Instrumental Music Activities

The Chamber Ensemble

The Columbia College Chamber Orchestra is the primary performing ensemble for instrumentalists at Columbia College.  The Chamber Ensemble showcases the chamber and masterworks of composers such as Beethoven, Mozart, Handel, Bach, and many others.

The ensemble is open to strings, including violin, viola, and cello, and bass, as well as woodwinds, including flute, oboe, bassoon, clarinet, horn, and trumpet.  The ensemble is also a community ensemble and is open to professionals, teachers/directors, advanced high school students, and non-major Columbia College students.  Auditions are held once a year in the fall.

The Chamber Ensemble currently performs two concerts a year, one in the fall and one in the spring semester. In addition, the ensemble may perform for campus activities such as Chapels, the Medallion Dinner, special services, and formal recitals.  The CCCE is often invited to perform for community functions such as the South Carolina General Assembly Women’s Caucus Memorial Luncheon, the Wednesdays At Trinity Concert Series, and the South Carolina Independent Colleges & Universities Excellence In Teaching Awards Dinner.

The Chamber Ensemble is directed by Professor J. Aaron Hardwick, conductor.  The Chamber Ensemble was founded by former director Dr. Randy Love in 1979 and has been a hallmark ensemble of Columbia College.

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Jazz Combos Ensemble

For students wanting to add jazz to their Instrumental experiences, Columbia College offers the Jazz Combos Ensemble. This ensemble, which also caters to small instrumental groupings, focuses on the art of improvisation. The Jazz Combos Ensemble is directed by Aletha Jacobs, who, in addition to being a Columbia College graduate in music education, holds a MM Degree in Jazz Studies from the University of South Carolina. Aletha has taught courses in jazz history, performed with established jazz groups such as the Left Bank Big Band, the University of South Carolina’s Vocal Jazz, and the Platters. She has performed with many well-known pop and jazz artists touring through South Carolina. As a freelance artist, Aletha performs with the Augusta and Florence Pop Orchestras and is constantly in demand by the South Carolina jazz community. The Jazz Combos Ensemble is open to all Columbia College students.