West Texas A&M University

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Major Ensembles



Symphony Orchestra

Other Performing Ensembles

Brass Choir
Guglielmo Manfredi, director

Chamber Music
Ensembles as arranged.  Consult a faculty member to serve as coach.

Harrington String Quartet

Horn Choir
Guglielmo Manfredi, director

Jazz Ensembles
Douglas Storey and James Barger, directors
The Jazz Ensembles include two 18-piece big bands. Students also have the opportunity to form their own combos and enroll as a class. Membership is open to the entire student body by competitive audition. The Jazz Program has hosted international stars such as Jeff Coffin, James Carter, Bob Sheppard, and Benny Green giving 3 day residencies with our students.

Opera Workshop
Sarah Beckham, director
MUSI 3162 - MTTH 4:00-5:50 PM (This course meets at times in addition to those listed in the course catalog.)
Opera Workshop focuses on the performance of operatic repertoire through scenes programs, concerts and fully staged works. Students enrolled in opera workshop receive performance techniques in acting, movement and career training.  Auditions for opera workshop are open to any WTAMU student.

Percussion Ensemble
Susan Martin Tariq, director
Percussion Ensemble meets twice weekly for 80 minutes each. All percussion majors are strongly encouraged to participate in this class every semester and non-majors are welcome (instructor consent required). The ensemble presents a concert on campus each semester and occasionally performs off campus at community events. The ensemble has performed at the Texas Music Educators Convention in San Antonio and can be heard on the 2003 Evelyn Rivers Christmas Project CD recording and Home Grown, a CD recording by the ensemble that features compositions and arrangements by former percussion ensemble members. The ensemble performs a variety of musical styles including classical transcriptions, ragtime compositions, world music and contemporary compositions written expressly for the vast array of percussion instruments.

Trombone Choir
John Shanks, director

Tuba/Euphonium Ensemble
Jeremy Lewis, director
The Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble is comprised of 20-25 music majors and rehearses twice weekly during the fall and spring semesters. Performances occur each semester on the WTAMU campus with additional civic performances in Amarillo or Canyon. The ensemble has recently traveled for performances during regional and international conferences. Check out www.wtamutubaeuphonium.weebly.com for more information.