University Symphony Orchestra
This ensemble undertakes an ambitious four-concert series of programs exploring the finest in orchestral repertoire. In addition, the members of the orchestra participate in the annual Christmas concerts, hosts an annual orchestra invitational involving several high school orchestras, and presents a Spring concert featuring outstanding PLU soloists.
University Wind Ensemble
The Wind Ensemble presents four major programs each year, tours annually in the Northwest, hosts the annual Northwest High School Honor Band Festival, and often plays off campus at high schools, festivals, and conventions. In addition, the group joins forces with the University Symphony Orchestra to provide ceremonial music for all university events such as convocations and graduation.
University Concert Band
The PLU Concert Band is a non-auditioned ensemble made up of PLU students in all areas and disciplines of the university as well members from the PLU community. The band rehearses one evening per week and performs at the conclusion of each semester. Membership is open to all students with prior high school music experience
University Jazz Ensemble
The University Jazz Ensemble is a jazz big band, varying in instrumentation according to repertoire. The ensemble performs regularly on the PLU campus, at jazz venues in the Puget Sound area, regional high schools, and national jazz festivals. The UJE is featured annually on the Holiday Jazz Jam, a live Christmas season broadcast with famous jazz artists from the local and national scenes. The ensemble performs jazz big band repertoire from all eras of the music, from Duke Ellington to Maria Schnieder, and covers all styles of jazz from early swing to jazz/rock.
This class is an organized jazz combo rehearsal and forum and also serves as an advanced improvisation class. The PLU jazz combos have performed at numerous jazz venues and jazz festivals.