Membership in all university ensembles is available both to music majors and non-music majors through auditions or through contact with the ensemble director. All ensembles perform in concert at least once each semester, sometimes alone and sometimes in collaboration with other ensembles. All ensembles are committed to high standards of rehearsal, study and performance.
Symphonic Band and Wind Orchestra
The Symphonic Band is composed of approximately 60 outstanding wind and percussion players from across the campus. Participation in Symphonic Band is by instructor approval. Although there is no audition required, particiants should have at least high school performing experience. Conductor: Mr. Troy Jones, firstname.lastname@example.org
The FGCU Wind Orchestra is comprised of the finest wind and percussion students at Florida Gulf Coast University and is guided by a philosophy grounded in the study and performance of the highest quality music composed and adapted for wind band. Formed in 2008, the Wind Orchestra’s rapid development reflects that of the Bower School of Music and the university, having already performed world premieres and commissioned works. In addition, the Wind Orchestra performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City in 2015 and The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC in 2018. With strong support of the outstanding studio faculty, every student in the ensemble is given the opportunity to learn from instructors who emphasize expressive musicianship and artistry. Conductor: Dr. Timothy Yontz, email@example.com
Jazz Ensemble & Combo
The Jazz Ensemble consists of approximately 20 students from across the university. The Jazz Ensemble is gradually becoming one of the top collegiate ensembles and has been featured at the Landings Music Festival and the Sanibel Jazz Festival. The ensemble performs a variety of styles pertaining to the jazz idioms. The FGCU Jazz Combo is a small chamber group composed of the top players in the school and performs for various campus events including the Celebration of Excellence Ceremony. Conductor: Mr. Brandon Robertson, firstname.lastname@example.org.
An auditioned ensemble open to all students regardless of major. The Symphony performs standard string and orchestral literature from the Baroque era to the present. The ensemble often collaborates with soloists and the university choirs. Chamber music experiences are available for members of this ensemble. Conductor: Dr. Kyle Szabo, email@example.com.
University Choir and Chamber Singers
Choral ensembles are open to all students on campus regardless of major. And since studies show that college students in music ensembles outperform their peers in academic standings, we WANT everyone in our groups! The University Choir is a large ensemble of mixed voices and is open to all students. No experience or audition is required. Register for MUN 1310 - University Choir and come the first day ready to sing. The Chamber Choir is a select ensemble of mixed voices. The ensemble performs frequently. An audition is required and can be scheduled by contacting Conductor: Dr. Trent Brown, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Basketball Band performs at many of the FGCU men's and women's basketball games and is an integral part of the excitement that is FGCU Basketball. This auditioned ensemble performs pop, rock and jazz ranging from Big Band to today's contemporary favorites. Conductor: Mr. Brandon Robertson, email@example.com.