Wind Ensemble

Wind Ensemble

Come join us this spring semester for music-making in the Wind Ensemble!

The St. Lawrence University Wind Ensemble is made up of talented student members, SLU faculty, staff and local community members. We rehearse twice per week and conclude the semester with a concert. During the last year, we have been able to rehearse as a full ensemble and make amazing music together in person. We hope you will join us. All are welcome!

My name is Jill Roberts and I will be directing the Wind Ensemble this spring. You may know me already as the Instructor of Woodwinds here at St. Lawrence, the director of the recent Clarinet Ensemble and also a member of the Wind Ensemble clarinet section. In addition, I am also the Band Director at Madrid-Waddington Central School and a local professional clarinetist who has played with the Orchestra of Northern NY and Northern Symphonic Winds. I am very honored and excited to conduct this semester and continue this tradition of excellence. Let’s get started!

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. 

I have chosen a wide range of music for us this semester that includes both contemporary and current band works but also some classics. If you have any additional suggestions for music that you would like us to play, please feel free to reach out to me as well. I am always looking for new music repertoire ideas and would love to hear from you. Please see below for a list of the music we played last semester for our fall concert.


  • Sea Songs by Ralph Vaughan Williams
  • Maiden Voyage by Shirley Pier
  • Beautiful River by Robert Lowry
  • Klezmer! by Amy Webb
  • The Sea at Night by Ayatey Shabaz
  • Foaming Sea by Robert Buckley
  • Die House – Don’t Mess with the Devil by Kristofer Maddigan, arr. John Herbermank
  • Music from The Incredibles by Michael Giacchino, arr. Jay Bocook
  • plus a performance by the St. Lawrence Clarinet Ensemble

    Rehearsals (starting Thursday, January 26)

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

    Performance Date

    • Wednesday, May 3, at 8pm in Peterson-Kermani Performance Hall


    Audition are only for the purpose of hearing you play. We will accept all woodwind, brass, and percussion players who have any experience playing. Wind Ensemble musicians have a vast range of ability levels—there is a place for you! Please email me if you have any questions or concerns. All are welcome!

    Only new players need audition. Returning players should write to director Jill Roberts indicating their desire to play.

    Auditions will be held in Griffiths Arts Center 135.  To audition, sign up in advance, walk in during the times below, or set up an appointment by e-mailing director Jill Roberts.

    • Thursday, January 19, 4:30-6pm
    • Tuesday, January 24, 4-5:30pm

    A sign-up sheet will be on the door of Griffiths 135 starting January 14.

    Wind Ensemble

    To audition:

    1. Play three scales of your choice.
    2. Play two 8-measure excerpts from the piece here. (Scroll down past the piano part at the top, and then you may use any part you'd like, whether or not it says it's for "your" instrument.) Please print the music for yourself and bring it with you to the audition.
    3. You are also encouraged (but not required!) to play something you have previously prepared to show your strengths in addition to the audition piece.

    Contact director Jill Roberts with any questions.