Instrumental Ensembles

Wind Ensemble

The Wind Ensemble at Stanislaus State presents a great variety of music, including standard wind ensemble & concert band repertoire and newly commissioned works from established and emerging composers. The ensemble performs in many diverse settings and configurations as well, frequently experimenting with new and different modes of concert presentation and audience engagement. The Wind Ensemble has gained wide recognition for its diverse and creative programs and its commitment to excellent, compelling musical performance. The ensemble has been featured throughout California and the western U.S., and on tours internationally.

View video of past concerts


The Symphony and Chamber Orchestras perform a broad, eclectic range of repertoire for both chamber and full orchestra with focus on individual musical development through performances in small ensembles of varying instrumentation, with and without a conductor.  Entrepreneurship among students in finding repertoire and assembling ensembles is encouraged, as well as initiative in creating performance experiences for those groups.

The symphony and chamber orchestra program is open by audition to all music students, non-majors, and community members, and rehearses Wednesday nights from 7:00-9:30 p.m.

Jazz Ensemble and Chamber Ensembles (Combos)

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.


Percussion Ensemble

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.

Watch a video about the percussion studio here.

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.