If you have a very small organization, or an organization with only one or two Ensembles, then you might not need to create multiple Ensemble Categories. You don’t need to add unnecessary levels of complexity to your site and make getting to your performing group take longer than needed.

However, even a small organization can benefit from using Ensemble Categories to help separate and highlight the different groups in your organization. Ensemble Categories are used to group related performing groups together, and to help visitors find the information about your groups they are looking for. Below are some examples of how you might categorize your performing groups, even for smaller organizations.

Categories are bold headings and Ensembles are bulleted.

Band Program

Concert Bands

  • Symphonic Winds
  • Concert Band
  • Beginning Band

Marching Band

  • Color Guard
  • Dance Team
  • Drumline

Chamber Ensembles

  • Woodwind Choir
  • Brass Choir
  • Percussion Ensemble
  • Jazz Ensemble

Choir Program


  • Concert Choir
  • Show Choir
  • Gospel Choir
  • Women’s Choir
  • Men’s Choir

Chamber Choirs

  • Chamber Choir
  • Madrigal Singers
  • Barbership Quartet


  • Opera
  • Musical

Orchestra Program


  • Full Orchestra
  • String Orchestra

Small Ensembles

  • Chamber Orchestra
  • String Quartet
  • Pit Orchestra

Creating Ensemble Categories

To create an Ensemble Categories, do the following:

  1. From your Dashboard, navigate to Ensembles > Ensemble Category
  2. All existing Categories display on the right.
  3. On the left, enter the Name of your new Category in the Add New Ensemble Category field
  4. You can optionally enter a “slug” in the Slug field. WordPress will generate a slug based on your category name of you skip this step. Slugs are added to the URL of WordPress content.
  5. Select a Parent Category if needed. Ensemble Categories can have a Parent/Child relationship for a more detailed organizational structure. For example, you might have a parent Ensemble Category called “Percussion”, then child categories for “Percussion Ensemble”, “Steel Band” and “Drumline”. Add a Parent category first, then select that Parent when adding Child categories.
  6. Enter an optional Description. The description appears only in your Dashboard, but can help you distinguish what your Ensemble Category means.
  7. Click the Add New Ensemble Category button when you are finished.
  8. You can continue to add more Ensemble Categories on this screen. Just continue to add all of the information above and click the Add New Ensemble Category button each time.

Reorder Ensemble Categories

By default, Ensemble Categories appear in reverse order, last created at the top. This applies only to Parent categories; Child categories always display immediately under their parent, although also in reverse order as created. You can rearrange the order of Parent and Child categories by clicking and dragging the titles up or down the stack. Changes to order are automatically saved.

Setting the order you want is important, because this is the order that your Ensembles will appear on the Ensemble Categories pages on your Cadenza website. For example, on your Percussion Category page, you may want “Drumline” to appear at the top. But if you created it first, it will appear at the bottom by default. Reorder your categories in the Categories List to change the order on your site.

Editing Ensemble Categories

You may edit your Ensemble Category names at any time by navigating back to the Ensembles > Ensemble Category screen. Hover over the Ensemble Category name you want to edit and click the Edit or Quick Edit links. The Edit link allows you to edit the Name, Slug, Parent Category and Description information.The Quick Edit link allows you to edit the Name and Slug. Click the Update Ensemble Category button when you are finished to save your changes.

Ensembles originally published under the previous Ensemble Category will now appear under the new Ensemble Category.