About the School
For additional ensemble information, please contact associated faculty, linked below. Audition sign up sheets and sheet music for these ensembles are available at the main School of Music office in FAH 136.
The USF School of Music offers numerous performance opportunities through ensembles, including choral groups, bands, jazz ensembles, orchestra, percussion ensembles, electronic music groups, and a host of chamber ensembles.
Auditions are open to all USF students—from music majors seeking to improve their skills to non-majors wanting to round out their college experience. Auditions are generally held the weekend before classes start in the Fall and Spring.
Ensemble choices include Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Campus Concert Band, and the Herd of Thunder Marching Band. Contact Dr. John Carmichael, Director of Bands, for more information.
USF Wind Ensemble
Known as one of the finest university wind bands in the South, the USF Wind Ensemble performs only the best repertoire available, both old and new. Composers of compositions performed include Maslanka, Holst, Diamond, Grantham, Ticheli, Colgrass, Stravinsky, Moncayo, Nelson, Harbison, Benson, and Copland. This highly select ensemble has been involved in the commissioning of numerous new works and has a number of world premieres to its credit. The Wind Ensemble has recently produced two compact discs, each receiving critical acclaim. One was recorded in Carnegie Hall where the Wind Ensemble appeared as a featured university band. While performing at national, regional and state conferences of music professionals, the Wind Ensemble has further enhanced its reputation as a strong musical group. Participation in the Wind Ensemble is obtained through a successful audition which will be held at the beginning of each semester. Wind Ensemble is open to music majors and qualified non-majors. Rehearsals occur on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:00 pm to 3:50 pm and on Fridays from 2:30 pm to 3:20 pm. For more information please contact Dr. Carmichael.
USF Symphonic Band
The USF Symphonic Band, directed by Dr. Matthew McCutchen, fosters the highest performance standards while offering its members an opportunity to expand their technical, intellectual, and musical horizons. Although made up primarily of music majors, the Symphonic Band is open to all university students by comprehensive auditions at the beginning of each semester. Two performances are scheduled each semester providing students with a diverse repertoire that is performed with great attention to musical and artistic detail. Recent performances by the Symphonic Band have included masterworks by Holst, Grainger, Shostakovich, Bach, Schuman and Persichetti, and well a newer gems by Bryant, Ticheli, Maslanka, Grantham, and Mackey. The band rehearses on Mondays and Wednesdays from 2:50 – 4:55, and Fridays from 2:55 - 4. For more information please contact Dr. McCutchen.
USF Campus Band
The USF Campus Band is directed by Dr. Matthew McCutchen and assisted by graduate students working on masters degrees in instrumental conducting. The ensemble is open to all USF students with interest and experience in wind band music. No audition is required and chair seating is flexible. The purpose of the Concert Band is to provide a means to continue performing for students who played in band throughout high school but did not wish to pursue music as a major in college. Furthermore, it provides music education students an opportunity to become proficient on secondary instruments before beginning their teaching careers. The Campus Band meets on Wednesday evenings from 7 - 9 pm during the Spring Semester, and gives two concerts a year. For more information please contact Dr. McCutchen.
Students interested in voice at USF, can choose between the Chamber Singers, Collegium Choir, or Collegiate Singers. Membership in the Master Chorale of Tampa Bay is also available through audition. Contact James Bass, Director of Choral Studies , for more information.
The USF Symphonic Orchestra is a full orchestra for advanced string, wind and percussion students. Contact Dr. William Wiedrich, Director of Orchestra, for more information.
The USF Symphony Orchestra is comprised of highly accomplished graduate and undergraduate students in the USF School of Music. Auditions are held at the beginning of each semester, and non-music majors are welcome to participate by performing a successful audition. Prospective students are encouraged to contact the School of Music to arrange a one-dayt visit and to sit in with the USFSO in rehearsal or attend a concert performance, as well as attend studio master classes.
The USF Symphony Orchestra is nationally renowned for it's "fearless" programming of contemporary works as well as established major orchestral repertoire. The USF Symphony Orchestra has premiered ten works for orchestra of chamber orchestra - most recently FLASH, for chorus and orchestra, by former Chicago Symphony Composer-in-Residence Augusta Read Thomas. This was a commission by the USF College of the Arts to commemorate the grand opening of the state-of-the-art new USF Concert Hall in 2010.
The orchestra has recently collaborated with other composers such as Louis Andriessen, David Del Tredici, and Todd Goodman. The orchestra has just released Robert Helps: The Orchestral Works on the Albany label, which has been critically acclaimed, and will be featured on a CD release on the Naxos label entitled The Concertos of Todd Goodman. Performances of the orchestra have been broadcast on Irish Public Radio, WWFM (The Classical Network - Trenton, NJ), Princeton University Public Radio, WQED Classical Radio (Pittsburgh, PA), MCLV Classical Radio (Cleveland, OH), and WTSU (Troy State University Public Radio).
USF features two Jazz Ensembles (Big Bands) as well as several combos. Contact Professor Jack Wilkins, Director of Jazz Studies, for more information.
In addition to performing with many of our other ensembles, percussionists also can participate in the Percussion Ensemble and Marimba Ensemble. Contact Professor Bob McCormick, Director of the Percussion Area, for more information.
The University of South Florida Percussion and Marimba Ensembles are recognized by composers and scholars throughout the world for their many recordings and performances of new classical music. The USF Percussion Ensemble has performed at the Ewha International Percussion Festival in Seoul, at MENC state, regional and national conventions and for the Percussive Arts Society International Conference History of the Avant-Garde. Among the most recorded ensembles of its genre, the group has received high critical acclaim in American Record Guide, Fanfare and the Gramophone prestigious Best Recordings of North America. Director Robert McCormick is especially proud of the many alumni that have gone on to develop significant careers in the percussion field. Among the significant activities of the USF Percussion program is the annual McCormick Marimba Festival which attracts artists and universities from around the world. The McCormick Percussion Group was the recipient of a 2012 Global Music Award for Originality/Creativity. Recordings are available at most major on-line classical music websites, or I-tunes listed under McCormick Percussion Group. Several You Tube videos are also available.
Through SYCOM (Systems Complex for the Recording and Performing Arts) and degree programs in Electronic Music and Electro Acustic Music, there are many options for students interested in electronic music recording and performance. Contact Dr. Paul Reller for more information.
A large variety of chamber groups form each semester and including combinations of winds, string, percussion, and voice. We even offer a Master of Music in Chamber Music degree program. Contact Dr. Svetozar Ivanov for more information.
Open to music majors and non-majors, the USF Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble performs regularly on campus. Additional performances in other locations may be scheduled (in March 2011 the group performed at the South Region Tuba Euphonium Conference in Chattanooga, Tennessee). Permission from the director, Jay Hunsberger, is required for admission to the ensemble.