Music Performance Groups

Students from throughout the FPU community join music students in performances with a wide variety of groups. For information about auditions or gaining conductor approval to join an ensemble, contact the Music Office at 559-453-2267 or at music@fresno.edu.

Choral Enembles

Concert Choir - Zachary Durlam, conductor

As the university's premier vocal group, this group of 40-50 men and women perform for high schools and churches locally, go on tour and attend choral festivals. Music comes from all periods, Classical to the 21st century, a cappella and accompanied. The primary focus is on sacred texts such as hymns and spirituals.

Crosswind - Milt Friesen, conductor

A new sound blew into campus during the 2006-2007 school year with the creation of this troupe of 20 singers and five instrumentalists. The ensemble performs two genres of contemporary music: European-influenced choral anthems and African-influenced praise and worship music, the latter featuring guitars and drums to provide a backbeat.

Pacific Chamber Singers - Zachary Durlam, conductor

A highly select ensemble of 16-24 vocalists who demonstrate exceptional musical skills. Members perform a wide variety of repertoire including traditional sacred and secular choral selections, vocal jazz, and ethnic/multicultural works. Auditions for the group are held during the first week of fall semester. Selected students are also required to be members of the Concert Choir.

San Joaquin Chorale - Roy Klassen, conductor

For 26 years this excellent, auditioned choir has maintained an outreach to the community and a connection for alumni who want to continue singing at a professional level. The 40 members perform sacred and secular music at Christmas and spring concerts. They also perform with the Fresno Philharmonic.

Vocal Performance Workshop - Deborah Sauer Ferrand, director

This group's staged performances are varied—chosen from musical theater and opera.

Instrumental Ensembles

Community Wind Ensemble - Patricia DeBenedetto, conductor

As the university's instrumental outreach to the community, this group brings together about 50 musicians from campus and the region. Performance programs feature compositions for wind bands from the early 1900's through today. FPU's largest ensemble, instrumentation includes flutes, clarinets, trumpets, saxophones, tubas, french horns and a percussion section. In spring 2009, they performed at Carnegie Hall.

Jazz Ensemble - Chris Janzen, conductor

Exploration and improvisation are the essence of jazz, and this ensemble honors and builds on that tradition in its constant exploration of the swing, bebop, funk, blues and Latin-jazz forms. The number of members varies, but always features advanced instrumentalists. Another long-time instrumental group, the band was founded by Wayne Huber.

Musica Pacifica Baroque Orchestra - Dieter Wulfhorst, conductor

A Flemish harpsichord is the unique feature of this ensemble, which performs music from the Baroque to the Contemporary periods and includes the sound of strings, flutes and oboes. Wayne Huber founded the orchestra in 1984.

Pacific Brass - Wayne Huber, conductor

For 39 years, this ensemble has brought the sound of brass to formal campus occasions such as commencement and the honors convocation. The group also performs at area churches and goes on tour. The musicians play trumpet, french horn, trombone, euphonium and tuba. This is the university's oldest instrumental group.

Pacific Bronze - Elizabeth Gonzales, conductor

This hand bell choir is made up of 13 musicians using five octaves of Malmark hand bells and three octaves of Malmark chimes. The group performs sacred and secular music, as well as arrangements originally composed for hand bells. Concerts take place throughout the year, primarily at local churches.

Pep Band - Wayne Huber, conductor

Spreading the spirit of Sunbird sports is the mission of these 12 musicians, who help fans cheer on athletes during home games. The upbeat repertoire adds to the excitement and enjoyment of the crowd.

University String Quartet - Dieter Wulfhorst, conductor

Debuting in the fall of 2007, this ensemble performs music from Haydn to the Contemporary age. Members are top students from the region and abroad. Faculty member Dieter Wulfhorst belongs to the Fresno Philharmonic and has appeared with orchestras and chamber groups in the United States, Japan and Germany.

Woodwind Choir - Patricia DeBenedetto, conductor

The Woodwind Choir performs standard and contemporary woodwind literature in an ensemble setting.