Arts and Culture at Wake Forest

Arts and Culture at Wake Forest University


WFU Department of Music

The Department of Music at Wake Forest encompasses the breadth of music. Faculty expertise ranges from Spanish vocal literature to nineteenth-century American solo and chamber music; from Beethoven to the tango; from women and music to the music of protest. It offers training in the breadth of studio instruments and both large and small ensembles, as well as two majors, and a wide spectrum of experts who excel within specialized areas yet are committed to an interdisciplinary approach. The department boasts 30 majors and minors and over 200 non-majors taking music courses or performing music.

Whether you are interested in majoring in music or want to pursue music as an avocation, the Department of Music at Wake Forest has something for you! We have outstanding ensembles, including orchestra, choirs, symphonic wind ensemble, concert band, Collegium Musicum, jazz ensemble, and chamber music. We offer individual instruction in voice, piano, and all orchestral and band instruments. The Department offers two majors, one in Music Performance, the other in Music in Liberal Arts. We have an outstanding faculty that includes internationally recognized performers and scholars. With our affiliated Secrest Artists Series, we offer the opportunity to hear world-class concerts. We have outstanding facilities and one of the finest concert halls in the area. We invite you to join us—to visit a class, sit in on a rehearsal, or attend a concert—and become an active participant in music at Wake Forest!

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Music: Spring 2015 Highlights

Alisa Weilerstein and Inon Barnatan

057E88A4-E0BB-8125-56527B746F0DDBCAThursday, April 16, 2015, 7:30 PM, Brendle Recital Hall. (Location/Directions/Parking)Individually accomplished and revered musicians, world-renowned cellist Alisa Weilerstein and pianist Inon Barnatan have now come together in an exciting new chamber music collaboration. Inon Barnatan has an established career as a touring soloist at festivals and concerts and has recently been appointed as the New York Philharmonic’s first Artist in Association. Similarly, Alisa Weilerstein’s career includes engagements across the United States and Europe. Together, Barnatan and Weilerstein’s combination of unparalleled technique, voicing, and passion makes them the perfect pairing.

Added January 5th

Music: Fall 2014 Highlights

SHIRSweet Honey in the Rock

Thursday, October 9, 2014, 7:30 PM | Wait Chapel — Sweet Honey in the Rock is rooted in a deeply held commitment to create music out of the rich textures of African American legacy and traditions. This Grammy Award-nominated group possesses a stunning vocal prowess that captures the complex sounds of blues, spirituals, traditional gospel hymns, rap, reggae, African chants, hip hop, ancient lullabies, and jazz improvisation. Sweet Honey’s collective voice, occasionally accompanied by hand percussion instruments, produces a sound filled with soulful harmonies and intricate rhythms. 2015 marks the 40-year anniversary of the a-capella ensemble.

20th Annual Halloween Orchestra Concert

Friday, October 31 at midnight | Scales Fine Arts Center, Brendle Recital Hall — New freshmen and returning upper-classmen will find new forays into flights of fearful and fateful fancy that will haunt the entire Halloween audience. Faculty will plan a plot the students know nothing about while students prepare tricks the faculty know nothing about, all while performing haunting, comedic, and triumphant music. It is rumored that time-travel will be a part of this year’s plot! Come join in the hijinks!

Added September 8th

Music: Spring 2014 Highlights

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Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. — A solo pianist with a winning combination of superb musicianship and technical brillance. The Secrest Artists Series presents world-class performances free of charge to students, faculty, and staff at Wake Forest. For more information, see the Secrest website.

Viva Voce! World Voice Day Celebration

Wednesday, April 16 at 7:00 p.m. — In celebration of World Voice Day 2014, join members of the Wake Forest University Departments of Music, Theatre and Dance, and the Wake Forest Baptist Health Center for Voice and Swallowing Disorders, on an exploration of the amazing human voice. The interactive presentation will examine the complexities of the voice, both from the inside and out.

Added March 3rd

Music: 2013-2014 Secrest Series Schedule


Jerusalem Quartet

The Secrest Artists Series presents world-class performances free of charge to students, faculty, and staff at Wake Forest. For more information, see the Secrest website »

The Carolina Chocolate Drops — African-American string band
Thursday, Sept. 12, 7:30 p.m., Wait Chapel

The Jerusalem Quartet — a string ensemble of passion, precision and warmth
Tuesday, Oct. 8, 7:30 p.m., Brendle Recital Hall

Cantus Vocal Ensemble with Theatre Latte in “All is Calm” — recalling the WWI Christmas night truce through a capella voices



Thursday, Nov. 21, 7:30 p.m., Brendle Recital Hall

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra — a conductor-less, collaborative and innovative chamber orchestra
Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014, 7:30 p.m., Wait Chapel

Xiayin Wang — solo pianist with a winning combination of superb musicianship and technical brilliance
Thursday, April 10, 2014, 7:30 p.m., Brendle Recital Hall

Added September 19th