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MUSIC ENSEMBLES THRIVE ON UW-RF CAMPUS

By Meghan Dusek
UW-RF University Communications

OCT. 28, 2005--For a campus generally known for its agricultural, business and education programs, the sound of music is largely lauded at UW-River Falls. With more than 15 instrumental ensembles in existence, music is clearly a valued and integral part of the campus tradition.

The Falcon Flute Choir is the newest addition to the music ensemble scene. It is directed by Janis Weller, who teaches on campus but also moonlights as an author, artist and founder of the Elision Institute. The choir is made up of both campus and community talents, and plays a range of music from classical to jazz.

One of the most visual ensembles on campus and in the region is River Falls Brass, comprised of music faculty members Tom Barnett and Craig Hara on trumpets, Andrew Parks on horn, Rick Gaynor on trombone and Charles Wazanowski on tuba. This renowned group has played with artists ranging from The Temptations to the Minnesota Orchestra to the Moody Blues. The RF Brass is set to perform a free concert on campus next on Nov. 20 at 8 p.m. in the Abbott Concert Hall of the Kleinpell Fine Arts Building.

The Trombone Choir, directed by Rick Gaynor, is in the process of making itself a campus presence. On Nov. 12, declared Trombone Day, area students from grades 7-12 will descend upon the campus for various clinics and rehearsals on trombone.

Other campus ensembles include the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, which has toured parts of Europe and Asia; the St. Croix Valley Symphony Orchestra, comprised of campus and community members interested in music and supporting arts in the St. Croix Valley; Percussion Ensemble; Brass Ensemble (set to perform a free concert Nov. 15 at 8 p.m. in the Abbott Concert Hall); Jazz Ensemble; Woodwind Ensemble (set to perform a free concert Nov. 13 at 3 p.m. in the Abbott Concert Hall) as well as other groups.

For more information on the various ensembles and their next appearances on campus, see the UW-RF music department's upcoming musical events page: http://www.uwrf.edu/music/events.html .

           
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