Types of Ensembles

There are many different types of groups in classical music.

You can browse through them here and see what kind of pieces they’re likely to play.

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wide view of small orchestra playing


What is an Orchestra? An orchestra is a group of musicians that can vary in size from 25 to over 100. They are made up of different sections of instruments:  String, woodwind, brass and percussion. There are different types of orchestras.  Chamber, Symphony and Philharmonic.

Piano trio


What is a trio? A trio is a group of three musicians. They can be made up of different arrangements of instruments. The Piano Trio is the most popular trio arrangement.   *image via Tom Ford Flickr

String Quartet, 2 violinists, a viola player and a cellist


What is a quartet? A quartet is a group of four musicians playing together or singing together. You can have different variations of instruments in a quartet. The most popular are the string quartet and the piano quartet. *Featured image Arianna String Quartet, image via Ching, Flickr

brass quintet


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