The Concert Band is a group comprised primarily of non-music majors and performs the finest in band literature. The group gives a campus concert every quarter. No audition is required for participation in Concert Band, but to facilitate selection of appropriate music for the ensemble and chair placement, the directors request members come in for a voluntary "hearing." The Concert Band is directed by Dr. Daniel Eaton.
Both auditions and hearings involve playing a prepared solo or etude which represents one's best playing, selected scales (and/or arpeggios for auditions) and sight-reading. These are intended to be low pressure events and are primarily designed to hear each individual perform at his/her best.
Symphonic Wind Ensemble
The Symphonic Wind Ensemble is a select unit of approximately 50 music and non-music majors and is one of the premier ensembles in the UMD Department of Music. The ensemble regularly performs new compositions for the wind medium and programs the most outstanding literature currently available. The group tours frequently, and has appeared at the Minnesota Music Educators Association Conference and the College Band Directors National Association National Conference. Most recently the UMD Symphonic Wind Ensemble toured Brazil and performed at the Conservatory of Music in Tatui, Brazil. Recent guest conductors and clinicians have been, Frank Ticheli, Eric Whitacre, David Gillingham, Mark Camphouse, Philip Sparke and Myron Welch.
Professor Rudy Perrault is the director of the Symphony Orchestra at UMD. The orchestra performs major symphonic works and UMD Music faculty perform with the students, instructing them in professional orchestral playing as a part of their training at the University. The Symphony Orchestra prepares three concerts each year. One concert every other year is dedicated to choral and orchestral repertoire. Members of the orchestra must audition for positions in the orchestra. Music majors and university students at large are welcome to perform in the UMD orchestra. Advanced technical skills are needed to play in this orchestra.
For Information about music department programs and upcoming concerts, please call 218-726-8877