Curricular Ensembles

Spring 2021 Curricular Ensembles

MUBD 2601 Basketball Band

Andrew Koch
1.0 credits
Hunter Smith Band Building
Class Number: 11326

The Basketball Band performs at every home men's and women's basketball game at the John Paul Jones Arena and all post season tournament games. Much of the music must be performed memorized. New music is introduced on a weekly basis. Students enrolling in Basketball Band must be a member of the current year's marching band course (MUBD 2610, 2620, 2630, or 2640).

MUEN 2600 Concert Band

Michael Idzior & Andrew Koch
1.0 credits
W / 6:30-8:45 pm / Hunter Smith Band Building
Class Number: 10545

The University of Virginia Concert Band is a large wind ensemble, conducted by Michael Idzior & Andrew Koch in the Spring Semester. Its membership is composed of dedicated students from every division and department within the University. Music selections have included standard band literature, pop music, and concertos with special guest artists. Concert Band members stay involved in making music in an ensemble setting while exploring both new literature and old favorites. For more information on the Concert Band, please contact the directors via email at

MUEN 2650 MICE Ensemble

Matthew Burtner
1.0 credit
T / 4:15-5:30 pm / Online Synchronous
Class Number: 13045

MUEN 3600 Jazz Ensemble

John D'earth
2.0 credits
MR / 7:30-9:30 pm / Online Synchronous
Class Number: 10546

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

Ben Rous, Conductor
2.0 credits


Section 100: W / 7:30-10:00 pm / Hybrid
Class Number: 10547

Sectionals: M / 5:30-7:00 pm

Section 101: Pete Spaar (Double Bass) / TBA
Class Number: 10549

Section 103: Ayn Balija (Viola) / Online Synchronous
Class Number: 10550

Section 104: Daniel Sender (Violin) / TBA
Class Number: 10551

Section 105: David Sariti (Violin) / TBA
Class Number: 10552

Section 106: Adam Carter (Cello) / TBA
Class Number: 11403

Restricted to: Instructor permission by audition.

Brass / Woodwinds / Percussion

Section 200: W / 7:30-10:00 pm / Hybrid
Class Number: 10548


Section 201: Elizabeth Roberts (Bassoon) / W / 5:15-6:15 pm / Online Synchronous
Class Number: 20279

Section 202: Katy Ambrose (Horn) / W / 6:00-7:00 pm / Online Synchronous
Class Number: 14267

Section 203: Kelly Sulick (Flute) / W / 5:15-6:15 pm / Online Synchronous
Class Number: 10553

Section 205: Kelly Peral (Oboe) / W / 5:15-6:15 pm / Online Synchronous
Class Number: 10554

Section 206: I-Jen Fang (Percussion) / W / 6:00-7:00 pm / Online Synchronous
Class Number: 10555

Section 207: Arthur Zanin (Trumpet) / W / 6:00-7:00 pm / Online Synchronous
Class Number: 10556

Section 208: Nate Lee (Trombone) / W / 6:00-7:00 pm / Online Synchronous
Class Number: 20281

Section 209: Jiyeon Choi (Clarinet) / W / 5:15-6:15 pm / Online Synchronous
Class Number: 12799

Restricted to: Instructor permission by audition.

MUEN 3620 Wind Ensemble

Drew Koch
2.0 credits
M / 6:45-9:00 pm / Online Synchronous
Class Number: 10871

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:

Restricted to: Instructor permission by audition.

MUEN 3630 Chamber Music Ensembles

Antiphonal Brass Ensemble

1.0 credit
Restricted to: Instructor permission

This outdoor chamber ensemble will explore the wealth of brass music intended to be played in the out-of-doors and large spaces. Brass players of all levels and abilities will be able to engage with others in-person while maintaining a safe social distance between their instruments and bodies. In the case of inclement weather professors will provide recorded presentations on the performance practice, history, architecture, composers, and instruments of this musical genre and its offshoots.

Audition not required, but instructor approval is required. Section number is according to instrument.

Section 19: Low Brass, Nate Lee
Class Number: 11505

Section 14: Trumpet, Arthur Zanin
Class Number: 20283

Section 3: Horn, Katy Ambrose
Class Number: 10559


Double Reed Ensemble

Kelly Peral
1.0 credit
Section 4: TBA
Class Number: 12684

Restricted to: Instructor permission by audition.


Flute Ensemble

Kelly Sulick
1.0 credit
Section 5: TBA
Class Number: 10560

Restricted to: Instructor permission by audition.

