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Large Ensembles


Symphony Orchestra

The Austin Peay State University Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Gregory Wolynec, is designed for the development of the professional educator and professional performer. Its 60 members include students from a variety of majors as well as several advanced community members from the Middle Tennessee area.

The orchestra is dedicated to performing a wide variety of symphonic works from the late Baroque to the present day, having performed works by George Frideric Handel as well as Joan Tower. The orchestra performs twice each semester, including the annual opera production.

Contact:
Dr. Gregory Wolynec: wolynecg@apsu.edu; 931-221-7642

Wind Ensemble

Open by audition, the APSU Wind Ensemble consists of a pool of 45 select musicians from the music department. Recognized as one of the premier ensembles of it's kind in the southeast the ensemble performed at both the 2008 College Band Directors National Association Southern Division Conference in Columbus, Ga as well as the 2008 Tennessee Music Educators Association Annual Convention in Nashville. The ensemble was recently selected for performance at the 2010 CBDNA Southern Division Conference in Oxford, Ms. The Wind Ensemble performs two concerts per semester on the APSU campus as well as an annual spring tour to Tennessee public schools. Repertoire features the best of the classic band and chamber wind literature, as well as new works by today's leading composers. Recent premiers have been met with great enthusiasm by composers Anthony Plog, Lee Hoiby and Jeffrey Wood. The ensemble's first CD, Aubade, was released in the spring of 2008 featuring works by Poulenc, Stucky, Ticheli, Holst and Ives. A second recording featuring world premiers will be released during the summer of 2010.

Contact: 
Dr. Gregory Wolynec: wolynecg@apsu.edu; 931-221-7642


Symphonic Band

For APSU students with experience on wind or percussion instruments, the Symphonic Band offers an opportunity to perform classic and contemporary symphonic band literature during two spring concerts. Scholarships are available. 

Contact:
Professor John Schnettler: schnettlerj@apsu.edu; 931-221-6820 

Pep Band

No APSU basketball game would be complete without the high-energy sounds of the Pep Band.  Performing during home basketball games, conference tournament games and NCAA tournament appearances, the Band is open to all APSU students with experience playing the saxophone, mellophone, trumpet, trombone, baritone, tuba, drum set, bass or electric guitar, without audition.

Contact:
Professor John Schnettler: schnettlerj@apsu.edu; 931-221-6820


University Choir

The University Choir is the largest choral ensemble in the music department. Membership is open to the entire university community. The chorus performs a diverse repertoire from classical to spirituals in several concerts a year.

The highlight of the fall semester is the Holiday Dinner, which draws a large audience from the campus as well as the entire Clarksville community. The University Choir also periodically performs major choral works with instrumental ensembles. Students earn one hour of credit for participating. Students interested in joining the University Choir should contact Dr. Korre Foster, director of choral activities.

Contact:
Dr. Korre Foster: fosterk@apsu.edu; 931-221-7002

Opera Workshop

Each fall, students in every major are invited to audition for the Opera Workshop, which presents a production during the spring. Opera Workshop performances have included Italian, American, German and French operas.

Contact:
Lisa Conklin-Bishop: conklinbishopl@apsu.edu; 931-221-7898