Performance Opportunities through Courses

Many of the courses in our curriculum provide opportunities to perform as part of the course objectives. Here is a sample of such courses.

Acadia University Wind Ensemble

Directed by Mark Hopkins

The Acadia University Wind Ensemble has developed a reputation for exciting performances of great wind music, and is recognized as one of the finest wind bands in the Maritime region.

Since its inception in 2006, the AUWE has performed showcase performances at the Nova Scotia Music Educator’s Conference, and undertaken highly acclaimed tours of Cape Breton, mainland Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick. The AUWE is providing leadership in the region by commissioning and performing new works.

The Wind Ensemble is the premiere instrumental ensemble at Acadia University, It presents performances of the finest wind repertoire from the last 500 years, prepared to a professional standard.

Acadia University Symphonic Band

Directed by Ardith Haley

This ensemble is open to any experienced player of woodwind, brass, and percussion instruments. The group is led by Ardith Haley. Students can enroll for credit, and there are non-credit options as well. Off campus players are welcome.

Acadia University Chorus

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Acadia Jazz Ensemble/Big Band

Directed by Mark Adam and Nic D’Amato

The Acadia University Jazz Ensemble has been able to distinguish itself as one of Acadia’s most dynamic performing ensembles. Each year the ensemble has been kept busy exploring some of the most difficult music in the Big Band repertoire.

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Acadia University Orchestra

Directed by Christoph Both

For many years, the Acadia University Orchestra has engaged in repertoire from the 16th to the 21st century. While primarily serving the needs of the School of Music’s String Program, this ensemble is also open to all qualifying students and faculty of Acadia and the wider community.

Acadia University Percussion Ensemble

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Gamelan Ensemble

Directed by Ken Shorley

This ensemble performs on a set of beautiful Indonesian instruments which are in residence at Acadia – bronze gongs, gong-chimes and metallophones, in addition to xylophone, hand drums and bamboo flute. Established in 2009, the Gamelan Ensemble performs traditional and contemporary music for “gamelan degung”, which is a regional style from West Java known for its elegance, lyricism and buoyant groove. In recent years, the Ensemble has commissioned and premiered a number of works by both Canadian and Indonesian composers.

Entrance to the ensemble is by audition, following successful completion of the Introduction to Gamelan course (MUSI 2383), which is open to both music and non-music majors.