The University of New Hampshire is home to several instrumental and vocal performing ensembles, which are open to both Music majors and non-majors.
Chamber Ensembles of various instrumental groupings (i.e., brass quintet, woodwind quintet, string quartet and jazz combos) are available with permission. Coached by faculty, these non-conducted ensembles promote a high level of musical independence and non-verbal, musical communication skills among its members.
The University Symphony Orchestra is an ensemble comprised of both undergraduate and graduate students that performs at least 2-3 concerts per semester. It is open to any student at the university by audition. Non-majors are particularly welcome to join!
The UNHSO is a full symphony orchestra that plays pieces from all eras and styles of the repertoire, from Baroque masters to new compositions. The orchestra is led by Dr. David Upham. Rehearsals are held in the Paul Creative Arts Center on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:10-12:30. String players have an additional rehearsal on Monday evenings from 8:10-9:30 pm.
UNH Athletic Bands
The University of New Hampshire Wildcat Marching Band, or "WMB," has a tradition of being one of the most spirited organizations on campus. Made up of students from the entire campus, with majors ranging from music education and performance to mechanical engineering and equine science, the WMB performs at all home football games and several other regional exhibitions and parades. Membership in the WMB is open to ALL students regardless of experience level. In fact, a majority of the band members are non-music majors and the band's GPA is consistently above the university average.
The Concert Choir is a large mixed chorus that studies and performs classical and modern literature. Performing four programs annually, the choir frequently draws upon student soloists. The concert choir rehearses Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 4:10 to 5:30 p.m.
The Chamber Singers is a small mixed group which studies and performs sacred and secular works from the Renaissance to the present. The Chamber Singers rehearse Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 11:10 to 12:30 p.m.