The UVA Flute Ensemble will meet online weekly during the Fall semester. We will utilize the most modern technologies to allow small groups of us to perform and rehearse together, and will meet online weekly for a series of coachings, rehearsals, and collaborative sessions. Instead of a final concert, our course will culminate in a collaborative video performance at the end of the semester. Although we won’t be able to rehearse in the same room together, we will still experience the unparalleled joy of music-making together, even while socially distanced. For more information, contact Kelly Sulick at

Jazz Chamber

1.0 credit
Restricted to: Instructor permission by audition.

Section 10: Pete Spaar / T / 5:30-7:00 pm / OCH 101
Class Number: 10562

Section 11: Jeff Decker / F / 2:00-3:30 pm / Online Synchronous
Class Number: 10563

Section 12: Mike Rosensky / F / 12:30-2:00 pm / Online Synchronous
Class Number: 10564

Section 13: Pete Spaar / R / 5:15-6:45 pm / OCH 101
Class Number: 10565

Percussion Ensemble

I-Jen Fang
1.0-2.0 credit
Section 1: T / 7:30-10:00 pm / Online Synchronous
Class Number: 10557

Restricted to: Instructor permission by audition.

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.

String Chamber Music

Section 15: Daniel Sender / TBA
Class Number: 10566

Section 17: Ayn Balija / TBA
Class Number: 10568

Section 16: David Sariti / TBA
Class Number: 10567

Section 18: Adam Carter / TBA
Class Number: 10569

Section 20: John Mayhood / TBA
Class Number: 13228

Restricted to: Instructor permission by audition.


Woodwind Ensemble

Elizabeth Roberts
1.0 credit
Section 2: Online Synchronous
Class Number: 10558

The Bassoon Ensemble explores, rehearses, and performs woodwind chamber music, including both standard and more obscure works. Focus is placed on developing chamber music playing skills, learning the tendencies of the instrument, developing musicianship, and enjoying making and sharing music! For the 2020-2021 academic year, enrolled members will work with the instructor to design appropriate projects. Possibilities include: recording chamber music works to share with schools and/or retirement homes; score study and listening; developing ear training and musicianship skills as they relate to ensemble playing; and offering virtual programs for area students who are enrolled in band programs.

Restricted to: Instructor permission by audition.

Woodwind Quintet

Jiyeon Choi
1.0 credit
Section 8: TBA
Class Number: 10561


MUEN 3640 Klezmer Ensemble

Joel Rubin
2.0 credit
MW / 7:30-9:30 pm / Online Synchronous
Class Number: 20481

UVA Klezmer Ensemble is a performance-oriented ensemble. Traditionally we have worked on semester-end performances, often featuring world renowned guest artists. This semester will be taught online. We will learn klezmer repertoire and style largely asynchronously, taking turns playing. I teach as much by ear as possible, but there will be charts available. We may create a group recording project towards the end of the semester, depending on our mastering the technology.

Klezmer was originally the ritual and celebratory music of the Yiddish-speaking Jews of Eastern Europe that developed from the 16th century onwards. It was brought to North America by immigrants around the turn of the 20th century. Since the 1970s, a dynamic revival of this tradition has been taking place in America and beyond. Klezmer’s recent popularity has brought it far from its roots into the sphere of mainstream popular culture.

Class will meet once per week for 2 hours on zoom, either Monday 7:30-9:30 pm or Wednesdays at the same time.

Restricted to: Instructor permission by audition.

For more information, please see:

MUEN 3645 Bluegrass Workshop

Richard Will
1.0 credit
T / 7:00-8:00 pm / New Cabell Hall 298
Class Number: 11801

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.

Restricted to: Instructor permission

MUEN 3646 Bluegrass Band

Richard Will
1.0 credit
T / 6:00-7:00 pm / New Cabell Hall 298
Class Number: 12363

This course seeks to develop the advanced playing, singing, improvising, and collaborating skills necessary to perform in a traditional bluegrass band, along with knowledge of bluegrass history and repertoire.

Prerequisite: MUEN 3645
Restricted to: Instructor permission

MUEN 3650 University Singers

Michael Slon
2.0 credits
MW / 3:30-5:30 pm / OCH 101
Class Number: 10571

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
F / 1:00-3:15 pm / OCH 101
Class Number: 10570

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
Class Number: 12690

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
R / 7:00-9:00 pm / OCH 101
Class Number: 10872

Baroque Orchestra will meet primarily in-person in Fall 2020. Students use period instruments from the University's collection and learn early attitudes toward performance practice, in the process opening their ears to a new way of thinking about music performance. Contact the Director, David Sariti with questions.

Restricted to: Instructor permission by audition.

MUEN 3680 New Music Ensemble

I-Jen Fang
1.0 credit
R / 3:30-5:30 pm / OCH 101
Class Number: 10572

Restricted to: Instructor permission by audition.

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.


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