Music Ensembles


Marching Band: The Eagle Marching Band is one of the most exciting and vital organizations on campus. It is the focal point of pride and enthusiasm in support of the Eastern Eagle Football NCAA Division 1 FCS Team. Like us on Facebook!

Code Red: Code Red is Eastern’s premier pep band, performing at selected EWU basketball and volleyball games, as well as other campus and community events and recruiting tours. Code Red is comprised of the most elite and dedicated musicians from the marching band, and therefore all members of Code Red are required to play in the Eagle Marching Band. Membership is by audition.

Symphonic Band: The Symphonic Band is a full-sized concert band performing once per quarter on campus. The band’s full size and balanced instrumentation allow the group to draw its literature from the best of traditional and contemporary repertoire. Rehearsals are limited to two per week.

Wind Ensemble: The Eastern Wind Ensemble is comprised of the most outstanding wind and percussion students on campus. The group is dedicated to the performance of the finest in wind literature from all musical periods. Members are selected by audition and the group performs extensively on and off campus.


If you want to sing, there’s a place for you in our choral program! Some choirs require an audition or placement interview — auditions will be held Sept. 22–24. Feel free to reach out to Kristina Ploeger-Hekmatpanah, Director of Choral Activities, with any question or inquiries at or 509.280.2285.

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Symphonic Choir

The Symphonic Choir is the premier touring concert choir at Eastern. Membership is by audition and students who are selected are expected to commit to a full year of participation. The group performs choral concerts each quarter in the Spokane area, tours every spring, and convention performances. The Symphonic Choir collaborates with the EWU Orchestra to present standard choral/orchestral works as well as repertoire of varying styles by composers new and old. The Symphonic Choir has also enjoyed collaborations with the Spokane Symphony (Spokane’s Professional Symphony) and Chorale.

Symphonic Choir Audition Packet

Collegians (Vocal Jazz I)

Collegians (Vocal Jazz I) is dedicated to learning and performing vocal jazz. Members are selected by auditions that are open to all enrolled EWU students. Members of Collegians must be willing to commit to a full year of membership. Because of the nature of this ensemble, run-out concerts are scheduled each quarter, and the members of this ensemble must have flexible schedules to allow them to perform often. Student are required to provide their own formal wear/concert attire. Performances include the quarterly choral concerts on campus, educational outreach concerts, entertainment/banquet performances, touring, and convention performances.

Collegians Audition Packet

Vocal Jazz II

Vocal Jazz II is a non-auditioned jazz choir at Eastern dedicated to learning and performing Vocal Jazz. Membership is open to all EWU students and those who sign up for the class are expected to commit to full participation that quarter. The group performs at jazz concerts and solo nights.

Concert Choir

Concert Choir is a non-auditioned choir at Eastern. Membership is open to all EWU students and those who sign up for the class are expected to commit to full participation that quarter. The group performs choral concerts at least once a quarter with the Symphonic Choir.


Jazz Bands: Eastern’s Jazz Program is one of the most exciting and progressive in the Northwest! In addition to performing music from the standard jazz big band repertory, jazz ensembles perform new literature, including works by nationally and internationally recognized composers and arrangers, as well as compositions and arrangements by the outstanding faculty and students at Eastern.

Jazz Combos: Students have the opportunity to explore jazz and jazz improvisation in small group settings and be coached by one of our outstanding jazz instructors. Jazz combos perform regularly throughout the quarter.

Vocal Jazz Choirs: In the premiere vocal jazz ensemble at Eastern, the auditioned members enjoy intense study and performances in jazz, which includes learning about the entire spectrum of vocal jazz, improvisation and jazz styling. “EWU Vocal Jazz ” performs frequently throughout the year, including Inland Northwest concerts, tours, and a spotlighted performance at the Eastern Jazz Festival. For those interested in the ultimate vocal jazz experience, “EWU Vocal Jazz” is the place to be.


The EWU Symphony Orchestra is open to both music majors and qualified non-majors. Faculty, staff, and community members who wish to participate in a challenging orchestral experience are also welcome. For students with class conflicts, there is some flexibility with regards to rehearsal attendance.

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Chamber Groups

Students at EWU are encouraged to explore and perform a wide variety of chamber music, ranging from classical masterpieces to contemporary compositions. Chamber groups regularly consist of string quartets, strings with piano, and strings with winds and have weekly coaching with faculty members. Other times are also available for group rehearsal and coaching. Chamber music performances are regularly presented on EWU recitals and convocations.