JCC offers four credit-bearing ensembles that hold regular rehearsals and perform on and off campus. The ensembles are open without audition to all full- and part-time students, faculty, and JCC employees and offer a rewarding musical experience to all who participate.
The college chorus, under the direction of Brian A. Bogey, is a mixed voice chorus of about 40 singers. Repertoire ranges from choral arrangements of pop tunes from the Beatles and the Beach Boys to masterworks such as Faure's Requiem. Typically, one concert is given each semester in JCC’s Scharmann Theatre. The chorus also participates in an annual tour to bring JCC's music program into area high schools. Additionally, the chorus performs at JCC's commencement ceremony in May.
JCC's concert band is directed by Ralph Rasmusson. The band performs a wide variety of music including orchestral transcriptions, concert marches, and show tunes. Certain instruments may be provided by the college for concert band members.
The jazz ensemble, directed by Ralph Rasmusson, includes a vocal jazz ensemble directed by Michael F. Kelly. The band welcomes flutes, clarinets, coronets, french horns and other lower brass, tubas, and string basses. The jazz ensemble works from written parts. While no member is required to improvise a solo in concert, the jazz ensemble is a great place for a musician who has never performed jazz to become familiar with jazz styles and learn improvisation.
Students at JCC are given the opportunity to participate in their choice of rock ensembles under the direction of Bill Eckstrom. These performing groups are organized to reflect student interests in particular rock styles and artists. Besides the usual instrumentation of guitar, bass guitar, keyboard, and drums, the rock ensembles welcome saxophones, trumpets and trombones, flutes, and vocalists.