Curricular Ensembles

Spring 2020 Curricular Ensembles

MUBD 2601 Basketball Band

Andrew Koch
2.0 credits
Lecture:  /  pm / Hunter Smith Band Building
Class Number: 

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

Andrew Koch
1.0 credits
Lecture: W / 6:30-8:45 pm / Hunter Smith Band Building
Class Number: 10327


MUEN 2650 MICE Ensemble

Matthew Burtner
1.0 credit
Lecture: R / 4:15-5:30 pm / OCH B011
Class Number: 13609


MUEN 2690, 3690 and 4690 African Music and Dance Ensemble

Eric Gertner
2.0 credits
Lecture: TR / 5:45-7:15 pm / OCH 107

(registration number depends on student seniority in the ensemble)

MUEN 2690/ Level 1
Class Number: 11642

MUEN 3690/ Level 2
Class Number: 11471

MUEN 4690 / Level 3
Class Number: 11359

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 UVA African Music and Dance Ensemble. No previous experience with music or dance is required.  Come to the first day of class (Aug. 27, 5:45pm, OCH 107). For more information about this ensemble click here

MUEN 3600 Jazz Ensemble

John D'earth
2.0 credits
Lecture: MR / 7:30-9:30 pm / OCH B018
Class Number: 10328

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


Lecture / Section 100: W / 7:30-10:00 pm / OCH 101
Class Number: 10329

Sectionals: M / 5:30-7:00 pm

Section 101: Pete Spaar (Double Bass) / OCH B012
Class Number: 10331

Section 103: Ayn Balija (Viola) / OCH 113
Class Number: 10332

Section 104: Daniel Sender (Violin) / OCH 107
Class Number: 10333

Section 105: David Sariti (Violin) / OCH B018
Class Number: 10334

Section 106: Adam Carter (Cello) / OCH S004
Class Number: 11221

Restricted to: Instructor permission by audition.

Brass / Woodwinds / Percussion

Lecture / Section 200: W / 7:30-10:00 pm / OCH 101
Class Number: 10330


Section 201: Elizabeth Roberts (Bassoon) / W / 5:15-6:15 pm / OCH B020 
Class Number: 

Section 202: Katy Ambrose (Horn) / W / 6:00-7:00 pm / OCH 113
Class Number: 

Section 205: Kelly Peral (Oboe) / W / 5:15-6:15 pm / TBA
Class Number: 10336

Section 209: Jiyeon Choi (Clarinet) / W / 5:15-6:15 pm / OCH B017
Class Number: 13148

Section 203: Kelly Sulick (Flute) / W / 5:15-6:15 pm / OCH Studio C
Class Number: 10335

Section 208: Nate Lee (Trombone) / W / 6:00-7:00 pm / OCH B012
Class Number: 10339

Section 207: Arthur Zanin (Trumpet) / W / 6:00-7:00 pm / OCH 107
Class Number: 10338

Section 206: I-Jen Fang (Percussion) / W / 6:00-7:00 pm / OCH B018
Class Number: 10337

Restricted to: Instructor permission by audition.

MUEN 3620 Wind Ensemble

Drew Koch
2.0 credits
Lecture: M / 6:50-9:00 pm / Hunter Smith Band Building / Room 200
Class Number: 10685

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

1.0 credit, Instructor permission by audition.

Brass Quintet

Arthur Zanin
1.0 credit
Lecture / Section TBA: TBA
Class Number: 

Restricted to: Instructor permission by audition.


Double Reed Ensemble

Kelly Peral
1.0 credit
Lecture / Section 4: TBA
Class Number: 12835

Restricted to: Instructor permission by audition.


Flute Ensemble

Kelly Sulick
1.0 credit
Lecture / Section 5: TBA
Class Number: 10343

Restricted to: Instructor permission by audition.


Horn Ensemble

Katy Ambrose
1.0 credit
Lecture / Section 3: TBA
Class Number: 10342

Restricted to: Instructor permission by audition.


