The Kutztown University Wind Ensemble is comprised of the top woodwind, brass, and percussion students at the university who have demonstrated a commitment to a high level of musicianship. The Wind Ensemble performs at two on-campus concerts each spring term, as well as at various community and outreach events. The Kutztown University Wind Ensemble has recently performed at both Carnegie Hall (2007) and Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall (2009, 2011). During the spring 2013 season the Wind Ensemble will perform at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. The Wind Ensemble seeks to expose its audiences and membership to the finest wind literature, including the "classics" of the repertoire, transcriptions, and new works by both established and young, up-and-coming composers. The ensemble is active in commissioning new compositions for the wind medium, and has recently joined commissioning consortia for works by Donald Grantham, Richard Danielpour, Jonathan Newman, Rob Smith, Bob Mintzer, Philip Glass, and Joan Tower, among others. Outstanding student, faculty, and visiting artists typically appear as soloists with the Wind Ensemble.
During the spring semester, Wind Ensemble rehearsals are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 3:00-3:50 p.m. During the fall term, wind ensemble membership is drawn from the concert band. Membership is open to students of all majors by audition. Auditions are held at the start of each semester for all instrumental ensembles. Audition music is generally available in a downloadable electronic format several weeks before the auditions. Please contact Dr. Justeson for the audition music. Auditions sign-ups are available in the Music Office, Old Main 114, a couple days before the start of each new semester.
Dr. Jeremy Justeson