu or call (615) 248-1536.

Guitar Ensemble

Guitar Ensemble gives students an opportunity to develop sight-reading skills and to improve classical and fingerstyle techniques in an ensemble setting.  Students explore improvisation and refine ensemble skills while playing classical, Latin, Celtic and popular selections. For more information about Guitar Ensemble, please e-mail director Steve Krenz at skrenz@trevecca.edu or call (615) 248-1292.


Commercial Ensemble


The Trevecca Commercial Ensemble is 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 while collaborating with the Commercial Vocal Ensemble. This group is organized each Fall and Spring semester and is by audition only on the first weekend of September. For more information about Commercial Ensemble, please e-mail professor Jeff Cox at jcox@trevecca.edu or call (615) 248-1292.


Jazz Combo

Jazz Combo, under the direction of professor Kelli Cox, allows students 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 professor Kelli Cox at kcox@trevecca.edu or call (615) 248-1292.


Fuse and Element


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


New Music Ensemble

TNU New Music Ensemble is a lab ensemble for composers and students wishing to play/sing new and experimental music written by TNU composers as well as other living composers.  Music is adapted to the makeup of the personnel in the ensemble each semester, with opportunity for each member to play instruments other than her/his major-area instrument.

For more information about the New Music Ensemble, please contact Dr. Eric Wilson at ewilson@trevecca.edu.

Percussion Ensemble

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, students are given a better understanding and appreciation for people of different cultures and values. The TNU Percussion Ensemble is directed by Chris Jones. For more information about Percussion Ensemble, please e-mail him at cgjones2@trevecca.edu or call (615) 248-1288.


TNaz Jazz

TNaz Jazz performs 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 Dr. Matt Murdock at mmurdock@trevecca.edu or call (615) 248-1288.


Trevecca Symphony Orchestra

The Trevecca Symphony Orchestra is a full symphonic orchestra. The TSO operates purely by participation of 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 gesalazar@trevecca.edu 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 a group comprised of about 40 Trevecca students, 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 Erin Elgass. For more information about Wind Ensemble, please e-mail Erin Elgass at epelgass@trevecca.edu or call (615) 248-1288.


Other ensembles offered: Brass Ensemble (contact Dr. Matt Murdock mmurdock@trevecca.edu), and String Ensemble (contact Dr. Davide Diehl ddiehl@trevecca.edu)