Hopkins Center Ensembles


Eight dynamic performing groups, led by superb professional artists, offer Dartmouth students the chance to work with outstanding professionals in choral music, jazz, gospel, pop, symphonic music, wind band music and contemporary dance.

With the mentorship of resident and visiting artists, students from all corners of campus learn essential and meaningful repertoire. They create new works, collaborate with other Ensembles and play alongside outstanding resident and visiting artists.  

If you sing, play an instrument or dance, consider participating in a Hop Ensemble! 


Upcoming Ensemble Events

Upcoming Ensemble Events

Ensemble Updates

DSO Bartok Watch Party

Virtual Culley Concerto Competition

Registration deadline is October 16th

The Virtual Culley Concerto Competition is open to all currently enrolled Dartmouth College students who play a string, woodwind, brass or percussion instrument. Students do not need to be on campus or on term to participate. 

Grand Prize: $500
First Prize: $300
Second Prize: $100

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Brian Messier named new director of DCWE

Messier is in high demand as a clinician and guest conductor, and specializes in integrating collaborative practice and innovative techniques into the large ensemble setting.

DSO Performs at 2019 Templeton Prize Ceremony

Full-length coverage of the 2019 Templeton Prize ceremony honoring theoretical physicist and cosmologist Marcelo Gleiser on Wednesday, May 29, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium in New York City.

Did you know ...

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More than 200 students participate in Hop Ensembles every year


Dartmouth students connected with visiting artists in 2017/18

Ensembles Fact

Ensemble repertoires range from Baroque and classical to cutting-edge world music and jazz

In the News

Brahms: A German Requiem - 1st Movement -  Jukka-Pekka Saraste & WDR Symphony Orchestra

A Composer’s Unique Take on Life and Death

Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) revealed his deepest feelings about life and death in his “German Requiem” ( Ein Deutsches Requiem, Op. 45). Written over about 10 years starting in his 20s—a period that...

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DSO Travel Diary: Italian Tour

This past winterim as some Dartmouth students sat on couches, the Dartmouth Symphony Orchestra undertook a 10-day concert tour of Italy, along with Hop members at the “Bentley Fellow” level and above...

Ensemble Directors

Filippo Ciabatti
Director, Dartmouth Symphony Orchestra Interim Director, Handel Society & Glee Club
Taylor Ho Bynum
Director, Coast Jazz Orchestra
Brian Messier
Director, Dartmouth College Wind Ensemble
Ahmaya Knoelle Higginson
Guest Director, Gospel Choir
John Heginbotham
Director, Dartmouth Dance Ensemble
Rebecca Stenn
Choreographer-in-Residence, Dartmouth Dance Ensemble

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