Symphony Band

Music Program

Symphony Band

Erika Svanoe
Dr. Erika Svanoe will lead the Symphony Band during Spring Semester 2024 while Dr. Tjornehoj is teaching abroad as part of the Experience Scotland and Semester Abroad Europe programs.  

A composer and clarinet player, Dr. Svanoe is excited to share her music prowess, compositions,  and leadership with the UWRF community.   Concerts are scheduled at 7:30 pm for March, 5, Tuesday  and Thursday, May 2, 2024 in Wm. Abbott Concert Hall, Kleinpell Fine Arts, University of Wisconsin River Falls.  Tickets are available at the door:   $8.00 adults/$5.00 students/$2.00 students.  


Where exciting things are happening!


  • Performances offer the best in wind band literature
  • Annual commissions and world premieres
  • Working with world class composers Oscar Navarro,  Javier Perez Garrido,  Johan de Meij,  Nigel Clarke,  Gregory Fritze, Stan Nieuwenhuis, Jacob Beranek, Joel Blahnik, etc.
  • Guest conductors and performers join the group on a regular basis
  • Opportunities to travel the world through the Three Rivers Concert Band collaboration (every other May - European tours)
  • Building relationships and experiences that enrich your life.

Symphony Band is comprised of the finest wind and percussion majors and minors at the University of Wisconsin – River Falls, as well as non-music majors who are selected by audition each semester. Adult community members may audition, register, and join this ensemble as per the permission of the instructor.  Director Kris Tjornehoj provides leadership and a quality experience for all students through the rehearsal and performance of a wide variety of the best wind band repertoire from all time periods. Guest artists frequently perform with the band and commissions and premiers take place on an annual basis.


Jack Stamp, composer/guest conductor and Symphony Band  director Dr.  Kris Tjornehoj hosted the Barcelona Clarinet Players for a residency at UWRF in December 2023.   Masterclasses, lessons, rehearsals and performances of Stamps music and more made this a wonderful and memorable event.

An Early Evening Walk
“An Early Evening Walk” for tuba and piano, by Gregory Fritze was transcribed in 2019. The original is from “A Day In Valencia

UWRF Symphony Band and University Band Concert featuring Gregory Fritz, United States premiere of "Variations on a Canarian Hymn"
April 19, 2018

Band Festival with Jack Stamp and Kris Tjornehoj
November 15, 2017

UWRF Symphony Band and University Band Concert featuring Belgian cornetist Harmen VanHoorne
December 14, 2017  

World Premiere – Fanfare: Churn Ahoy!
Composer Jack Stamp, December, 2016 

World Premiere - Evolution: Fifty Shades of E
Composer Johan de Meij conducted the premier of "Fifty Shades of E" with the UWRF Symphony Band on November 17, 2016.

Symphony Band

Fanfare Churn Ahoy| Jack Stamp | Symphony Band

Charlie and the Mechanical Man Marching Band| Erica Svanoe | Symphony Band

Barnum and Tesla's Tamdem Bike| Erica Svanoe | Symphony Band

Carnaval!| Julie Giroux | Symphony Band

About the Conductor

Kris Tjornehoj

Kristin Tjornehoj, Ph.D.
715-410-7416 (Mobile)


Join us via YOUTUBE for our virtual concert series in 2020-2021.
No face-to-face concerts currently scheduled.

Visit Virtual Concert Series Channel

Fanfare: Churn Ahoy!


 Jack Stamp - Fanfare Interview

Evolution - Johan de Meij


Jack Stamp - Panhandle Prelude


Jack Stamp - Navigating Cresson


 Celtic Classics

 Downtown Divertimento

 Only Music Majors and Minors can be in Band. Myth!

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Music Department
B46 Kleinpell Fine Arts

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