The University Orchestra is a select group open to all university undergraduate and graduate students by audition. Auditions are held at the beginning of the fall semester each year although an audition may be held in the spring for members entering at the second semester. Full orchestra meets once a week with the strings of the orchestra meeting for an additional rehearsal each week. Two to three concerts are given each semester, including an annual spoof concert done in costume at midnight on Halloween and a concert in the spring featuring winners of a concerto competition held each November. All students receive one credit and register for MUS 113a (strings) or MUS 113b (all non-strings including harp). Winds, brass, and percussion players are required to be members of the Wind Ensemble [see below].
UNIVERSITY WIND ENSEMBLE
The University Wind Ensemble is the select wind/percussion ensemble on campus, and is open to all university undergraduate and graduate students by audition. Additionally, the Wind Ensemble serves as the pool of players from which the wind section of the University Orchestra is selected. Primary auditions are held before the fall semester of each year, although some auditions may be held at the beginning of the spring semester to fill vacancies. The Wind Ensemble rehearses three hours weekly during the fall and spring semesters. Repertoire includes the highest quality of music available for winds and percussion, and the ensemble performs one concert each semester. Students may receive one credit for each semester of participation by registering for Music 118. Stipends are available on a limited basis for students participating in Wind Ensemble.
The Symphonic Band meets in the spring semester, and is open to all undergraduate and graduate students. There is no enrollment cap and no audition is required to play in the Symphonic Band; however, auditions for seating assignment may be held. The Symphonic Band rehearses twice weekly and performs one concert at the end of the spring semester. Repertoire for the Symphonic band includes but is not limited to outstanding works from the traditional concert band literature, contemporary wind band literature, orchestral transcriptions and pep band charts. Students may receive one credit for each semester of participation by registering for Music 119.
The Deacon Jazz Machine (DJM) is the flagship jazz ensemble at Wake Forest University. DJM is open to all students regardless of major. Deacon Jazz Machine rehearses three days per week (50 minute rehearsals) both fall and spring semesters and is AUDITION ONLY. The audition is held in the first few sessions of the semester and consists of ensemble and solo playing. Members of the DJM are expected to prepare adequately for rehearsals and performances. Moreover, DJM members should prepare to participate both fall and spring semesters. The DJM performs an endless variety of historical and contemporary jazz works. Public and professional performances are scheduled at the beginning of the semester and work around the availability of the performers. A “Guest Artist” concert featuring live performance and master clinic with a current and prominent jazz artist occurs during the spring semester. Students may receive one credit each semester by registering for Music 121 A.
The Jazz “Too” ensemble is open to all students interested in jazz music. Everyone is welcome regardless of experience, major or skill level. This group provides students the opportunity to study jazz, develop jazz skills and perform the best of a variety of styles of jazz music. Jazz “Too” rehearses 2 times per week in the fall and spring semesters, and performs one concert at the end of each semester. No audition is necessary, and students may receive one credit each semester by registering for Music 121 B.
THE SPIRIT OF THE OLD GOLD AND BLACK (Marching Band and Pep Band)
The Spirit of the Old Gold and Black (SOTOGAB) is the comprehensive Athletic Band Program at Wake Forest University consisting of the Marching Band (MUS 128… Athletic Band I) in the fall semester and the Basketball Pep Band (MUS 129… Athletic Band II) in the spring.
Marching Band (FALL Semester)
SOTOGAB marching band is an innovative marching ensemble consisting of the most contemporary marching accoutrement (including but not limited to: sideline percussion, modern color guard and present-day drill design) while maintaining the traditional concepts of the “Big Time” college Marching Band. During the fall semester, SOTOGAB performs weekly in front of large crowds at all home football games, executes one exhibition performance, travels to at least one away football game, travels to any NCAA postseason bowl games and begins the season for Men’s and Women’s NCAA Basketball. There isNO enrollment cap, NO AUDITION and NO EXPERIENCE required for participation in SOTOGAB during the fall semester, but ALL members are required to attend marching band camp prior to the beginning of the fall semester in order to learn all of the necessary skills! During the fall semester, SOTOGAB rehearses twice per week and participates in all game day activities on select Saturdays. Members may receive one credit by registering for Music 128. Travel expenses for ALL members and monetary stipends for third and fourth year members are provided.
Pep Band (SPRING Semester)
ALL performers that participate in the marching band during the fall semester are eligible to participate in the Basketball Pep Band. In order to receive credit, SOTOGAB Pep Band members must ALL participate in either MUS 119 (Symphonic Band) or MUS 118 (Wind Ensemble) during the spring semester. ALL participants in the basketball pep bands may receive an additional .5 credit for the spring semester by registering for Music 129. There are NO rehearsalrequirements for Pep Band; however, SOTOGAB Pep Band members are expected to perform at a minimum number of basketball games. ALL members meeting the attendance requirement are eligible for the ACC or NCAA Travelling Tournament Band. Tournament band travel is ALL EXPENSES PAID and selection is based upon seniority and specific participation criteria.
Collegium Musicum is an ensemble devoted to the performance of Renaissance and Baroque music on reproductions of period instruments, using performing styles from the appropriate periods. The instrumental Collegium ensemble joins forces with a vocal Collegium ensemble for a major concert each semester. The Collegium Musicum owns a varied instrumentarium of reproductions of early instruments, including recorders, krummhorns, Renaissance flutes, shawms, violas da gamba, sackbuts, cornetts, portative organ, and harpsichord. Students may receive one credit for each semester of participation by registering for Music 112.
Clarinet Choir is open to all WFU students who play clarinet (including bass, alto, contrabass, and E-flat clarinet). CC rehearses one hour per week, with limited extra rehearsals close to performance dates. Performance opportunities include Student Chamber Concert, Music Department Rep. Hour, local venues, and other WFU concerts.
The Flute Choir meets during the fall and spring semesters, and is open to university students who play the flute. Flute Choir meets for one hour each week, and performs annually at the Holiday Lovefeast on campus, as well as Flute Fest during the fall semester and other chamber music events during the year. Students may receive one credit for each semester of participation by registering for Music 120.
The Wake Forest Gamelan is devoted to performing traditional, neotraditional, and avant garde music for Balinese gamelan. The university owns two sets of gamelan—the seated angklung kembang kirang and the marching gamelan beleganjur—whose instruments consist of keyed metallophones, kettle and hanging gongs, drums, flutes, and cymbals. The ensemble is open to all Wake Forest students, faculty, and staff, as well as the greater Winston-Salem community. No audition or previous experience is required. The gamelan rehearses twice weekly for seventy-five minutes and performs at least once per semester. Repertoire for the gamelan ensemble includes music for angklung kembang kirang and gong kebyar as well as beleganjur (marching gamelan) and kecak (vocal gamelan). Ensemble members may additionally arrange for study of Balinese dance. Students may receive one credit for each semester of participation in the gamelan by registering for Music 117.
Guitar Ensemble is available each semester, and is open to students who have completed at least three semesters of private classical guitar instruction. Students must have knowledge of the entire guitar fingerboard. Students may receive one credit for each semester of participation by registering for Music 120.
Saxophone Quartet is open to WFU students by audition. SQ rehearses 2 hours per week, with limited extra rehearsals close to performance dates. Performance opportunities include Student Chamber Concert, Music Department Rep. Hour, Concerto Competition, local venues, and other WFU concerts.
OTHER CHAMBER ENSEMBLES
Small chamber music ensembles are available and may be organized according to student interest. Among the chamber ensembles available are: string quartet, brass quintet, woodwind quintet, percussion ensemble, saxophone quartet, and mixed ensembles often including piano.