Welcome to the web home of The William & Mary Wind Ensemble. The Wind Ensemble brings together some of the College’s most talented wind, brass and percussion players to perform the finest wind music from a repertoire that spans the 16th through the 21st centuries. Membership in the Wind Ensemble is open to all undergraduate and graduate students (music majors & non-music majors) by audition at the beginning of the school year.
Founded in 1929, the Wind Ensemble celebrated its 85th Anniversary Season in 2014. The ensemble recently recorded its first-ever CD (of commissioned works by W&M composer Brian Hulse) with Centaur Records and was featured prominently in the original score to 923 Films’ motion picture Hogtown, which premiered in September, 2014, at the Calgary Film Festival.
In May 2015, the Wind Ensemble toured to China with concerts in Beijing, Shaoxing, Jiaxin, and Shanghai as well as special service learning projects which involved WM students teaching and performing with younger Chinese music students. To celebrate this special tour, the Wind Ensemble have performed at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. in March, 2015.
In March 2015, the Wind Ensemble performed at the John F. Kennedy Center, featuring two world premieres: “Margins Afterwards” by Brian Hulse, featuring W&M faculty soloist David Vonderheide, and “Dabke” for Wind Ensemble by W&M 2014-2015 Artist-in-Residence Kareem Roustom. In May 2015, the Wind Ensemble embarked on its first international tour to China, performing across cities including Beijing, Shaoxing, Jiaxin, and Shanghai. The ensemble also engaged in special service learning projects, such as a joint performance with younger Chinese music students.
The Wind Ensemble:
Who can join?
Enrollment in the Wind Ensemble is open to all undergraduate and graduate students of the College of William & Mary.
How do I join?
Participation in the Wind Ensemble requires an audition at the start of the Fall Semester (and the start of the Spring Semester if a vacancy is announced).
For audition requirements, visit the auditions page.
What is Chamber Winds?
Students auditioning for the Wind Ensemble who wish to participate in a rich chamber music experience are invited to join the Chamber Winds. The Chamber Winds’ repertoire focuses on ensemble music written for fewer than 15 players — including the great chamber works of Strauss, Dvořák, Stravinsky, Mozart, and others.
When are rehearsals?
The Wind Ensemble meets from 4:00 – 6:00 pm Mondays and Wednesdays, and a few Fridays from 4:00 – 5:00 pm each semester. For Wind Ensemble members selected to participate in the Chamber Winds, rehearse Friday from 4:00 – 5:00 pm.
When are the concerts?
Concerts are traditionally held on one weekend in September, October, December, March, and April.
Does Wind Ensemble go on Tours?
Yes! Every year, the Wind Ensemble goes on a spring tour to travel to a place determined by the members of the Wind Ensemble. This year, the Wind Ensemble has decided to travel to New Orleans.
The Wind Ensemble Experience:
The Wind Ensemble is a curricular class, designated MUSC E03 in the Banner system. It is worth one academic credit and can also fulfill the College’s GER 6 requirement.
Intrinsically speaking, the Wind Ensemble also provides a way to grow your musical talent throughout your William & Mary experience. Apart from musical activities, the Wind Ensemble maintains its own intramural sports teams, holds regular Music Department social events, and more.
The William & Mary Wind Ensemble is the premiere wind performance experience at the College of William & Mary. If you are seeking a great opportunity to enjoy preparing and performing first-rate repertoire and work with great musicians, this ensemble is for you.