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Primary Ensembles

Wind Ensemble

    University String Orchestra


    String Area Faculty


    Wind Ensemble/Concert Band

    The Wind Ensemble is one of the University's premier performing ensembles and is open to all students, regardless of academic major. Prerequisite: High School Band experience or Director approval. Rehearsals begin the first week of school in the Fall and Spring semesters.

    The ensemble seeks to broaden performance and pedagogical skills through the programming of quality wind band literature that ranges from cornerstones of the repertoire through contemporary works.

    The Wind Ensemble also serves as a vehicle that equips music performance and education degree students with rehearsal and performance techniques that will foster growth and maturity in their performing ensembles after graduating and entering the field of music performance and music education.

    Woodwind Area Faculty:
    • Andrea Artley (Flute)
    • Shane Werts (Oboe)
    • Jeffrey McCray (Bassoon)
    • Pam Diaz (Clarinet)
    • Gordon Shaffer (Saxophone)
    Brass Area Faculty: String Faculty:
    • Jason Thompson (Bass)
    Piano Faculty: Percussion Faculty:

    University Choirs and Vocal Ensembles

    Concert Choir and Chamber Choir; Vocal Jazz Ensemble

    The Concert Choir is open to all students throughout the University student body who have an interest in singing in a vocal ensemble that studies and performs a wide variety of choral music. An entrance audition is required only for the purpose of assigning voice parts; this audition is not a prerequisite to enrollment.

    The Chamber Choir is a select ensemble and membership is earned by vocal auditions from primarily voice majors. Other music majors and members of the student body at large may audition for openings in the ensemble as they occur. This ensemble is a performance-oriented group with special emphasis on a cappella literature including secular and sacred repertoire. Extra rehearsals are scheduled as needed for preparation.

    The Vocal Jazz Ensemble maintains a membership of 6-12 students who are experienced in jazz, popular, and other contemporary styles of music. Primarily student-centered with regards to selection of repertoire and development of individual voice parts, this ensemble works closely with the University Jazz Ensembles to plan, rehearse, and perform, and frequently travels to schools and other venues to represent the Music Department and University. Extra rehearsals are scheduled as needed for preparation. 

    Conducting: Voice:

    Guitar Ensemble

    Open to classical, steel, and electric guitar players of all ability levels.

    Ensembles will be arranged every semester according to ability level with a variety of styles studied for performance. Performances are given on and off campus as opportunities arise however the ensembles are required to perform a concert at the end of the Spring semester on campus.


    Piano Ensemble

    Open to qualified piano players by audition. Piano ensembles of varying sizes are organized each semester. Performances are given on and off campus as opportunities arise.


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