Fall 2017 Ensembles

MUBD 2610, 2620, 2630 and 2640: Marching Band I-IV

Bill Pease
2.0 credits
Lecture: TRF / 6:00-8:20 pm / Hunter Smith Band Building

MUBD 2610
Class Number: 10544

MUBD 2620
Class Number: 10545

MUBD 2630 
Class Number: 10546

MUBD 2640
Class Number: 10547

The Cavalier Marching Band is open to all students at the University of Virginia by audition. The band is comprised of members from nearly every major at UVA. A normal practice schedule is twice a week, with additional Friday practices on home game weeks.  Attendance is mandatory at our band camp in August. There are no fees to be in the Cavalier marching Band. IF you are interested please contact the band office at 434.982.5347 or email William Pease .

MUEN 2690, 3690 and 4690 African Music and Dance Ensemble

Michelle Kisliuk
2.0 credits
Lecture: R / 5:00-6:30 pm / OCH 107

(registration number depends on student seniority in the ensemble)

MUEN 2690
Class Number: 14558

MUEN 3690
Class Number: 14559

MUEN 4690
Class Number: 14560

The African Music and Dance Ensemble is a practical, hands-on course focusing on several music/dance forms from Western and Central Africa with performances during and at the end of the semester. Though no previous experience with music or dance is required, we will give special attention to developing tight ensemble dynamics, aural musicianship, and a polymetric sensibility. Concentration, practice, and faithful attendance are required of each class member, the goal being to develop an ongoing U.Va. African Music and Dance Ensemble.

MUEN 3600 Jazz Ensemble

John D'earth
2.0 credits
Lecture: MR / 7:30-9:30 pm / OCH B018
Class Number: 10548

Led by internationally recognized jazz trumpeter/composer John D'earth, the Jazz Ensemble is a full-sized jazz big band, whose focus includes “head arrangements” group improvisation, world music and original compositions from within the band, along with music ranging from swing to bop to fusion. You'll gain valuable experience in ensemble playing and in the art of solo improvisation, and may take private instruction in jazz improvisation, perform in small combos and participate in jazz workshops held by such major figures as Michael Brecker, John Abercrombi, Dave Leibman, Bob Moses, Clark Terry, and Joe Henderson.

Restricted to: Instructor permission by audition.

MUEN 3610: Charlottesville Symphony at the University of Virginia

TBA, Conductor
2.0 credits


Lecture / Section 100: W / 7:30-10:00 pm / OCH 101
Class Number: 10549

Sectionals: M / 5:30-7:00 pm

Section 101: Pete Spaar (Double Bass) / OCH B012
Class Number: 10551

Section 102: Adam Carter (Cello) / OCH S004
Class Number: 10552

Section 103: Ayn Balija (Viola) / OCH 113
Class Number: 10553

Section 104: Daniel Sender (Violin) / OCH 107
Class Number: 10554

Section 105: David Sariti (Violin) / OCH B018
Class Number: 10555


Brass / Woodwinds / Percussion

Lecture / Section 200: W / 7:30-10:00 pm / OCH 101
Class Number: 10550

Sectionals: W / 5:15-6:15 pm

Section 201: Elizabeth Roberts (Bassoon) / TBA
Class Number: 10559

Section 202: Katy Ambrose (Horn) / OCH 113
Class Number: 10557

Section 203: Kelly Peral (Oboe) / TBA
Class Number: 10560 

Section 204: Shawn Earle (Clarinet) / TBA
Class Number: 10556

Section 205: Kelly Sulick (Flute) / OCH B019
Class Number: 10558

Section 206: Nate Lee (Trombone) / B012
Class Number: 10563

Section 207: Rachel Duncan (Trumpet) / 107
Class Number: 10562

Section 208:  I-Jen Fang (Percussion) / B018
Class Number: 10561

Restricted to: Instructor permission by audition.

