Thiel College

Clubs & Activities

Thiel Bands

The Thiel Tomcat Marching Pride is open to any Thiel student with previous band experience and performs at all home football games and at several off-campus events during the fall.

The Thiel Concert Band, also available to any student with prior experience, performs a major concert during the spring. The Thiel Pep Band, Jazz Ensemble and Chamber Ensembles offer students further performance opportunities. Scholarships are available through an audition process.

Thiel Choirs

The Thiel Choir is a 40-voice auditioned choir that performs regularly on campus, in the community and tours annually. The choir tours internationally or on an extended domestic tour every four years.

The Thiel College Chamber Singers is a 16-voice auditioned vocal ensemble and performs at various events throughout the academic year. The Thiel College Handbell Ringers, a four-octave Schulmerich English handbell ensemble, performs major concerts on campus and throughout the community. Choir scholarships are available through an audition process.

Thiel Players

The Thiel Players present two major productions each year, along with a number of smaller productions including student-directed or written pieces. A musical revue occurs annually and a major musical is produced every other year.

Mainstage production choices fall on a three-year rotation. Every three years students will have an opportunity to work on an Classic piece (Greek, Roman, Sanskrit), a period-language piece (Renaissance, Restoration), an early modernist piece (Ibsen, Chekhov), an English language classic (O’Neill, Churchill, Miller), a contemporary play (published within last decade), a musical, and a theater for young audiences production.

All Thiel students are eligible to join. Students can earn a minor in theatre by enrolling in a variety of theatre classes, including acting, directing, technical theatre and theatre history. All members may join Alpha Psi Omega, the national theater honorary fraternity. Scholarships (renewable annually) are available for incoming first-year students who are committed to playing in the theatre. Email Dr. Pete Rydberg for details at prydberg@thiel.edu.

The Symphony

The Greenville Symphony Orchestra (GSO) has been a staple in the community for more than 82 years. The 60- to 70-piece orchestra consists of professional musicians, college students and community members and performs a regular concert series each year, including three large performances and a youth concert.

Conducted by Michael Gelfand, the orchestra consistently draws large audiences from a four-county area. Thiel students are guaranteed an audition. If accepted, they are paid to play with the orchestra.