Trinity University's instrumental ensembles are comprised of students with passions for intricate instrumental performances. From classical pieces to original scores, the Trinity Symphony Orchestra, Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Handbell Ensemble, and Jazz Ensemble perform on the Trinity stage and around the world. Music ensembles are open to students of all majors and academic disciplines.
The Trinity Symphony Orchestra is comprised of wind, brass, string, and percussion players from the entire student body. The TSO presents two full concerts annually featuring string and full orchestra works and performs at the Christmas concert and the Trinity Family Weekend concert. In the spring term, the TSO combines with the Trinity Choral Union to present a masterwork of the choral/orchestral repertoire.
Membership in the TSO is open to all students by audition and counts as one credit hour per semester. Rehearsals are held in the Ruth Taylor Recital Hall on Mondays (strings only) and Thursdays (full orchestra), from 7 to 9 p.m.
The 65-member Trinity University Symphonic Wind Ensemble performs a variety of works for winds and percussion, including traditional marches, representative works from the standard wind band repertoire, and contemporary works of distinction. The ensemble rehearses four hours per week, is open to all students by audition, and as with all university ensembles, the participating student receives one academic credit per semester.
The ensemble interacts with musicians from across the globe, including composers, conductors, and performers including Samuel Adler, Sir Malcolm Arnold, Terry Austin, Rusty Banks, Brian Bondari, Andrew Boysen, Jr., John Frantzen, Adam Gorb, Stephanie Key, Timothy Kramer, Chia-Wei Lee, David Maslanka, Linda McNeil, Ron Nelson, Mark Rogers, Clark Rundell, Felicia Sandler, Michael Schelle, Asha Srinivasan, James Syler, Carolyn True, Dan Welcher, Eric Whitacre, and Dana Wilson.
Performance tours have taken the Symphonic Wind Ensemble all over the world, including: Abilene, San Angelo, and Austin in Texas; Albuquerque, Grants, and Santa Fe in New Mexico; Washington D.C. and Virginia; Chicago, Illinois; St. Louis, Missouri; and London, Manchester, and Birmingham in England.
Trinity Handbell Ensemble performs on six octaves of Schulmerich Handbells and five octaves of Malmark Chimes. Recent performances have included a guest appearance with the San Antonio Symphony at their annual Holiday Pops concert and at the San Antonio Fiesta Coronation. In Spring 2010, the handbell ensemble participated in the worship service at Parkway Presbyterian Church in Corpus Christi as well as on the beach on Mustang Island. Trinity University percussionists frequently join forces with the ensemble when performing on campus or at local schools, and membership is open to all students by audition.
An 18-member, traditional big band consisting of saxophones, trumpets, trombones and rhythm section (piano, bass, drums, and guitar), the Jazz Ensemble performs traditional and contemporary styles including swing, bossa nova, ballad, samba, and rock. In addition to campus performances, the Jazz Ensemble performs at events in and around San Antonio.