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Western Hemisphere Orchestra


Western Hemisphere Orchestra

The Western Hemisphere Orchestra (WHO) is WOU’s large-scale jazz and popular music ensemble. This groups performs music ranging from Duke Ellington to Radiohead and regularly performs arrangements by students and faculty. In addition to the standard big band instrumentation that includes trumpets, trombones, saxophones, and rhythm section instruments, the group commonly includes vocalists, strings, woodwinds, horn, tuba, and electronic instruments. Previous guest artists include New Orleans legend Allen Toussaint, jazz trumpet virtuoso Cuong Vu, The Platters lead vocalist Sonny Turner, and Oregon based luminaries like Dave Frishberg, The Mel Brown Trio, Dan Balmer, Nancy King & Steve Christofferson, and Curtis Salgado. Each year the WHO plays several concerts, records in a professional studio, and tours out of state.

Director: Dr. Keller Coker

cokerk@wou.edu | 503-838-8276

Rehearsal Schedule

Monday-Wednesday 3:00-3:50 | Fridays 3:00-4:50

Audition Policy

Auditions are held each term on the first day of class. Students should feel free to enroll prior to auditioning. The audition includes sight-reading, and a Bb major scale to check range and sound. Occasionally a prepared excerpt is also required; materials for the excerpt will be posted on the bulletin board in the lobby of Smith Hall.




Music Department

503-838-8275 | or e-mail: music@wou.edu | Location: Smith Hall