The Wind Ensemble presents standard works as well as newly commissioned pieces and has gained wide recognition for diverse and creative programming. The ensemble has been featured at the California Music Educators’ Association conferences, the College Band Directors’ National Association conferences, as well as other national and international venues.
The Chamber Orchestra performs a broad, eclectic range of repertoire for both chamber and full orchestra and is open to participation by community string performers. Musicians who perform with the chamber orchestra can expect a relaxed and supportive atmosphere with eclectic repertoire in a variety of settings. Players are held to high standards of musicianship and personal responsibility intended to prepare them for careers as professional musicians and educators. The chamber orchestra is open by audition to all music students, non-majors, and community members, and rehearses Tuesday nights from 7-9:30 p.m.
The Jazz Ensemble has developed a reputation for excellence, consistently playing to standing-room-only audiences. The Ensemble performs in competitions, such as the Hayward Jazz festival and Reno Jazz festival, and for various university and community events. Combos perform in concerts throughout the community, and are available for special engagements.
The Symphony Band is designed to provide opportunities for music education applications. Music majors may perform on primary or secondary instruments and gain practical conducting experience. The ensemble is open to music majors, non music majors, and community members.
The Percussion Ensemble performs concerts in the fall and spring semesters. The group performs the concert percussion repertoire and has premiered several compositions by University students and faculty composers. The ensemble has performed throughout the central part of the state, at festivals, and at other universities.
Instrumental Chamber Ensembles
Chamber music studies in woodwind, brass, strings, keyboard, and guitar are available in the fall and spring semesters. These ad hoc ensembles present a joint public recital each semester.