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Bands and Orchestras


  • Bands and Orchestra Saxophone students
  • Wind Symphony 2013 tour group
  • Bands and Orchestra Trumpet students
  • Orchestra Violinist
  • Bands & Orchestra flute student
  • Bands & Orchestra flute students


With 2 ORCHESTRAS, 3 CONCERT BANDS, multiple JAZZ ENSEMBLES and COMBOS, ATHLETIC BANDS, and CHAMBER GROUPS, there’s an instrumental ensemble for EVERYONE at SDSU! SDSU offers both auditioned and non-auditioned ensembles so that all levels of musicians can find a musical outlet during their time at SDSU. Our ensembles present many opportunities for aspiring musicians, whether you are interested in career as a professional performer, a music educator, or simply looking to continue playing your instrument in a large ensemble. The mission of the San Diego State University ensembles is to provide an environment that promotes performances of the highest quality music. The goal of these performances is to foster the highest level of music-making, music learning, and musical experience for performers and audience alike, creating an environment in which teachers, performers, and concert goers share in the promotion and furtherance of instrumental music.


From the Instrumental Conductors:

This is an exciting time to be an Aztec at the School of Music & Dance! We are creating one of the most comprehensive music ensemble programs in California. Our faculty are active across the country and our ensembles are garnering attention with featured performances at local, regional, and national conferences. Additionally, we are constantly working with artists to bring new works to life while still performing the core repertoire of the past.

SDSU student musicians at all levels of ability and interest are invited to join the SDSU ensembles family. We offer auditioned ensembles that represent the finest musicians at the university as well as non-auditioned groups that include a number of music majors and non-music majors. No matter what your experience level, there is an opportunity for you to keep music an integral part of your life while at SDSU!

We encourage alumni to reconnect with the university through our alumni outreach. Audience members and friends of the groups are invited to attend our many concerts. Finally, it’s never been easier to stay informed about the ensemble activities at SDSU due to our many social media projects, including: facebook, twitter and live concert webcasts via ustream.

We look forward to meeting you and interacting with you!


Shannon Kitelinger, Director of Bands

Michael Gerdes, Director of Orchestras