Instrumental Ensembles


University Orchestra
Salvatore Scarpa, Director

This full-sized orchestra performs concerts of the standard repertoire, Young Peoples Concerts, and a Pops concert. The group also sponsors an annual soloist competition. Membership is open to University students and members of the community by audition.

String Ensemble
George Atanasiu, Director

The String Ensemble offers a specialized performing opportunity for those playing the violin, viola, cello, and double bass. No audition is necessary and all Rowan students and members of the community who have had string experience may participate. The String Ensemble is also a credit-bearing General Education course.

Woodwinds, Brass and Percussion

Wind Ensemble
Joseph Higgins, Conducto

The Rowan University Wind Ensemble is the premier wind band of the College of Performing Arts at Rowan University.  Its members are advanced and versatile musicians selected by a competitive audition each semester.  Repertoire performed is representative of the finest in wind literature, including musical styles from the Renaissance through today.  Innovative programming allows student-musicians to perform and interact with Rowan’s outstanding faculty, visiting guest artists, and composers from around the world.  Rehearsals are held on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30-4:45pm.

Concert Band
Joseph Higgins, Conductor

The Rowan University Concert Band ("College Band") is comprised of music majors as well as talented students from many other disciplines.  Exploring a variety works for band, the ensemble prides itself in achieving a consistently high level of performance.  Student-musicians share in the excitement of the creative process as they prepare two concerts each semester.  All interested students are encouraged to contact the conductor for more information.  Rehearsals are now held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30-8:00pm.

Fall 2016 Concert Band auditions for non-music majors will be held during the first week of classes in Wilson Hall, Room 131. Please contact Prof. Higgins via email to set up a meeting or to request more information. Audition requirements: 1) Any 4 major scales in any range, pattern, or tempo. 2) 2 selections (1 in a lyrical style, 1 in a technical/articulate style); these can be short excerpts of a longer work, no more than 90 seconds each.

Flute Ensemble
Adeline Tomasone, Director
Clarinet Ensemble
Rie Suzuki, Director

The Clarinet Ensemble performs a versatile repertoire of genres from classical to jazz in both small and large group settings. In addition, the course utilizes unique performing opportunities for students to explore all clarinets from the E-flat to the contra-bass. The Clarinet Ensemble, a credited course, is designed for university clarinet majors as well as non-music majors via the audition process.

Saxophone Ensemble

Percussion Ensemble
Dean Witten, Director

Consisting of percussion majors, this ensemble is one of the most active music organizations on campus. Recent tours have included the Eastman School of Music, the University of Delaware, Penn State University, the Queens College (NYC) as well as frequent visits to local public schoos. The group has recorded five CDs and regularly commissions new music.

Guitar Ensemble

The guitar program has been an important part of the music department since 1972. Rowan guitar students may also study early instruments such as the lute, the vihuela de mano and the mandolin. The guitar ensemble performs works for guitar trio, quartet, and larger groups.

Contemporary Music Ensemble

This ensemble performs selections ranging from experimental concepts on the "cutting edge" to more traditional contemporary repertoire as well as improvisation. It also features premiers of works by Rowan student composers.