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Houghton College Symphonic Wind Ensemble

The Houghton College Symphonic Wind Ensemble is one of the major ensembles of the Greatbatch School of Music.  This wind band of approximately sixty members seeks to expose its students and audiences to the highest quality music written for wind and percussion instruments.  Currently made up of approximately 65% music and 35% non-music majors, the ensemble welcomes all instrumentalists!    Seating is done on a rotational basis with appointed section leaders.  The group rehearses Mondays and Wednesdays 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. 

Prospective students: We invite you to visit a Symphonic Winds rehearsal during your visit to Houghton College.  Rehearsals are always open; e-mail us for details a few days in advance of your visit.

Dr. Justin Davis is the conductor, assisted by graduate conductors and regular guest conductors.  This outstanding ensemble performs multiple performances in the community and surrounding areas, including four campus concerts per year.  The Symphonic Wind 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.  Watch for our next CD, coming Spring of 2014! 

The Houghton College Symphonic Wind Ensemble has recently performed works by the following composers:  Bernstein, Danyew, Grainger, Whitacre, 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  

All Houghton students in the Symphonic Wind Ensemble complete a short placement audition.  Audition information and sign-up is online at https://drd.youcanbook.me.  Audition material will be announced in addition to students being asked 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 Dr. Justin Davis at justin.davis@houghton.edu.  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!