MUEN 3620 Wind Ensemble

Bill Pease
2.0 credits
Lecture: M / 6:45-9:00 pm / Hunter Smith Band Building / Room 200
Class Number: 11037

The Wind Ensemble is a 45-member ensemble that features the most outstanding brass, woodwind, and percussion players at the University. The focus of this ensemble is to explore new literature as well as perform the masterworks of the wind band era. The wind ensemble also works with outstanding guest performers and conductors. This group is predominately made up of non-music majors who enjoy the genre of the wind band. Open to all University of Virginia students, auditions are held prior to the start of each semester. For more information on the Wind Ensemble, please visit our webpage at: http://music.virginia.edu/wind-ensemble.

Restricted to: Instructor permission by audition.

MUEN 3630, Section 3: Flute Ensemble

Kelly Sulick
1.0 credit
Lecture: T / 3:30-5:00 / OCH 107
Class Number: 10564

Restricted to: Instructor permission by audition.

MUEN 3630, Section 4: Woodwind Ensemble

Elizabeth Roberts
1.0 credit
Lecture: TBA
Class Number: 10566

Explore, rehearse and perform woodwind chamber music, including both standard and more obscure works. Focus on developing chamber music playing skills, learning the tendencies of the woodwind instruments, developing musicianship, and enjoying making and sharing music! Instructor permission and audition required.

MUEN 3630, Section 5: Trombone Ensemble

Nate Lee
1.0 credit
Lecture: TBA
Class Number: 10568

Restricted to: Instructor permission by audition. Contact Nathaniel Lee to schedule an audition.

MUEN 3630, Section 8: Horn Ensemble

Katy Ambrose
1.0 credit
Lecture: TBA
Class Number: 10567

Restricted to: Instructor permission by audition.

MUEN 3630, Section 10: Percussion Chamber Ensemble

I-Jen Fang
1.0 credit
Lecture: T / 9:30-10:50 am / OCH B018
Class Number: 10570

Restricted to Instructor permission by audition on first day of class.

Re-established in spring 2005 by I-Jen Fang, principal timpanist and percussionist with Charlottesville Symphony, the Percussion Ensemble is a chamber group that performs literature ranging from classical transcriptions to contemporary music. The ensemble draws upon a large family of pitched and non-pitched percussion instruments, and the number of players and amount of equipment varies greatly from piece to piece. Music reading skills and basic percussion technique on all percussion instruments is required. Previous percussion ensemble experience is highly recommended. If you are interested in joining please contact I-Jen Fang.

MUEN 3630, Section 15: Brass Quintet

Rachel Duncan
1.0 credit
Lecture: TBA
Class Number: 10569

Restricted to: Instructor permission by audition.

MUEN 3630, Section 16: Double Reed Ensemble

Kelly Peral
1.0 credit
Lecture: TBA
Class Number: 21635

Instructor permission by audition.

MUEN 3630, Section 24: Woodwind Quintet

Shawn Earle
1.0 credit
Lecture: TBA
Class Number: 15407

Instructor permission by audition.

MUEN 3630, Chamber Music Ensemble

1.0 credit, Instructor permission by audition.

Lecture: / Section 1: Daniel Sender / TBA
Class Number: 10565

Lecture: / Section 17: Ayn Balija / TBA
Class Number: 10573

Lecture: / Section 18: David Sariti / TBA
Class Number: 10574

Lecture: / Section 20: Adam Carter / TBA
Class Number: 10575

MUEN 3630: Jazz Chamber Ensemble

1.0 credit, Instructor permission by audition.

Lecture / Section 7: Pete Spaar / R / 5:30-7:00 pm / OCH B018
Class Number: 10571

Lecture / Section 12: Pete Spaar / F / 12:30-2:00 pm / OCH B018
Class Number: 10572

Lecture / Section 21: Jeff Decker / T / 5:30-7:00 pm / OCH B018
Class Number: 11226

Lecture / Section 22: Mike Rosensky / F / 2:00-3:30 pm / OCH B018
Class Number: 11227

MUEN 3645: Bluegrass Workshop

Richard Will
1.0 credit, Instructor permission
Lecture: T / 7:00-8:00 pm / OCH 107
Class Number: 15341

This course seeks to develop the playing, singing, and improvising skills necessary for the idomatic performance of bluegrass music, while also providing an opportunity for discussion of its origins and development.  Appropriate for experienced players working to improve their knowledge or for players versed in other genres to learn new styles.

