Perform in one or many of the UWG Music Ensembles - Open to all students!
Participating in a music ensemble is one of the best ways to start your college experience right! Available for all UWG students, ensembles offered by the Department of Music enable students interested in continuing their musical experiences to perform at the collegiate level.
Some ensembles require an audition for part placement, while our more competitive
ensembles require one for admission. Don't be afraid to audition - there's an ensemble
Fall auditions typically take place prior to the beginning of the semester and during the few days of classes. All auditions are completed prior to the close of the drop/add period. Need more information about a particular music ensemble? You may contact the director of each ensemble for information regarding membership in a performing group.
Concert Choir, a traditional mixed choir, is directed by Dr. Karen Graffius. The choir performs the standard choral repertoire of classics, multi-cultural music, and major works with orchestra. In addition to occasional European tours, the choir has performed for numerous special events on and off-campus. Placement auditions for new members are held at the beginning of each semester.
Contact Karen Graffius for more information.
Chamber Singers, directed by Dr. Karen Graffius, is a select ensemble of about 16 voices. Repertoire includes madrigals, choral chamber music, and popular music. The Chamber Singers tour annually, and have performed for conferences of GMEA and Georgia ACDA. Members participate in the GMEA All-College
Chorus. Auditions are held at the beginning of each semester.
Contact Karen Graffius for more information.
The UWG Opera Workshop is an ensemble open to both music majors and non-music majors. It offers a variety of activities throughout the year to help students develop and refine their singing and acting skills, including the spring mainstage opera production, fall scenes production, student directing, community opera outreach performances, acting/improvisation, and backstage theater experience. Marketing/Public Relations opportunities are also available for interested students!
Some of the more recent productions include Marriage of Figaro with the UWG Wind Ensemble (Mozart), Ruddigore (Gilbert & Sullivan), Orpheus in the Underworld (Offenbach), and Talk Opera (Granger). You can find the Opera Workshop on facebook.com/uwgoperaworkshop or follow UWGOpera on Twitter!
The Opera Workshop is directed by Dawn Neely.
The Symphonic Band serves as a non-auditioned concert band open to all students, faculty, and staff at UWG. The Symphonic Band meets during the Spring and performs two concerts over the course of the semester.
The Symphonic Band is directed by Cale Self.
The UWG Wind Ensemble is a select instrumental wind and percussion ensemble open to all UWG students by audition. As the premier wind band at UWG, the ensemble is comprised of the most advanced woodwind, brass, and percussion players at the university. This ensemble performs a wide range of literature and regularly features some of the finest guest soloists and composers in the southeast. The Wind Ensemble meets and performs multiple concerts during the Fall and Spring semesters.
The Wind Ensemble is directed by Josh Byrd.
"The Sound that Lights the South"
If you hear the music from the Wolves stadium, chances are it's from "The Sound that Lights the South"! The marching band is open to all students with a background in music and is offered for course credit.
The Marching Band is under the direction of Cale Self.
The Jazz Ensemble is a big band setup consisting of saxophone, trombone, trumpet, and rhythm players, as well as vocalists. For over thirty years, UWG Jazz has presented the Sunbelt Jazz Festival with has seen guest artists such as Bobby Shew, Chris Vadala, Jerry Coker, Steve Wiest, Rob McConnell, Gary Foster, Lew Soloff, Marvin Stamm, Giacomo Gates, Ken Trimmins, and T.S. Monk. The ensemble performs many big band arrangements of popular jazz and hot latin charts. All students with a background in music are invited to audition.
The Jazz Ensemble is directed by Ben Geyer.
Basketball Pep Band
The basketball Pep Band—The Wolfgang—performs for the men’s and women’s home basketball games. The ensemble is open to all qualified students at UWG but seating is limited to 36 members (preference will be given to current members of the Marching Band). Instrumentation includes woodwinds, brass, percussion, and electric bass.
The Pep Band is under the direction of Cale Self.
The UWG Woodwind Ensemble is comprised of flutes, clarinets, oboes, bass clarinets and bassoons who wish to work on chamber music during the school year. Instrumentation is flexible; non-majors who wish to join should contact Dr. Byrd (email@example.com) at the beginning of each semester for performance requirements.
The Woodwind Ensemble is directed by Josh Byrd.
The UWG Saxophone Ensemble is recognized as a national leader in performance and repertoire for large saxophone group. It has performed by invitation at national and regional meetings of the North American Saxophone Alliance, the AXPONA International Conference of Audio Engineers, the UWG Saxophone Symposium, and performs regular concerts on campus. In further recognition of its musical excellence, the Ensemble has received an invitation from MidAmerica Productions to perform a concert in Zankel Auditorium of Carnegie Hall in the Spring of 2013. The Ensemble has a wide repertoire, from the Renaissance to today, and performs a balance of original works for large saxophone group and arrangements/transcriptions. The Ensemble is populated by music majors, non-majors, and UWG alumni who are now distinguished music educators in the West Georgia region. Membership in the UWG Saxophone Ensemble is open to all UWG saxophonists regardless of major by audition.
The Saxophone Ensemble is directed by John Bleuel.
The Brass Ensemble at UWG is a symphonic brass ensemble comprised of select student instrumentalists. The brass ensemble also serves as the umbrella program for all brass chamber music at UWG, including brass quintet, horn quartet, trombone choir & quartet, and tuba ensemble & quartet. Presenting one on-campus concert per semester, the brass ensemble also plays host to some of the best brass soloists in the region and in the world. Recent guests include Matthew Murchison (euphonium), Daniel Clouse (tuba), Anna Dodd (horn), Bruce Faske (trombone), Dennis AsKew (tuba), and Patrick Sheridan (tuba).
Please contact Dr. Self for more information on the brass ensemble membership, performances, or tour possibilities.
The Brass Ensemble is directed by Cale Self.
Tuba & Euphonium Ensemble
The UWG Tuba Ensemble is comprised of music majors, non-majors, alumni, and select local high school students. First formed under the direction of Eric Bradshaw in 2003, the ensemble has also played under Martin Cochran and Betsy Jones during their tenures at UWG. After being dormant for several years, the ensemble was reconstituted in 2013 under the umbrella of the UWG Brass Ensemble program. Now a separate ensemble that meets weekly during the fall and spring semesters, the Tuba Ensemble is 15 members strong and has performed at area schools and at the 2015 Southeast Regional Tuba Euphonium Conference in Knoxville, TN. The Tuba Ensemble has also performed at the 2016 International Tuba Euphonium Conference.
The Brass Ensemble is directed by Cale Self.
The UWG Percussion Ensemble performs advanced literature in the standard repertoire for the modern percussion ensemble. The group is comprised of 8 to 15 players, including music majors studying percussion as well as non-majors who have a percussive background.
The Percussion Ensemble is directed by Katie Byrd.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)
Yes - participation is open to all students - not just music majors! In fact, many of our members represent majors from the entire University, ranging from business to criminology, computer science to social sciences, education to nursing, physical education to biology, and virtually every other major field.
Ensembles are for students who enjoy music and wish to continue performing. Ensembles take a small amount of time - typically less time than most high school programs. The ensembles meet on a regular class schedule, and we understand the student's need to concentrate on academics.
Our ensembles include students with both advanced and average musical abilities. Students are sometimes overly concerned about their talent level. Most students who successfully complete their high school program will find a place available for them in one of the UWG ensembles.
All University ensembles are college-credit courses. Each ensemble offers one (1) hour of credit through the Department of Music. Students may elect to participate for the entire year or during one semester only.