The UAA Guitar Ensemble is directed by Dr. Armin Abdihodzic and features a blend of classical guitar pieces as well as music especially arranged for the ensemble.
Jazz Ensemble & Combos
Our Jazz focus is headed by Karen Strid-Chadwick who directs a number of Jazz Ensembles as well playing in them. These ensembles can be seen in action several times throughout the year in benefit concerts for the UAA Jazz Week which is historically the first week of March. Jazz Week is a celebration of Jazz and the Alaska community, bringing international and local artists together with our students to create a truly unique experience year after year.
Under the direction of Dr. Mari Hahn Opera Ensemble frequently collaborates with the Anchorage Opera on full productions in our beautiful UAA Recital Hall. They will be performing Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel in December 2015.
Led by adjunct professor John Damberg this lively ensemble specializes in Latin rhythms that you can't help but dance to.
The UAA Sinfonia, directed by Dr. Lee Wilkins is the main string ensemble, in which students rehearse and perform alongside faculty members and the directors - frequently in collaboration with the University Singers and the University Wind Ensemble.
University Singers is under the direction of Dr. Grant Cochran who also conducts the Anchorage Concert Chorus. This talented ensemble performs a blend of classical and modern choral pieces as well as pop arrangements.
The University Wind Ensemble is conducted by Professor Mark Wolbers. Under his leadership the ensemble regularly presents outstanding performances of some of the best repertoire for wind band.