Spring 2024 Curricular Ensembles

Spring 2024 Curricular Ensembles

MUBD 2601 Basketball Band

Andrew Koch
1.0 credit

Section 1: F / 8:00-8:50 am / Hunter Smith Band Building
Class Number: 10867

Section 2: F / 1:00-1:50 pm / Hunter Smith Band Building
Class Number: 20632

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 credit
T / 4:00-6:15 pm / Hunter Smith Band Building
Class Number: 10241

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 bands@virginia.edu.

MUEN 2690 / 3690 / 4690 African Roots: Drumming, Singing, Moving

Michelle Kisliuk
2.0 credit
TR / 5:45-7:05 pm / OCH 107
Class Number (MUEN 2690 Level 1): 12861
Class Number (MUEN 3690 Level 2): 12862
Class Number (MUEN 4690 Level 3): 13959

A practical, hands-on course focusing on several music/dance forms from West Africa (Ghana, Togo) and Central Africa (BaAka), with the intention of performing during and at the end of the semester. Traditions include drumming, dancing, and singing. Concentration, practice, and faithful attendance are required. May be repeated for credit.

MUEN 3600 Jazz Ensemble

John D'earth
2.0 credits
MR / 7:30-9:30 pm / OCH B018
Class Number: 10242

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: 10243

Sectionals: M / 5:30-7:00 pm

Section 101: Pete Spaar (Double Bass) / OCH B012
Class Number: 10245

Section 102: Ayn Balija (Viola) / OCH 113
Class Number: 10246

Section 103: Daniel Sender (Violin) / OCH 107
Class Number: 12720

Section 104: David Sariti (Violin) / OCH B018
Class Number: 12719

Section 105: Adam Carter (Cello) / OCH Studio D
Class Number: 10919

Restricted to: Instructor permission by audition.

Brass / Woodwinds / Percussion

Lecture / Section 200: W / 7:30-10:00 pm / OCH 101
Class Number: 10244


Section 201: Cody Halquist (Horn) / W / 6:00-7:00 pm / OCH 113
Class Number: 12343

Section 202: Kelly Sulick (Flute) / W / 5:15-6:15 pm / OCH Studio C
Class Number: 10247

Section 203: Kelly Peral (Oboe) / W / 5:15-6:15 pm / OCH B019
Class Number: 10248

Section 204: I-Jen Fang (Percussion) / W / 6:00-7:00 pm / OCH B018
Class Number: 10249

Section 205: Maximillian McNutt (Trumpet) / W / 5:15-6:15 pm / OCH 107
Class Number: 10250

Section 206: Elizabeth Roberts (Bassoon) / W / 5:15-6:15 pm / OCH B020
Class Number: 12503

Section 207: Jiyeon Choi (Clarinet) / W / 5:15-6:15 pm / OCH S004
Class Number: 11835

Section 208: Nate Lee (Trombone) / W / 6:00-7:00 pm / OCH B012
Class Number: 12880

Restricted to: Instructor permission by audition.

MUEN 3620 Wind Ensemble

Elliott Tackitt
2.0 credits
M / 6:45-9:00 pm / Hunter Smith Band Building
Class Number: 13945

The University of Virginia Wind Ensemble is open to all students at UVA by audition, and is conducted by the Director of Bands, Dr. Elliott Tackitt. This 45-member ensemble features the most outstanding brass, woodwind, and percussion players at the University, and rehearses in the Fall and Spring Semesters.

The focus of this ensemble is for students to explore their artistic potential in a collaborative environment. Wind Ensemble members enjoy the opportunity to practice and perform more challenging chamber music and wind band works encompassing a variety of composers, styles, and musical time periods.

The Wind Ensemble has a history of including performing artists from UVA’s Department of Music as soloists, as well as guests from abroad. Musically-inclined students from every College and School are encouraged to participate in auditions, which are held the first week of the semester.

Students interested in auditioning for Spring 2022 are encouraged to visit the Audition Information webpage.

MUEN 3630 Chamber Music Ensembles

1.0 credit, Instructor permission by audition.

MUEN 3630 Brass Quintet

Maximillian McNutt
1.0 credit
Section 6: TBA
Class Number: 13673

Restricted to: Instructor permission by audition.

MUEN 3630 Double Reed Ensemble

Kelly Peral
1.0 credit
Section 4: TBA
Class Number: 11761

Restricted to: Instructor permission by audition.

MUEN 3630 Flute Ensemble

Kelly Sulick
1.0 credit
Section 5: TBA
Class Number: 10254

Restricted to: Instructor permission by audition.

MUEN 3630 Horn Ensemble

Cody Halquist
1.0 credit
Section 3: TBA
Class Number: 10253

Restricted to: Instructor permission by audition.

MUEN 3630 Jazz Chamber

1.0 credit, Instructor permission by audition.

Section 8: Pete Spaar / R / 5:30-7:00 pm / OCH B018
Class Number: 10256

Section 11: Pete Spaar / F / 12:30-2:00 pm / OCH B018
Class Number: 10259

Section 9: Calvin Brown / T / 5:30-7:00 pm / OCH B018
Class Number: 10257

Section 10: Mike Rosensky / F / 2:00-3:30 pm / OCH B018
Class Number: 10258

Restricted to: Instructor permission by audition.

MUEN 3630 Percussion Ensemble

I-Jen Fang
1.0 credit
Section 1: T / 7:30-10:00 pm / OCH B018
Class Number: 10251

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 String Chamber Ensembles

Section 12: Daniel Sender / TBA
Class Number: 10260

Section 13: David Sariti / TBA
Class Number: 10261

Section 14: Ayn Balija / TBA
Class Number: 10262

Section 15: Adam Carter / TBA
Class Number: 10263

Section 17: John Mayhood / TBA
Class Number: 12066

Restricted to: Instructor permission by audition.

MUEN 3630 Trombone Ensemble

Nate Lee
1.0 credit
Section 16TBA
Class Number: 10996

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

MUEN 3630 Woodwind Ensemble

Elizabeth Roberts
1.0 credit
Section 2: TBA
Class Number: 10252

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 Woodwind Quintet

Jiyeon Choi
1.0 credit
Section 7TBA
Class Number: 10255


MUEN 3645 Bluegrass Workshop

Richard Will
1.0 credit, Instructor permission
Lecture: T / 7:00-8:00 pm / OCH 113
Class Number: 13946

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 / OCH 113
Class Number: 13947

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
MW / 3:30-5:30 pm / OCH 101
Class Number: 10265

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 107
Class Number: 10264

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: 11766

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 113
Class Number: 10507

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.


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

Email: music@virginia.edu