The UIC Orchestra is comprised of both music majors and non-majors from across the campus community. The players share a love of music, and a passion for playing great orchestral repertoire. The 2015-2016 academic year is the second season for the orchestra to perform as a full orchestra.
Javier José Mendoza is the orchestra director for the UIC Orchestra. Active in a movement to unearth and re-debut forgotten works from 18th-century New Spain, Mendoza is energetically re-premiering pieces from archives in Mexico, Guatemala, and Spain in an effort to bring this wonderful music back into public awareness. Mendoza has given modern day re-premieres in the United States of works by composers Ignacio Jerusalem and Santiago Billoni, both of whom worked in present day Mexico in the 18th century.