Instrumental Ensembles

The instrumental ensembles at The University of Alabama are dedicated to performing the world’s finest repertoire. Internationally renowned, the ensembles have been selected to perform at the International Festival of Bands in England, national and regional conferences of the College Band Directors National Association, and the National Band Association.

Performing with these ensembles, students have premiered numerous works by noted composers including David Maslanka, Ira Hearshen, Nigel Clarke and Donald Grantham. The Alabama Wind Ensemble recently completed recording the works of Ira Hearshen that will be released nationally.

Associated Courses




The Alabama Wind Ensemble MUA 152/352/552 Tuesday & Thursday, 2:00-3:45pm
The Huxford Symphony Orchestra MUA 150/350/550 Monday & Wednesday, 2:00-3:45pm
The Alabama Symphonic Band MUA 154-354 Monday & Wednesday, 12:00-1:30pm
The Alabama Jazz Ensemble MUA 159/359/559-001 Tuesday & Thursday, 12:30-1:50pm
The Alabama Contemporary Ensemble MUA 158/258/358/458/558 Monday & Wednesday, 4:00-5:30pm
Concert Band Tuesday and Thursday, 12:15-1:45pm


Chamber Winds

Wind players and percussionists are selected from the Alabama Wind Ensemble, Huxford Symphony Orchestra, and the Alabama Symphonic Band to perform selected chamber wind pieces. There is no separate audition process to participate in this group. The rehearsal time is in the chamber music blocks of the ensemble matrix.

Additional Chamber Music Ensembles

In addition to the large conducted ensembles addressed at this website, there are also a wide range of chamber ensembles offered through the studio experience and other curricular means. Some of the chamber ensembles include Chamber Winds, Jazz Combos, Percussion Ensemble, String Quartets, Brass Ensembles, Woodwind Quintets and Trios. Please contact the studio teacher of the relevant instrument here.

The Conductors


The Huxford Orchestra, the Alabama Jazz Ensemble, the Alabama Jazz Band, and the Alabama Jazz Combos typically hold auditions in mid-August, around the start of classes. Rosters for the Alabama Wind Ensemble and Alabama Symphonic Band will be posted on the University Bands website at the conclusion of auditions.  Rosters for the Huxford Orchestra will be posted after auditions are complete on the Huxford board across from room 201. Rosters for the Alabama Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combos will be posted on the Jazz Studies board outside of room 201a.

For more information about auditioning for these ensembles, visit the page for the ensemble in which you are interested.

Vocal Ensembles

A wide variety of vocal ensembles are available to all students on the University of Alabama campus. Participation in an approved ensemble is required for music majors each semester.  Ensembles of particular interest to singers include

For more information about the choral program, contact Dr. John Ratledge, director of choral activities. For information about the opera program, please contact Prof. Paul Houghtaling or visit the opera theatre program’s website.

In addition to the ensembles outlined above, other non-curricular vocal groups that are open to all University students include the Men’s A Cappella Ensemble “Subject to Change” and the showchoir “Resonance.”


The UA vocal ensembles typically hold auditions in mid-August, around the start of classes. For more information about auditioning for these ensembles, visit the page for the ensemble in which you are interested.