Wind Ensemble

Wind Ensemble

Come join us this spring for music-making in the Wind Ensemble. Last semester, in addition to our student members, we were eventually able to welcome our St. Lawrence faculty & staff and community members back, giving us a full ensemble! Together, let’s meet these goals:

  1. Play music that connects us to each other and to the wider community, and that has artistic merit, personal meaning for our members, or both! 

  2. Feel “at home” in the ensemble—a place for you to recharge, relax, be energized and empowered...sometimes all at once. 

Before the pandemic stopped us from rehearsing, we were rehearsing and planning to perform the music listed below. We never performed any of it and many Wind Ensemble members have expressed interest in playing it. What about you? Send your opinions and ideas to me!

  • Conversations by Black American composer Chandler Wilson. The piece is based on the idea of conversations that are needed for society to progressively move forward, most profoundly in the areas of racial issues and equality

  • Spring Festival by Chen Yi, a Chinese-American composer with whom I had a chance to discuss her music

  • Star Trek Symphonic Suite by Michael Giacchino, arranged by Bocook

  • One Life Beautiful by LGBTQ American composer Julie Giroux, dedicated to the late beloved Reverend Kathleen Buckley 

  • Desert Land by Japanese composer Wataru Hokoyama 

  • West Side Story medley by LGBTQ American composer Leonard Bernstein.

Rehearsals (starting Tuesday, January 25)

  • Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:30-6pm, in Peterson-Kermani Performance Hall

Performance Date

  • Wednesday, April 27, at 8pm in Peterson-Kermani Performance Hall

Auditions

  • Thursday, January 20, 4:30-6pm, in Peterson-Kermani Performance Hall (a sign-up sheet will be on the back door of the hall starting January 18);
  • by appointment;
  • or SLU students, staff, and faculty can audition by digital submission here

Only new players need audition. Returning players should write to director Theresa Witmer indicating their desire to play.

Wind Ensemble

To audition, you’ll need to play a total of 3 scales and 2 excerpts (or 16 measures each) from the music linked below:

  1. Three major or minor scales of your choice. If you are recording your audition, please say the name of the scale and the mode (major or minor) before playing it. One octave is fine; playing more than one octave to demonstrate your range is even better!
  2. Two excerpts from the music found here:

      a. Choose a part that works for you from this band classic, Holst’s 2nd Suite! 

      b. For the first excerpt, choose a passage of at least 16 measures that is in 4/4, 3/4, 2/4, or a combination of those meters:

            i. movement 1, anywhere between the beginning and letter H, or

            ii. anything from movement 3.

      c. For the second excerpt, choose a passage of at least 16 measures that is in 6/8:

            i. movement 1, anywhere between letter H and the D.C., or

            ii. anything from movement 4.

      d. For both excerpts, choose tempos that are appropriate to the markings in the music.

If you are playing an in-person audition, please print the music for yourself and bring it with you to the audition.

Contact director Theresa Witmer with any questions.