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The UWF Singers perform at Old Christ Church
UWF Singers

The University of West Florida Singers was founded in 1967 at the newly established University of West Florida. With frequent collaborative performances with the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra, the Pensacola Choral Society, and the Pensacola Children's Chorus, the UWF Singers have continued to be an example of choral excellence in the Northwest Florida region. The UWF Singers is the flagship choral ensemble at the University of West Florida. Two additional choirs make up the trifecta of choirs at UWF -- the select UWF Chamber Choir and the non-auditioned soprano/alto UWF Concert ChoirAll three groups are under the direction of Dr. Peter Steenblik.


The UWF Symphonic Band rehearses under the direction of Professor Richard Glaze
UWF Symphonic Band

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 rglaze@uwf.edu or (850)474-2181 for more information.


The Runge Strings Orchestra poses with their instruments in front of the fountain at the Center for Fine and Performing Arts
UWF Runge Strings

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 Jazz Combo performs at the Honors Convocation
UWF Jazz Band and Combo

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).


The Percussion Ensemble performs in the Mainstage Theatre at the Center for Fine and Performing Arts
Pensacola West Percussion Enseemble

The Pensacola West Percussion Ensemble is a collaborative effort of the University of West Florida and Pensacola State College to provide quality percussion music to the Pensacola area. Percussion Ensemble is a vital part of the study of percussion. We perform a wide range of both standard and new works for chamber percussion
ensemble by composers such as Steve Reich, Elliot Cole, Joe Tompkins, Brian Nozny, Owen Clayton Condon, and many more.

The PWPE is open to both music and non-music majors with a background in
percussion and is offered as a 0 or 1 credit hour course. The ensemble performs two concerts each semester at both UWF and PSC. Each Spring Semester the Pensacola West Percussion Ensemble features a special guest artist. Past guest performers with the ensemble include Benjamin Fraley (Troy University), Andy Martin (Auburn Univeristy, University of Mobile), Peter Ferry, and Elliot Cole.

For more information about the Pensacola West Percussion Ensemble and the
Percussion Program at UWF please contact the Director, Laura Noah at lnoah@uwf.edu