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ENSEMBLES:

UNIVERSITY CHORUS
Tianxu Zhou, Director
The University Chorus is open to all who enjoy singing and would like to improve their sight-reading and performance skills. The choir performs works from Classical and contemporary repertoire. The performance opportunities include an end of the semester concert on campus and one in the surrounding community.

WIND ENSEMBLE
Tobias Monte, Director
The Wind Ensemble is open to the entire community, and although there is no entrance audition required, some previous ensemble experience is a prerequisite to joining the group. Repertoire to be studied includes both traditional and contemporary works for wind ensemble/symphonic band, as well as chamber works
for woodwinds and brass.

PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE
Jamie Eckert, Director
The UMD Percussion Ensemble plays a wide variety of music with a contemporary approach and is known for incorporating many world percussion instruments into their repertoire. The group performs and hosts a large concert every spring.

LARGE JAZZ ENSEMBLE
Marcia Bornhurst Parkes, Director
The UMD Jazz Ensemble is open by audition to brass, saxophones and rhythm section instrumentalists. The repertoire focuses on a wide range of standard and contemporary jazz big band literature. The ensemble rehearses weekly, presenting several performances each year.

JAVANESE GAMELAN
I. M. Harjito, Director, Master Artist
Royal Hartigan, Assistant Director
The gamelan orchestra of Java, Indonesia, is an ancient expression of Asian peoples dating to the 3rd century B.C. Epic legends such as the Ramayana and Mahabharata are the foundation of its musical narrative. The ensemble includes a multi-voiced texture of tuned gongs, drums, xylophones, flutes, strings, and song that can accompany dance, theater, or other rituals. The ensemble performs the music of this timeless tradition, bringing a unique sound and style to the University and the surrounding community.

KEKELI AFRICAN DRUM & DANCE ENSEMBLE
Royal Hartigan, Director
Kwabena Boateng, Master Artist
The Kekeli Ensemble explores and shares the traditional music and dance of African peoples through workshops, classes, and concerts throughout the northeastern United States. This ensemble celebrates the fact that African music and culture are the foundation for much of the world’s musical expression, including such diverse African Diaspora styles as the blues, gospel, jazz, ragtime, funk, and hip hop. Members of this ensemble participate in field trips to villages in Ghana, West Africa.

SMALL VOCAL & INSTRUMENTAL ENSEMBLES

Departmental vocal and instrumental small ensembles are open by audition at the beginning of each semester, and they focus on more spcialized instruction and repertoire.

INSTRUMENTAL CHAMBER ENSEMBLE
Directed by various faculty
Open to instrumental students interested in performing chamber music based in the European tradition.



LAPTOP ENSEMBLE
Jing Wang, Director

Open to students interested in performing interactive avant-garde electronic improvisation using custom-designed instruments integrated with Max/MSP patches.

GUITAR ENSEMBLE
Jim Robitaille, Director

Open by audition to students who can read music and posess intermediate and above ability. Contemporary and traditional literature is studied, and sight-reading, ensembles skills, and musicianship are developed.

EL CARIBE STEEL BAND
Jamie Eckert, Director

Featuring a focus on the steel band music of Latin America and the Caribbean.

CHAMBER CHOIR
Tianxu Zhou, Director

Open to vocal students interested in studying and performing a capella and accompanied choral literature from traditional, contemporary, and diverse cultural sources.

OPERA ENSEMBLE
Tianxu Zhou, Director

Open to vocal students who prepare staged scenes and arias from the standard operatic repertoire, and who are also introduced to fundamentals of acting, stage movement, and audition techniques.

GOSPEL CHOIR
Wes Brown, Director

The Gospel Choir is open to the entire community and focuses on music in the gospel tradition. Audition is not required but some experience in group singing is desired.

JAZZ VOCAL ENSEMBLE
Kaoruko Pilkington, Director
Open to vocal students interested in learning the small jazz vocal ensemble literature. The ensemble rehearses weekly, presenting several performances each year.

LATIN/WORLD JAZZ VISION ENSEMBLE
Chris Poudrier, Director
Open to students interested in performing an eclectic mix of compositions and arrangements ranging from Afro-Cuban and Brazilian to European ethnic traditions blended with modern jazz.

BEBOP/POST-BOP ENSEMBLES
Andrew McWain, Director
Open to students interested in performing the melodic/ harmonic language of the modern improvised music associated with the bebop/post-bop tradition.

SMALL JAZZ STANDARDS ENSEMBLE
John Harrison, Director
Open to instrumental and vocal students interested in learning the standard jazz small instrumental literature.

AVANT GARDE JAZZ ENSEMBLE
Chris Poudrier, Director
This ensemble performs a wide spectrum of jazz-based music. In addition to arrangements of jazz and Latin standards, the ensemble also performs original music which may include free creative improvised music. Students should be versed in the language of traditional jazz theory and improvisation, and instrumentation in not necessarily limited to traditional jazz instruments.


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