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, create new works and work with outstanding resident and visiting artists.  

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

Each year, the Hop presents the exceptional talents of Dartmouth students through performances by its seven concert ensembles plus the Marching Band. A distinguished professional director leads each group, and students often engage deeply with guest artists through residency programs. Ensemble repertoires range from Baroque and classical to cutting-edge world music and jazz—including the work of composers commissioned by the Hop. 

Ensemble Updates

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.

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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.

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
Walt Cunningham
Director, Gospel Choir
John Heginbotham
Director, Dartmouth Dance Ensemble
Rebecca Stenn
Choreographer-in-Residence, Dartmouth Dance Ensemble

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