UCR Music Collage Concert: a night of performances from diverse ensembles

UCR Department of Music 

Collage Concert  

Lauren Wasynczuk, coordinator 

Music is thriving at UCR! Enjoy a virtual event showcasing a range of genres and styles without pause, celebrating UCR’s vibrant ensemble program featuring: 

• Concert Band: Lauren Wasynczuk, director    
• Orchestra: Ruth Charloff, director    
• Jazz Ensemble: Josh Welchez, director    
• Choral Society: G. Edward Bruner, director    
• Chamber Singers: Ruth Charloff, director    
• Chamber Ensembles: Frances Moore, director  
• Taiko Drum Ensemble: Terry Nguyen, director     
• Mariachi Ensemble - Mariachi Mexicatl: 
       Cynthia R. Flores, director   

December 9, 2020  
Wednesday, 7:00-8:30 P.M.
Pacific Daylight Time 
Zoom Meeting & Streamed via UCR ARTS Facebook Live 

For Zoom access, register for this meeting: 
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

To join on UCR ARTS Facebook Live, visit us at @ucrarts

Free and open to the public

Download the program here.   Download the poster here

The UCR Music Department presents a special online event on December 9 called “Collage,” celebrating our ensembles’ creativity and liveliness despite the challenges of our times.  The department and its ensemble directors have adapted dynamically to the need to move online, continuing to serve students’ musical skill, commitment, and enthusiasm.  Included in the 90-minute presentation will be selected audio and video recorded performances by the Concert Band, Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble, Taiko Ensemble, Mariachi, Chamber Music, Choral Society, and Chamber Singers.  Ensemble directors Lauren Wasynczuk, Ruth Charloff, Josh Welchez, Terry Nguyen, Cynthia Flores, Frances Moore, and Edward Bruner will host the online event.   

Included will be the Concert Band’s premiere of Joyce Rouse’s “Standing on the Shoulders,” celebrating the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment and women’s constitutional right to vote; original compositions and arrangements for Japanese Taiko by our Taiko director Terry Nguyen; performances by our department’s Mariachi ensemble, directed by Cynthia Flores; and from both Chamber Singers and Choral Society, a variety of choral music keeping voices and hearts aloft during the pandemic. The Jazz Ensemble performs Cole Porter’s “What is This Thing Called Love” as arranged for Charlie Parker, featuring saxophonist Nick Gomez playing Parker’s parts, plus an upbeat jazz collaboration with the Chamber Singers. UCR Orchestra students have recorded a variety of chamber music projects, as well as Peter Warlock’s Capriol Suite for full orchestra.  

Charloff, director of the Orchestra and Chamber Singers, said, “Students want to make music – maybe more than ever. There’s no doubt that it’s difficult not to be together, but students still love music and they come to UCR with great experience and aspiration. We’ve been adapting to the challenges and our ensembles are actually thriving!”  Concert Band director Wasynczuk added, “Music is central to our students’ humanity and their social and emotional needs. Their dedication, focus, creativity and enthusiasm are helping them through these hard times. We’ve come together to meet the moment.” 

The directors have worked closely with the Music Department’s EARS unit (Experimental Acoustic Research Studio), as audio engineering students gain valuable experience in both audio and video production. The EARS unit is an important center for research in improving the technology of online musical collaboration. 

To learn more about the Music Department’s Performing Ensembles, visit: https://music.ucr.edu/ensembles

performingarts@ucr.edu  music.ucr.edu

• The UCR Department of Music 2020-2021 Season presents virtual concerts, lectures, and presentations of academic research by Department of Music faculty, postdoctoral researchers, students, and international guest artists and scholars. Free and open to the public.


Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Virtual Event
Event Type

Arts, Music & Concerts


Faculty & Staff, Graduate Students, Undergraduate Students, Transfer Students, General Public


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