James Madison University School of Music

Large Ensembles

Robert McCashin, music director

Email: mccashrd@jmu.edu

Membership is open to all JMU students by audition. The Chamber Orchestra is a smaller, preparatory ensemble of 24 - 30 players. This ensemble presents several performances per year with specialized programming from Baroque, Classical and small orchestral works of the 20th century. In addition, the Chamber Orchestra reads a variety of works during the semester.

Scott Rikkers, conductor

Email: rikkersd@jmu.edu

William Posey, conductor

Email: poseywg@jmu.edu

Membership open without audition. The band performs a wide variety of band literature.

Scott Rikkers, director

Membership is open to all JMU students. Attendance at band camp, held the week before school opens, is required. The Marching Royal Dukes have been featured on the Columbia Pictures Publications Marching Band Album and in 1988 and 1991 were the guest exhibition band for the Bands of America Grand National Championship. The Marching Royal Dukes won the Sudler Trophy - the Heisman Trophy of college marching bands - in 1994, and they were featured in a full-length article in USA Today regarding their selection. Further acclaim has come from the band's participation in President Clinton's 1997 inaugural parade, President Bush's inaugural in 2001 and from its first European tour, highlighted by a performance at Monaco's 700th-anniversary celebration and their performance in Athens, Greece in December 2000.

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Robert McCashin, conductor

Membership by audition, fall semester.
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Stephen Bolstad, conductor

Email: bolstasp@jmu.edu

Membership by audition. The Symphonic Band performs a wide variety of band literature.

Robert McCashin, conductor

Membership open to all JMU students by audition. String sections include string majors and some nonmajors; wind, brass and percussion positions are held by the School of Music's top major/performers. Each year, this select group of about 75 musicians presents approximately six performances of the mainstream symphonic works of the 19th and 20th centuries. Programming includes music of a broad variety of nationalistic styles.

Stephen Bolstad, conductor

Membership by audition. The Wind Symphony is the university's premier wind and percussion concert ensemble and has played numerous times at the Virginia Music Educators Conference, College Band Directors National Conference and at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The Wind Symphony has made numerous recordings and has been used by major publishers such as Warner Brothers, CPP Belwin, Kjos, Barnhouse and Carl Fischer. As a part of the School of Music's annual Contemporary Music Festival, they have worked with composers Karel Husa, Joseph Schnwanter, Donald Erb, John Harbison, Francis McBeth, Mark Camphouse and Samuel Adler. Graduates of the Wind Symphony hold major positions in several of the Washington-based military bands, post bands and major symphony orchestras throughout the world, in addition to those serving as noted teachers and conductors. Auditions are open to any JMU student and they occur the day before school starts each semester.

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