Houghton College Symphonic Wind Ensemble
The Houghton Symphonic Wind Ensemble is one of the major ensembles in the Greatbatch School of Music, Houghton College. This wind band of approximately sixty members seeks to expose its students and its audiences to the highest quality music written for wind and percussion instruments. The group rehearses Monday and Wednesday in the Instrumental Rehearsal Hall of the Center for the Arts; rehearsals are always open for observation. Prayer times and shared devotional thoughts are regular features of rehearsals.
Justin Davis is the interim conductor of the Symphonic Winds, assisted by graduate conductors and regular guest conductors. Made up of approximately 65% music majors and 35% non-majors, this outstanding ensemble performs four campus concerts per year, in addition to other performances in the community and surrounding areas. The ensemble welcomes all players regardless of major and seating is done on a rotational basis with appointed section leaders. The ensemble also tours regularly in the spring semester and released its most recent full-length CD on the Mark Records label during the spring of 2009. The ensemble will be recording again in the Spring of 2014 so watch for our next CD!
Works of the following composers have been performed recently: Bennett, Persichetti, Grantham, Reed, Nitsch, Maslanka, William Schuman, Stamp, Gandolfi, Clifton Williams, Riegger, Arnold, Ticheli, Dello Joio, Ellerby, Milhaud, Camphouse, Mahr, and Bach. Chamber wind works by Gillingham, Mozart, Grainger, Mendelssohn, Gounod, Dvorak, and Strauss have also been performed. For specifics on past programming, see the Recent Repertoire page.
Instrumental Ensemble Placement Auditions-Spring 2014
- CFA Room 210
- January 12, 2014 6 PM-9 PM
All Houghton students who are new to the group are welcome to play in the Symphonic Winds after completing a short placement audition. The spring audition is for new students to the ensemble only. All returning students and returning student teachers, need not audition. Audition information and sign-up is online at https://drd.youcanbook.me. Please visit this link to sign up for a 15-minute audition slot during an available time for you. The auditions are to be held in Room 210 in the Center for the Arts building on the second floor. Please bring your instrument, a short 3-5 min prepared piece, and be ready to play scales and sight read. Please arrive a few minutes early. If you have any questions regarding auditions or participation in an instrumental ensemble, please email Professor Justin Davis at firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to hearing your audition, meeting you, and having you participate with us this year! All Houghton students are invited to participate in Symphonic Winds, regardless of major!