The Binghamton University Symphony is a 70-piece symphonic orchestra composed of music majors, minors and dedicated non-majors drawn from throughout the student body. The ensemble presents at least four major concerts each season in a wide range of genres from contemporary works back to the Renaissance.
Auditions for all seats are held during the first week of classes; sign up sheets and information are posted by the rehearsal room, Fine Arts 111. Students performing two consecutive semesters fulfill the "A" General Education requirement. Click here for the Orchestra brochure.
WEEKLY REHEARSALS IN FA 111
MON: 7:00-8:00 pm String Sectional
MON: 8:15-9:15 pm Winds-Brass-Percussion Sectional
WED: 7:00-9:30 pm - Full orchestra rehearsal
(0-2 credits; Gen. Ed. "A" credit available)
The 50+ members of the University Wind Ensemble perform historically significant, standard and important new works for Wind Band in a season of four major concerts. Auditions for all majors are weclome to audition. Information and sign-ups are posted outside Fine Arts 111 and by the Music Office, FA 165. Students performing two consecutive semesters fulfill the "A" General Education requirement.
WEEKLY REHEARSALS IN FA 111
MON & WED: 4:40-6:05 pm
The Harpur Jazz Ensemble studies and performs big-band repertoire and appears frequently on and off campus. Guests who have appeared in concert with this popular ensemble include, among others, Clark Terry, "Slam" Stewart, Manny Albam, Urbie Green, Frank Wess, Phil Woods, Jimmy Owens, Marian McPartland, Steve Brown, Mel Lewis, Slide Hampton, Peter Appleyard, John Faddis, Rufus Reid, Danny D'Imperio, Houston Person, Rob McConnell, Dave Stryker, Chris Washburne, Ron Vincent, Eddie Allen, Bruce Johnstone, Cynthia Scott, Bill Easley, Tia Fuller, Steve Davis, Harry Allen, Walter White, John McNeil, Sherrie Maricle, and Jennifer Leitham.
WEEKLY REHEARSALS IN FA 24
TUE: 7:00-10:00 pm
THR: 6:00-7:30 pm
The Nukporfe African Dance-Drumming Ensemble is comprised of 30–40 singers, dancers, and drummers, who have taken introductory courses in African Drumming and Dance in the Department of Music (MUS 143B), Africana Studies (188B, 289J, 389J), and Theatre Dance (289J, 389J), or who have significant previous experience in African music or dance. We give between 4–5 major performances each year at BU as well as throughout the Tri-Cities community, and we often participate in inter-collegiate music festivals and other cultural activities within the area.
WED: 6:30–8:30 pm and FRI: 1:00-3:00 pm
Qualified students may be placed in a variety of chamber music ensembles (trios, quartets, quintets, etc.) and receive faculty coaching and University credit. Rehearsals are arranged with a faculty coach.
The department offers a variety of small ensembles (Percussion, Trumpet, Low Brass, etc.) with faculty directors when students, admitted to the major ensemble program have sufficient numbers and interest. The groups rehearse weekly and present a concert each term. Times are arranged to meet students schedules and credit is available.