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Instrumental Ensembles

Concordia University of Edmonton offers the opportunity for students and community members to participate in instrumental ensembles, from novice to advanced levels.

Concordia Symphony Orchestra

Dr. Danielle Lisboa is director of the Concordia Symphony Orchestra.

The Concordia Symphony Orchestra (CSO) is an auditioned orchestral ensemble open to members of the university community as well as the wider public community.  The CSO is currently accepting membership requests for all orchestral sections (woodwinds, brass, strings and percussion).

Concerts feature promising young talents in the community, players within the orchestra’s own ranks, and acclaimed professional musicians in solo performances.  The current vision for the new ensemble carries forward almost thirty years of tradition toward artistic excellence in the performance of standard symphonic repertoire, and incorporates a quest for fresh sonorities highlight Canadian composers, original programming and audience engagement initiatives.

The CSO develops and nurtures young musicians, invites diversity through membership and repertoire and seeks to reach out across age, background and ethnicity in enriching the city’s classical music scene.

For an audition, please contact Danielle Lisboa.  After a successful audition, register online here.

For more information, please contact John Brough.  Learn more about the CSO and its history and the Musicians.

Note: Students may register instead with the Registrar by census day to earn 1.5 ensemble credits per semester (MUP X66 Fall, MUP X67 Winter). Taking the course for credit involves additional performance and assignment expectations.


Festival City Winds

Wendy Grasdahl is director of Festival City Winds.

Festival City Winds Music Society is comprised of 4 concert bands for adult players, performing in Edmonton and the surrounding area. The bands perform at least five concerts a year, with a variety of interesting, challenging, and moving music. If you are looking to enrich your life, inquire about joining.

Festival City Winds Society and the Concordia School of Music are partners in music education. CUE students may join the bands for credit. To arrange for an audition, please contact Wendy Grasdahl.