The University of New Haven Orchestra, under the direction of Guillermo Mager, is open to students, faculty and staff. Students can participate for fun (no credit), or they can register to receive credit. The Orchestra rehearses once a week on Tuesdays and participates in the Department of Music concert at the end of each semester. The repertoire includes works by Handel, Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Corelli, Holst, and others.
The Concert Band works to develop musicians in a concert setting honing their skills on the instrument of their choice. This ensemble consists of full instrumentation and ranges in ability from the expert to the novice. Rentals are available and new members are encouraged to attend. Concerts are performed each semester with works ranging from Copland to Grainger to Balmages. This is a non-auditioned group.
Ranging from the die-hard jazzer to the weekend warrior, this group explores the many different faces of performing jazz, from the big band era with swing, to funk and rock, classic, and ballads. This ensemble has something for everyone! Works have included “In The Mood,” “Birdland,” “I Remember Clifford,” “Satin Doll and A Train” to name just a few. This is a non-auditioned group and performs at many different venues on campus.
The Wind Ensemble develops the musician in a smaller chamber-like setting. Like its “big brother,” the Concert Band, this ensemble consists of full instrumentation and is set up for the serious musician. Works tend to range from grade 3 to grade 5, requiring the students to be very familiar with their instruments and their craft. This is an auditioned group.
A smaller version of our standard “big band” Jazz Band, this ensemble is student-run and faculty-advised. They perform many different works based mainly on the Real Book and have performed all over campus including winter and spring commencement each year. New members are always welcome and encouraged to join.