Symphonic Wind Ensemble
The Symphonic Wind Ensemble is the premier wind and percussion ensemble at the University of Indianapolis. The ensemble presents multiple concerts each semester, with each designed to reflect great variety and a high level of musicianship. Repertoire includes highly regarded original band works as well as select transcriptions of orchestral repertoire; recent programs have included the music of Warren Benson, Steven Bryant, Aaron Copland, Percy Grainger, Karel Husa, John Mackey, David Maslanka, Felix Mendelssohn, William Schuman, Dmitri Shostakovich, John Philip Sousa, and Frank Ticheli.
The Symphonic Wind Ensemble also serves as the laboratory ensemble for the annual University of Indianapolis Instrumental Conducting Workshop , and has worked in that setting with notable guest clinicians such as Cliff Colnot, Eugene Corporon, Craig Kirchhoff, Jerry Junkin, Allan McMurray, Mallory Thompson, Rodney Winther, and Steven Bryant. The 2012 workshop will take place from November 17-18, and we welcome Stephen W. Pratt, professor of music and director of Bands/Wind Conducting at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. The Symphonic Wind Ensemble will also host the annual ISSMA/All-State Audition Workshop, which is offered free of charge to high school instrumentalists in Indiana.
In May, 2010, the ensemble embarked on its second international tour; destinations included the following cities in Italy and Austria: Bologna, Florence, Rome, Venice, Verona, Salzburg, and Vienna. Auditions for the Symphonic Wind Ensemble are held three days before the beginning of classes in the fall semester, and are open to all interested students. The ensemble meets on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday afternoons from 4:00 – 5:15 p.m., and is conducted by Mr. Vu Nguyen.
For more information about the 2012 Instrumental Conducting Workshop, please see this year's brochure and registration form. Registrations will be accepted until November 9. Please contact Vu Nguyen with any additional questions.