Jazz Chamber

1.0 credit, Instructor permission by audition.

Section 10: Pete Spaar / R / 5:30-7:00 pm / OCH B018
Class Number: 10345

Section 13: Pete Spaar / F / 12:30-2:00 pm / OCH B018
Class Number: 10348

Section 11: Jeff Decker / T / 5:30-7:00 pm / OCH B018
Class Number: 10346

Section 12: Mike Rosensky / F / 2:00-3:30 pm / OCH B018
Class Number: 10347

Restricted to: Instructor permission by audition.


Percussion Ensemble

I-Jen Fang
1.0-2.0 credit
Lecture / Section 1: T / 7:30-10:00 pm / OCH B018
Class Number: 10340

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.

String Chamber Music

Section 15: Daniel Sender / TBA
Class Number: 10349

Section 16: David Sariti / TBA
Class Number: 10350

Section 17: Ayn Balija / TBA
Class Number: 10351

Section 18: Adam Carter / TBA
Class Number: 10352

Section 20: John Mayhood / TBA
Class Number: 13953

Restricted to: Instructor permission by audition.


Trombone Ensemble

Nate Lee
1.0 credit
Section 19TBA
Class Number: 11360

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

Woodwind Ensemble

Elizabeth Roberts
1.0 credit
Lecture / Section 2: TBA
Class Number: 10341

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.

Woodwind Quintet

Jiyeon Choi
1.0 credit
Section 8TBA
Class Number: 10344


MUEN 3640 Klezmer Ensemble

Joel Rubin
2.0 credit
Lecture: MW / 7:30-9:30 pm / OCH 113
Class Number: 11711

Under the direction of Director of Music Performance and acclaimed clarinetist and ethnomusicologist Joel Rubin, the UVA Klezmer Ensemble is made up of both undergraduate and graduate students from across grounds, faculty, alumni and other members of the greater Central Virginia community, and is dedicated to exploring klezmer and other Jewish and eastern European musical traditions from the 18th to the 21st century. The ensemble is committed to ethnic, racial, cultural and religious diversity. Now in its eleventh year, the Klezmer Ensemble at UVA performs at the end of each semester. The group has also become a vital part of the musical community of Central/Northern Virginia and has appeared at clubs, festivals, conferences, benefits and other events throughout Virginia.

Klezmer was brought to North America by immigrants around the turn of the last 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 in Jewish tradition and into mainstream popular culture.

Each year the ensemble is coached by and plays together with renowned guest artists. Our guest artist for Spring 2018 will be Paul Brody. The concert is on Thursday, April 19 at 8 pm in Old Cabell, with rehearsals and other events on the Sunday-Wednesday leading up to the concert. Paul Brody is an American trumpeter, composer, sound installation artist, and writer based in Berlin, Germany. His work explores the relationship between spoken word and melody through radio art, sound installation, composition, and performance. We will work on his compositions and guided improvisations.

Restricted to: Instructor permission by audition.

For more information, please see: .

MUEN 3645 Bluegrass Workshop

Richard Will
1.0 credit, Instructor permission
Lecture: T / 7:00-8:00 pm / Eunoia
Class Number: 11729

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 3646 Bluegrass Band

Richard Will
1.0 credit, Instructor permission
Lecture: T / 6:00-7:00 pm / Eunoia
Class Number: 12385

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

MUEN 3650 University Singers

Michael Slon
2.0 credits
Lecture: MW / 3:30-5:30 pm / OCH 101
Class Number: 10354

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: 10353

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 3657 Voice for the Stage

Pam Beasley & Brenda Roberts
2.0 credits
Lecture: TBA
Class Number: 18485

MUEN 3660 Ensemble Music with Piano

John Mayhood
2.0 credits
Lecture: TBA
Class Number: 12843

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: 10686

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. Restricted to: Instructor permission by audition.

MUEN 3680 New Music Ensemble

I-Jen Fang
1.0 credit
Lecture: R / 3:30-5:30 pm / OCH B018
Class Number: 10355

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