Under the baton of Dr. Ike Nail, the Western Oregon Symphony is open by audition to all interested students, faculty and members of the community. There are generally 3 concerts each year featuring repertoire from the Baroque through the 20th century. Students and guests are frequently invited to play solo works. The Orchestra also participates in the performance of large-scale choral/orchestral works as well as opera and musicals.
Instrumental Chamber Ensembles
The Western Oregon University Department of Music offers a variety of opportunities for students to participate in several chamber ensembles each term. Standing ensembles include Brass Quintet, Early Music Consort, Chamber String Ensemble, Piano Chamber Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, New Music Ensemble, Guitar Ensemble, Trumpet Choir, and Pep Band.
WOU offers many vernacular and jazz chamber ensembles and combos as well, including the Jazz Repertoire Combo, Hemisphere Combo, Singer/Songwriter Combo, and Brazilian Combo. Other ensembles are assembled as personnel and interest dictate.
Are you a composition or recording engineer major? No problem! At WOU composition majors can obtain ensemble credit by serving as a staff composer/arranger. Recording engineers receive ensemble credit by serving as a recording engineer for select ensembles. It's all a part of the Contemporary Music Degree design at WOU.
Contact Dr. Ike Nail, coordinator, Instrumental Studies.
The wind ensemble is a large, auditioned ensemble that performs contemporary and standard literature for symphonic band, wind ensemble and wind symphony. Featuring woodwind, brass, and percussion performers, the wind ensemble is directed by Dr. Ike Nail.
The Western Hemisphere Orchestra Jazz Ensemble, directed by Dr. Keller Coker, has played for guest artists such as Curtis Salgado, and the Inkspots. In addition to standard repertoire, the band often plays works by Oregon arrangers and composers. Other jazz-related course offerings include improvisation, jazz arranging, and jazz history.
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