The Advanced Orchestra and Wind Ensemble are open to all students who have previous experience on orchestral, wind, or percussion instruments. These undergraduate instrumental ensembles are the String Ensemble (Camerata), directed by Arkady Fomin, and the Wind Ensemble, directed by Winston Stone. The two ensembles rehearse separately (but in the same time frame) and then come together on some works as the Instrumental Ensemble. The two ensembles also perform separately.
The Instrumental Ensemble performs in concert as a part of the Fall Festival and the Spring Festival offered by the UTD School of Arts and Humanities to the university community.
To become a member of the Instrumental Ensemble, students must audition for String Ensemble (email Arkady Fomin) or Wind Ensemble (email Winston Stone). To become a member of the Advanced Orchestra/Chamber Ensemble, which rehearses and performs separately from the Instrumental Ensemble, students must audition for Robert Xavier Rodríguez .
The String Ensemble (Camerata) (MUSI 3381/4346) comprises the usual string instruments (violin, viola, cello and bass). The Camerata's repertoire includes music by the great composers of the past, Vivaldi, Bach, Handel, Telemann, Mozart, as well as by composers of the 20th and 21st centuries such as Britten, Bartok, Piazzolla, and others. Opportunities for string soloists to perform concertos and solo works with the string ensemble will be made available for outstanding performers. Students must supply their own instruments and accessories.
The Wind Ensemble (MUSI 3381/4346) comprises the usual compliment of instruments found in a concert band, such as flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, trumpet, horn, trombone, saxophone, and percussionists trained in rudiments or mallets (not drum set). The music performed will be from both the popular and classic repertoire and will be selected based on the available instrumentation and the performers' experience. In addition to Festival, there will be opportunities to perform with other UT Dallas ensembles for special events and theatrical presentations.
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