The UC Davis Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1959, and has since established itself as a major campus and community arts offering. The UC Davis Symphony has toured California, Canada, and Australia and French Polynesia.In June 2003 the orchestra traveled to France to participate in the Berlioz bicentenary over the course of a series of five concerts.It regularly serves as the pit orchestra for UCD Mainstage productions and appears at major campus events and ceremonies, including Fall Convocation and Commencements.The UC Davis Symphony is a principal resident ensemble at the
Kurt Rohde, music professor, is one of 16 artists to receive an American Academy of Arts and Letters music award for 2015. He is one of four composers who will each receive a $10,000 award for outstanding accomplishments and $10,000 toward recording one of their works.
To support the UC Davis’s program in ethnomusicology (the study of musics in their cultural contexts), the Department of Music fosters four performing groups that represent the strengths and expertise of UC Davis faculty in the musics of Brazil, India, Indonesia, and Korea. This unique concert features all four groups!
The Golden West Winds is part of the United States Air Force Band of the Golden West from Travis Air Force Base, California. Comprised of flute, oboe, clarinet, French horn, and bassoon, this ensemble supports a wide variety of musical events ranging from military ceremonies and patriotic shows to educational programs and recitals of original works for woodwind quintet. To support these events the Golden West Winds plays music of all styles including marches, jazz and classical music.