CWRU Department of Music

Orchestra of student performers on a stage with various instruments in hand

The Maltz Performing Arts Center has gladly hosted the Case Western Reserve Department of Music Department performances since our opening. We welcome the CWRU Symphonic Winds, CWRU Case/University Circle Symphony Orchestra, and CWRU Choirs. Each performance is unique and offers guests the chance to witness the incredible talent of our students. 

Performance Dates:

CWRU Symphonic Winds: 

  • Sunday, October 14, 2018 3:00 p.m. 
  • Sunday, November 11, 2018 3:00 p.m. 
  • Monday, March 4, 2019 7:30 p.m. 
  • Sunday, April 14, 2019 3:00 p.m.

Case/University Circle Symphony Orchestra

  • Monday, October 15, 2018 7:30 p.m. 
  • Monday, November 12, 2018 7:30 p.m. 
  • Sunday, March 3, 2019 3:00 p.m.
  • Monday, April 15, 2019 7:30 p.m.

CWRU Choirs: 

  • Friday, February 22, 2019 7:30 p.m.


Wind Symphony

The CWRU Symphonic Winds, under direction of Dr. Ryan Scherber, is the University concert band open to all CWRU & CIM undergraduate and graduate wind, brass and percussion players by audition (see below for more detailed information).  An audition is required for seating and section placement each academic year.

This exceptional group of students is comprised of both music majors and non-majors.  Symphonic Winds is dedicated to the performance of the most advanced repertoire written for the wind band medium.  They rehearse 90 minutes per week on Monday and Wednesday evening from 7:00 to 8:30 pm and generally perform two concerts each semester.


The Case Concert Choir is an auditioned mixed-voice ensemble with a focus on performing both a cappella and accompanied choral music from a variety of time periods and genres. In addition to shorter pieces, the ensemble also performs larger works of choral-orchestral repertoire through collaborations with the Case University Circle Symphony Orchestra and our University Circle neighbor institutions (Mozart Requiem, 2011; Vaughn Williams Toward the Unknown Region, 2012; Haydn Schöpfungsmesse, 2013; Bernstein Chichester Psalms, 2014; Beethoven Meeresstille und glückliche Fahrt, Haydn Te Deum and Mendelssohn Magnificat, 2015; Duruflé Requiem and Quatre Motets, 2016; Handel Coronation Anthems, 2017; Rutter Mass of the Children, 2018). Concert Choir will collaborate with the Church of the Covenant Chancel Choir during the fall 2018 semester to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day. In spring 2018, the CWRU Choral Showcase will feature special guests from Kirtland High School, along with Concert Choir, University Chorale, and Case Men’s Glee Club. Case Concert Choir was originally founded in 2004 as part of a University Presidential Initiative to support the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences.

Case Concert Choir maintains a tradition of excellence in performance, strives to improve group and individual musicianship skills, and fosters community building. Dr. Michael Peters brings a wealth of knowledge to the podium as an experienced professional vocalist and conductor for the 2018-19 academic year.

The ensemble is open to any undergraduate or graduate student at CWRU or CIM.


The Case University Circle Orchestra (MUEN 385) is open to all CWRU students, faculty, and community members by audition who play a woodwind, brass, percussion or string instruments and who desire to perform in a high level ensemble.  The group rehearses twice per week for a total of 90 minutes and performs 5 to 7 concerts per academic year.  The repertoire is drawn from standard orchestral literature comprised of symphonies, overtures, suites, etc.  as well as other more contemporary genres such a Rock and Jazz.  The ensemble also works in collaboration with the Case Concert Choir, Case Jazz ensembles, and other University Circle affiliated groups.