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The University of West Florida Singers, now in its fourteenth year as a university-sponsored student organization, has served the university community and the region of Northwest Florida through its performances, recruitment efforts, and its dedication to collegiality. The UWF Singers provides students with the opportunity for vocal musical expression in a range of styles, through large ensemble as well as small ensemble experiences.
The UWF Singers has sponsored the birth of two new groups over the years: The UWF Madrigal Singers and The UWF Jazz Vocal Ensemble. Through its performances, the organization has continued to further enhance the cultural awareness of Northwest Florida while, at the same time, strengthening the image of the university by providing quality and diverse musical offerings.
The UWF Symphonic Band is an ensemble that performs many of the great works in band literature such as works by Holst, Percy Grainger, Robert W. Smith, Sousa, Brahms, Wagner, Beethoven, Holsinger, Weber, and Mozart just to name a few composers. The band performs four concerts per year on campus in the Mainstage Theater of the Fine and Performing Arts with occasional concerts in other venues. The band consists of over 50 members from all over the country many of which are on scholarship. The band is made up of about half music majors and minors and half non majors and is open to any UWF students with instrumental music experience. Contact the conductor Richard T. Glaze at firstname.lastname@example.org or (850)474-2181 for more information.
The “Runge Strings” Orchestra was created in 2001. The Orchestra consists of graduate and undergraduate music majors and minors. The music director of the orchestra is the director of the UWF String Program Dr. Leonid Yanovskiy. The orchestra bears the name of the passionate and generous string music supporter, the late Mr. Paul Runge.
The orchestra’s repertoire includes the music from the Baroque and Classical eras to the compositions of the 21st century. The ensemble has accompanied student soloists, UWF faculty members and distinguished guest soloists. as well as performed with various choral and instrumental ensembles: the UWF Singers, the PJC Choral, and the Goliard Chamber Ensemble of New York.
The UWF Jazz Program, under the direction of Dr. Joseph Spaniola, offers the student the opportunity to play jazz music and develop their skills in a variety of ensemble settings, from the traditional Jazz Big Band to medium sized ensembles ranging from septets to quartets to the classic jazz trio. Students are exposed to all facets of the art, from sectional playing to soloing, from sight-reading to improvisation. The repertoire focuses on the entire one hundred year history of the genre, enabling the student to become familiar with and authentically perform all of the broad range of styles in this music that we call jazz. Membership in these performance groups is also available to Music Minors and Non-Majors with the permission of the director (audition required).