The World Music Ensemble program is one of the nation's largest and most comprehensive, offering instruction and performance opportunities in diverse world music traditions.
African Music and Dance
The African Music and Dance Ensemble performs music from all across Sub-Saharan Africa. Recently, the ensemble has performed Ashanti drumming and Ga xylophone music from West Africa, amadinda xylophone music from Uganda and Kiganda court music from the kingdom of Buganda, which includes various string instruments, drumming, vocal styles and dance.
Specializes in the performance of sacred music from the African-American tradition. Both traditional and contemporary works and arrangements are performed. The Gospel Choir performs frequently at both on- and off-campus events.
Known as "Aconcagua," after the tallest mountain in the Andes (and in the Western Hemisphere), this ensemble performs music from the many traditions of the South American central Andes (Chile, Argentina, Bolivia, Peru, and Ecuador). The instrumentation includes kenas, sikus, tarkas, charangos, guitars, arpa índigena, bombo, and cajon.
"Sekaa Gong Hanuman Agung" performs both traditional and contemporary gamelan music of Bali, as well as works for gamelan by Western composers. Focusing on both gong kebyar and baleganjur gamelan styles, this ensemble features 25-30 musicians playing on a spectacular set of handmade gongs, metallophones, drums, cymbals, and flutes from Bali, Indonesia.
A workshop ambience led by artist-in-residence Charles Atkins provides the opportunity for both vocalists and instrumental participants to learn and perform traditional and contemporary blues music, as well as music of blues-related traditions including rhythm and blues, rock and roll, and soul.
The Chinese Music Ensemble includes instruction and performance on various Chinese instruments, with a current emphasis on the zheng. Other instruments in the College of Music’s collection include pipa, qin, erhu, ruan, dizi, yangqin, sheng, suona, and xiao. Chinese song and percussion traditions have also been featured on recent concert programs.
This ensemble focuses on traditional and neo-traditional Irish fiddle repertoire, which is taught in a traditional oral-aural manner. Singing and dance traditions are encompassed within the range of repertoire, and other instruments used in Irish traditional music (guitars, tinwhistle, flute, bodhrán) are included in the ensemble as well.
"Salsa Florida" includes instrumentalists and vocalists interested in commercial and popular Latin music, with a special emphasis on the genre of salsa. The ensemble plays on and off campus for a number of events each year and has appeared recently for state, regional, and national meetings of professional musical organizations.
"Mas 'n Steel," a Trinidadian-style steelband, consists of "pans" made by Manette, Alexis, and Reynolds. The ensemble offers instruction on all instruments, and performs frequently at FSU and throughout the state of Florida as part of its activities. Repertoire includes traditional works for steelband, Panorama compositions, and a wide range of arrangements encompassing classical, jazz, and popular music styles.