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Musicianship and Orchestra

About Our Classes

Music theory is the language of music and can provide the foundation for many uses from songwriting to music appreciation.

Musicianship classes are all about building your skills as a musician and often include explorations of music theory put into practical usage ranging from guided listening to honing technique in ensemble playing in your instrument.

More class information can be found in our online registration system or by clicking on the course links below. Browse all of our registration options.

Program Term Delivery Method Courses Ages
Conservatory Youth Orchestra (Winds/Brass/Strings/Percussion) Full Year In Person 12-16
Conservatory Youth String Orchestra (Violin/Cello/Bass/Viola) Full Year In Person
8-12
Introduction to Music Full Year In Person 2-6
Regina Community Orchestra Fall/ Winter/Full Year In Person 13+
University Concert Band Fall In Person 18+

University Jazz Ensemble I

Fall In Person 18+
University Jazz Ensemble II Fall In Person 18+
University New Music Ensemble Winter In Person 18+
University Orchestra Fall In Person 18+
University Wind Ensemble Fall In Person 18+

*Previous playing experience is required to join this group. Click to learn more.

Conservatory Youth Orchestra (Winds/Brass/Strings)

This Conservatory Youth Orchestra is a beginner/intermediate orchestra for students who are looking for ensemble learning experiences. This program is open to all players studying typical orchestral winds (clarinet/oboe/flute/piccolo/bassoon), brass (trumpet/tuba/baritone/trombone/french horn), string (cello/violin/viola/double bass/harp), and percussion (timpani/marimba/xylophone and others) instruments. This is perfect for Private Lesson students looking for experience playing in a group and elementary band players curious about orchestral music. Players will spend the first 45 minutes with a clinician in their instrument area, then will join the rest of the Regina Community Orchestra (RCO) members for the first 45 minutes of rehearsal as a large group. Both groups will be learning the same repertoire throughout the term. The Conservatory Youth Orchestra is open to anyone without audition; however, basic instrumental and musical skills in your instrument of 2 years at minimum is required to join. This group is directed by Adrian Casas.

Conservatory Youth String Orchestra (Violin/Cello/Viola/Double Bass)

This Conservatory Youth String Orchestra is a beginner orchestra for string students who are graduating out of our Youth Strings Program (ages 3-7) or who have spent 2 years in Private Lessons and are looking for an ensemble to build their skills. This orchestra introduces students to playing music from a variety of periods, working as an ensemble musician, and improving sight reading skills. This orchestra will continue important music theory and ensemble playing skills developed in the Youth Strings Program. There is no audition required to join this orchestra but students should have at minimum 2 years playing experience in violin, cello, viola, or double bass. Once players are 12 years old they can join the Conservatory Youth Orchestra. This group is directed by Alaina Majewski.

Regina Community Orchestra

The Regina Community Orchestra is open to adults and older youth who want to play symphonic music (strings, winds, brass, percussion) both classical and contemporary. This affordable ensemble provides an opportunity for members to play music that they enjoy, develop their musical skills further, and socialize with others having similar interests. This course is open to anyone without audition; however, basic instrumental and musical skills are necessary since the orchestra's principal objective is improving playing for intermediate/advanced players. This group is directed by Adrian Casas.

The Conservatory of Performing would like to thank the Saskatchewan Orchestral Association and the Saskatchewan Band Association for their financial support of our youth and adult orchestral programming.

University Concert Band (non-credit)

The University Concert Band is a non-auditioned ensemble open to all university students and adult community members. This ensemble focuses on performing exciting and dynamic repertoire. Please contact Brent Ghiglione to book an audition time and/or interview for admittance into the band. 

University Jazz Ensemble I (non-credit)

The University Jazz Ensemble I is open to all university students and adult community members. Please contact Dave Dick to book an audition time for admittance to the ensemble.

University Jazz Ensemble II (non-credit)

The University Jazz Ensemble II is an auditioned Jazz Ensemble that is open to all univeristy students and adult community members. Please contact Chad Huel to book an audition time for admittance to the ensemble.

University New Music Ensemble (non-credit)

The University New Music Ensemble is open to all university students and adult community members. It is an open instrumentation ensemble that studies and performs works of the 20th and 21st century music and is invaluable for any music student, but particularly for students majoring in composition. This ensemble allows for rehearsal and performance of newly created student compositions, works for open ensemble by contemporary composers such as Reich, Cage, and others, and skills in improvisation.Please contact David Dick to arrange an audition for admittance to this ensemble.

University Orchestra (non-credit)

A high level ensemble open to university students and the wider community, the University Orchestra performs challenging works in a wide range of styles and eras. Each semester the orchestra presents a full concert in the University Theatre. Please contact Adrian Casas to book an audition for admittance to this ensemble.

University Wind Ensemble (non-credit)

The University Wind Ensemble is open to all univeristy students and the wider community. This ensemble performs challenging standard and contemporary wind band repertoire and boasts guest conductors and soloists as part of its concert series. Please contact Brent Ghiglione to book an audition time for admittance into the ensemble.

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