Percussion and Winds Ensemble (Concert Band): The Percussion and Winds Ensemble is the largest performing instrumental ensemble at ASU and is open to all students with prior experience on a band instrument. The ensemble performs several concerts throughout the academic year, hosts the Top of the Nation Honor Band, works with guest artists and clinicians, and regularly commissions and premieres new works for band.

To join, please contact Dr. Angela Winter at


Chamber Choir: The ASU Chamber Choir is open to all ASU students by audition. Chamber Choir is a small ensemble of about twenty-four singers that performs advanced a cappella repertoire ranging from medieval chant to modern works. The Chamber Choir performs at least twice every semester on campus. Additional performance opportunities include performing at local high schools, touring throughout Colorado and appearances at the Denver Collegiate Choral Festival as well as other festivals and conventions.

Concert Choir: Concert Choir is the largest choral ensemble at ASU and is open to all students. It is made up of students from nearly every discipline in the university. ASU Concert Choir performs at least twice a semester as part of the Music Department’s concert series, performing both traditional and contemporary repertoire. No audition is required for participation.

68 West: The university’s vocal jazz ensemble, 68 West, performs extensively throughout the San Luis Valley. The ten-member a cappella group, under the direction of Dr. Beth Robison, performs a wide variety of jazz and contemporary styles. 68 West has been featured in performances on campus, for public and private community events and in educational programs at San Luis Valley schools. Auditions occur during the summer.

To join, please contact Dr. Beth Robison at


Professor Melinda Leoce is the director of the jazz ensembles at ASU and teaches classes in improvisation. The ASU jazz and rock ensembles perform several full-scale concerts per year, as well as additional performances throughout the region and are frequently joined by guest artists from throughout the country.

To join, please contact Professor Melinda Leocee at


The San Luis Valley Symphony is composed of professional musicians, ASU students and community members. Enrollment is open to ASU string, brass, woodwind, keyboard and percussion students. Music from the standard orchestral repertoire is studied and performed each semester such as works by Bach, Beethoven, Haydn and Dvorak and Tchaikovsky.

To join, please contact Dr. William Lipke at


Percussion at ASU, directed by Professor Melinda Leoce, offers a number of exciting percussion ensembles, including steel band, entertainment drumline, samba band, and contemporary percussion ensemble.  Other opportunities include performing with concert band, orchestra, jazz and rock ensembles.

To join, please contact Professor Melinda Leoce at


Mariachi Corazon del Valle members include ASU students and musicians from Colorado and New Mexico.  They perform extensively throughout the region.

To join, please contact Dr. Beth Robison at

Service Chamber Ensembles

Chamber music ensembles, small groups in which students are playing or singing one on a part, are a vital part of the education of music majors at Adams State University.  It not only provides an opportunity for students to strengthen their technical and artistic competencies, but also to learn about marketing, event planning and essential business and professional skills.  ASU chamber ensembles provide service to campus and community events, outreach to the public schools, and assist recruiting efforts for the university.

Service chamber ensembles include:

  • Mountain Peak Brass Quartet
  • Trinity Flute Trio
  • 68 West (vocal jazz)
  • Alpine Backbeats Drumline
  • Lipke-Johnson Duo (flute and clarinet)
  • ASU Marimba Band
  • Desert Winds Woodwind Quintet
  • Rocky Mountain Panhandlers

If you would like to book an ensemble for an event, please contact 719-587-7621, or email Kara Espinoza at