Musical Performance Ensembles

 

 

Chamber Ensembles

Chamber music is instrumental music played by a small group, with one player to a part. Chamber ensembles are usually trios, quartets, or quintets, formed in accordance with the standard instrumental groupings of strings, woodwinds, and piano. To view performances of chamber music by UAlbany students, click here. Chamber Ensembles are open to all students regardless of major. One credit is awarded for participation. Auditions are held by appointment with the instructor at the beginning of each semester. Chamber ensembles are scheduled according to the availability of the participants. Each ensemble receives a one-hour coaching every week. For further information, please contact Prof. Victoria von Arx at vvonarx@albany.edu.

Marching Band

 

The University at Albany started a marching band in the fall 2013 semester. The band is open to all UAlbany students, even if you have never played an instrument before. The Marching Great Danes perform at all football home games. We are hoping to grow the Marching Great Danes into the true spirit of Albany and we need you! Click here to learn more and to fill out an interest form. You can also contact Band Director Kevin Champagne at kchampagne@albany.edu.

University Percussion Ensemble

The University Percussion Ensemble is open to all students regardless of major. You may elect Percussion Ensemble as a course and receive one credit per semester, but you may also participate for no credit. Auditions are held at the beginning of each semester. The Ensemble plays a varied repertory and also takes the lead in the Festival of Contemporary Music held each spring. Please contact Prof. Richard Albagli at ralbagli@albany.edu.

Pep Band

The Pep Band plays for basketball and football games. Students who elect Pep Band for credit are graded on an S/U basis. Please contact Prof. Kevin Champagne at (518) 442-4192 or kchampagne@albany.edu.

University Jazz Ensemble

The University Jazz Ensemble is open to all students regardless of major. Auditions are held during the first week of each semester. You may elect Jazz Ensemble as a course and receive one credit per semester, but you may also participate for no credit. Please contact Prof. David Hosley at dh396735@aol.com.

University-Community Symphony Orchestra

The University-Community Symphony Orchestra performs a diverse orchestral repertoire during its regular four-concert season. Concerts frequently feature solo works either performed by members of the orchestra or invited guest artists. The orchestra provides a medium for the reading and performance of new works. Students (with a conducting emphasis) conduct in both rehearsal and performance settings. Membership in the orchestra ensures its participants exposure to a wide variety of repertoire, improvement of ensemble skills, and solo opportunities. The orchestra is proud to have a diverse membership which includes students, staff, faculty, and community members who all work together to achieve the best in musical and social experiences.

The University-Community Symphony Orchestra rehearses on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, from 7:15 p.m. until 8:35 p.m., while classes are in session. Rehearsals are held in the Performing Arts Center, Room B-28. Sectionals will be held as needed.  

Joining the University-Community Symphony Orchestra is easy! Just come to one of our rehearsals! Remember to bring your instrument, or you can rent one from us. Lockers are also available at no cost, as well as practice facilities. An audition is required. Attendance at all rehearsals is mandatory.

The Director of the University-Community Symphony Orchestra is Prof. Christopher David Neubert. His office is in the Performing Arts Center, Room B-07. He can be reached at (518) 583-0969 or by e-mail at cneubert@albany.edu. For information on instrument rentals, locker availability, or general questions about the orchestra or band, please contact our Student Assistant at (518) 442-4175 or by e-mail at sunyorch@albany.edu.

University-Community Symphonic Band

The University-Community Symphonic Band performs a wide range of band literature during its regular four-concert season. The band provides a medium for the reading and performance of new works. Students (with a conducting emphasis) conduct in both rehearsal and performance settings. Membership in the band ensures its participants exposure to a wide variety of repertoire and improvement of ensemble skills. The band is proud to have a diverse membership which includes students, staff, faculty, and community members who all work together to achieve the best in musical and social experiences.

The University-Community Symphonic Band rehearses on Monday and Wednesday evenings, from 4:15 p.m. until 5:35 p.m., while classes are in session. Rehearsals are held in the Performing Arts Center, Room B-28. Sectionals will be held as needed. 

Joining the University-Community Symphonic Band is easy! Just come to one of our rehearsals! Remember to bring your instrument, or you can rent one from us. Lockers are also available at no cost, as well as practice facilities. No formal audition is necessary. Attendance at all rehearsals is mandatory.

The Director of the University-Community Symphonic Band is Prof. Kevin Champagne. His office is in the Performing Arts Center, Room B-07. He can be reached at (518) 442-4192 or by e-mail at kchampagne@albany.edu. For information on instrument rentals, locker availability, or general questions about the orchestra or band, please contact our Student Assistant at (518) 442-4175 or by e-mail at sunyband@albany.edu.

University-Community Chorale

The University-Community Chorale is a large choral group open to all students who can read music. No audition is required. The Chorale performs the large-scale works of the choral repertory and sometimes sings with the University Orchestra, the Schenectady Symphony Orchestra, or the Albany Symphony Orchestra. You may elect Chorale as a course and receive one credit per semester, but you may also participate for no credit. Enthusiasts from the community also participate. Please contact Director Michael Pfitzer at mpfitzer@albany.edu.

University Chamber Singers

The University Chamber Singers is a small group open to all students regardless of major. Auditions are held during the first week of each semester. Chamber Singers perform many times during the semester, both on campus and around the Capital District. For this reason, students who elect to take Chamber Singers as a course receive two credits per semester—although you may participate for no credit as well. The music performed ranges from standard repertory to music from many cultures. During the summer, the Chamber Singers have toured to such places as Ireland, Central Europe, and Costa Rica. Please contact Director Michael Pfitzer at mpfitzer@albany.edu.