The rhythm doesn’t stop at Central College! We have endless opportunities available right at your fingertips. Our musical ensembles are open to all students — whether you are a music major, minor or non-major. All you need to do is audition. Let your interests lead the way and participate in one or more ensembles at Central.

Central College A Cappella Choir

A Cappella Choir is one of Central’s most popular music ensembles, led by Mark Babcock ’91, M. Joan Kuyper Farver Endowed Chair in music and professor of music. This auditioned group includes students from almost every major and is a staple at campus events, in Pella and around Central Iowa. A Cappella Choir also tours internationally to locations such as Italy, Romania, China, Germany and Brazil in addition to domestic travel.


Chamber Singers is an auditioned subset of the A Cappella Choir, also directed by Mark Babcock ’91, M. Joan Kuyper Farver Endowed Chair in music and professor of music. In addition to performing in all A Cappella Choir concerts, this group commonly lends their voices to official events around campus! Chamber’s repertoire includes chamber music, jazz and other choral pieces best suited for small ensembles.


The College Community Chorus is uniquely made up of students, faculty, staff and community members! This group performs once each semester and focuses on larger master choral works.


Students perform with musicians in the community throughout the year in the College Community Orchestra! The group creates beauty while exploring musical masterpieces, from classics to world premieres, and is also featured in concert with the College Community Chorus.


The Dutch Boom Drumline performs marching percussion routines during campus and community athletics events, formal ceremonies and parades! There is no experience required to join this group. Dutch Boom Drumline is a great environment for any student interested in learning percussion!

The Flying Pans Steel Drum Band

The Flying Pans Steel Drum Band is a one-of-a-kind ensemble. This group plays on steel pan drums and are known for their theatrical performances, complete with costumes, lights and visual aids. The Flying Pans ensemble is open to any student who has an interest and wants to learn. Director Stan Dahl assistant professor of music, teaches members how to play each kind of drum.

Central College Symphonic Wind Ensemble

Symphonic Wind Ensemble is a concert band made up of brass and wind instruments. This group plays classical wind music around the Des Moines area and beyond! Symphonic Wind Ensemble does not require auditions.