MUEN 3650: University Singers

Michael Slon
2.0 credits
Lecture: MW / 3:30-5:30 pm / OCH 101
Class Number: 10577

The University Singers is the University's premier SATB ensemble, performing a cappella and accompanied choral literature ranging from chant to the works of contemporary composers. Past repertoire has included Bach's Mass in B minor, Orff's Carmina Burana, the Duruflé Requiem, and Bernstein's Chichester Psalms, as well as shorter a cappella works. Recent trips have taken the group to Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago, Cincinnati, New Orleans, New York City, Philadelphia, and the National Cathedral in Washington D.C., as well as the campuses of other American universities for collaborative concerts. The group has also been heard on European tours in England, Italy, Belgium, Germany, and Switzerland. Recent highlights have included performances with the Charlottesville Symphony at the University of Virginia, a concert and workshop with Bobby McFerrin, and a concert tour of the Southeastern U.S.

Students in the University Singers come from all six of UVA's undergraduate schools, including Arts and Sciences, Education, and Engineering, as well as several of the University's graduate and professional schools. Together, they enjoy an esprit de corps that arises from the pursuit of musical excellence and the camaraderie the singers develop offstage.

All singers at the University - undergraduates, graduate students, staff, and faculty are encouraged to audition. University Singers is offered for two hours academic credit. Michael Slon, who has conducted choruses at the Oberlin Conservatory and Indiana University School of Music, is the conductor. For more information on the University Singers, please visit our webpage

Restricted to: Instructor permission by audition.

MUEN 3651: Chamber Singers

Michael Slon
2.0 credits
Lecture: F / 1:00-3:15 pm / OCH 107
Class Number: 10576

Chamber Singers is a select ensemble drawn from the University Singers. The ensemble meets once a week and focuses on music for chamber choir ranging from the Renaissance to contemporary pieces. Recent performances have included the Monteverdi Mass for 4 voices (1651), Britten'sHymn to St. Cecilia, and Bach's Cantata 150, as well as contemporary works by Meredith Monk and Eric Whitacre, and arrangements of classic jazz standards by Harold Arlen, Jerome Kern, and the King's Singers. Interested singers will be considered for the chamber ensemble as part of their University Singers audition. For more information, please visit our webpage.

Restricted to: Instructor permission

MUEN 3660 Ensemble Music with Piano

John Mayhood
2.0 credits
Lecture: TBA
Class Number: 21528

Studies in the preparation and performance of ensemble music with piano. Focus is on the development of collaborative skills and a practical understanding of cultural and theoretical context. Repertoire to be studied varies from semester to semester.

MUEN 3670 Early Music Ensemble: Baroque Orchestra

David Sariti
2.0 credits
Lecture: R / 7:00-9:00 pm / OCH 113
Class Number: 11108

The Baroque Orchestra, directed by David Sariti, offers students the rare opportunity to perform music of the 17th and 18th centuries on the instruments for which it was written, at low pitch. Students use period instruments from the University's extensive collection, receiving personal instruction on the special techniques necessary, and must be accomplished on their modern counterparts.

MUEN 3680: New Music Ensemble

I-Jen Fang
1.0 credit
Lecture: R / 3:30-5:30 pm / OCH B018
Class Number: 10578

Restricted to Instructor permission by audition on first day of class.

Performance of vocal and instrumental music of the twentieth century.

A one-credit course at the University of Virginia, the New Music Ensemble explores and performs exciting music of our time. The ensemble consists of dedicated instrumentalists, singers and UVa performance faculty. We perform a wide variety of contemporary music suitable to our instrumentation, including new works created by UVa composers.

The New Music Ensemble seeks dedicated instrumentalists and singers to explore and perform a wide variety of contemporary music. To audition, come to the first class with your instrument. If you are interested in joining please contact I-Jen Fang.

Open to UVA students, community musicians and advanced high school students.


McIntire Department of Music
112 Old Cabell Hall
P.O. Box 400176 Charlottesville, VA 22904-4176

Email: music@virginia.edu