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Instrumental Ensembles

Instrumental ensembles at the South Carolina School of the Arts provide rigorous ensemble training and performance opportunities. Performing musical styles from classical to contemporary, the instrumental ensembles include:

Joining an ensemble

The ensembles are open to all AU students—regardless of academic major or skill level—whether students want to play for enjoyment or receive more musical training. Auditions may be required to play in certain groups, and merit scholarships are available.

Current students should contact the directors of groups in which they would like to sing for entrance requirements.  Email addresses are provided at the pages linked above.

Prospective students interested in an instrumental scholarship or in participating in an advanced group, please attend one of AU’s Ensemble Audition Days the year before you register as a student.  If necessary, you may arrange an individual audition time by contacting Dr. Andrew Pettus, Director of Instrumental Activities, at or (864) 231-2127.

The benefits

Music should be a part of your life to help make your life better and there is no better training than that offered in an instrumental ensemble. Whether you are pursuing a career as a professional musician or just enjoy playing for fun, being a part of an ensemble teaches discipline, teamwork, and leadership. Members benefit from the opportunity to perform publicly and select students are mentored into paid positions to further develop their skills, such as with churches, schools, marching bands, and even studios.

For more information, contact Dr. Andrew Pettus, Director of Instrumental Activities, at or (864) 231-2127.