Instrumental Ensembles

The Advanced Orchestra/Chamber Music Ensemble, String Ensemble, Wind Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, Chamber Ensemble and Pep Band are open to all students who have previous experience on orchestral, band or percussion instruments. Opportunities for students to perform concertos and solo works with the ensembles may be made available for outstanding performers. Non percussion students must supply their own instruments and accessories.  The repertoire selected will reflect the available instrumentation and the performers' experience.

The String Ensemble and the Wind Ensemble rehearse separately (but in the same time frame) and then come together to perform some works as the Combined String, Wind & Percussion Ensembles. In addition, there are a Chamber Music Ensemble and a Pep Band.  The ensembles perform on campus as a part of the Fall Festival and the Spring Festival plus other special events and theatrical presentations offered by the UT Dallas School of Arts and Humanities to the university community.  The Advanced Orchestra/Chamber Music Ensemble performs separately as Musica Nova. 

To become a member of an ensemble, students must arrange an audition by e-mailing the instructor of the class.  Here are listings for ensembles with the names and addresses for the 2014/15 instructors:

Advanced Orchestra/ Chamber Music Ensemble (MUSI 3312/4312) provides performance opportunities for advanced players (all instruments) and solo singers. Repertoire will range from duos and trios to larger ensembles and orchestral works in all musical styles. 
Robert Xavier Rodríguez (

The String Orchestra (MUSI 3318/4318) comprises the usual string instruments (violin, viola, cello and bass) performing in all musical styles.  
Linda Salisbury (

The Wind Ensemble (MUSI 3320/4320) comprises the usual compliment of instruments found in a concert band, such as flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, trumpet, horn, trombone, saxophone, and percussionists trained in rudiments or mallets (not drum set). The music performed will be from both the popular and classic repertoire.
Greg Hustis (

Percussion Ensemble (AP 4V71) includes all percussion instruments performing primarily 20th and 21st-Century literature. 
Lori Gerard (

Chamber Music (AP 4V71) includes all instruments, performing duos, trios and larger ensembles in all musical styles. 
Winston Stone (

Pep Band (MUSI 2113) provides opportunities for woodwind, brass and percussion players to perform at UTD sports events and other campus/community activities.   The repertoire will be drawn mainly from the popular repertoire.  
Lori Gerard (

For current information on available courses please visit our Course Description page.