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.

Spring Tour

Each spring, the Wind Ensemble tours a particular area of the country decided upon by members of the group. The group has traveled to New York, Miami, Nashville, Charleston, New Orleans, Chicago, and Philadelphia. In May 2015, with support from the U.S./China Cultural and Educational Foundation and the Reves Center for International Studies, the Wind Ensemble embarked on an international tour to China which included performances in Beijing, Shaoxing, Jiaxing, and Shanghai. Members of the ensemble also engaged in special service learning projects including a joint performance with younger Chinese music students. In May 2018, the Wind Ensemble completed a 10-day tour of the United Kingdom. The group gave performances at the High School of Dundee (Scotland), the National Centre for Early Music (York, England), and St. George's Church, Bloomsbury (London) and participated in a workshop with Adam Gorb, Head of Composition at the Royal Northern College of Music.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Who can join?

Enrollment in the Wind Ensemble is open to all undergraduate and graduate students (music majors & non-music majors) 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. Chamber Winds rehearsals take place on Fridays 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.

View the video below to learn more about the organization's early history.

 


 

Anniversary LogoThe 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 Creative and Performing Arts Proficiency 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!

Click here to access the Wind Ensemble Constitution