Symphonic Wind Ensemble
The CMU Symphonic Wind Ensemble has firmly established itself
as one of America’s leading wind bands. Adhering to the original wind
ensemble concept utilizing single players per part, the ensemble is
composed of the most accomplished musicians in the CMU School of Music.
Conducted by John E. Williamson, the ensemble has performed at the Midwestern Conference, MENC
conferences both regional and national, division and national CBDNA
conferences including Ann Arbor in 2007, and in historic Carnegie Hall.
Noted wind composers with whom the ensemble has collaborated include
Michael Colgrass, Joseph Schwantner, H. Owen Reed, Augusta Read Thomas,
David Gillingham and David Maslanka. The ensemble has won praise from
leading conductors and composers for its highly sensitive and deep
musical renditions of sophisticated wind literature.
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This small ensemble is quite unique in that its membership is
comprised of faculty and students. Artistic chamber repertoire is
performed with the faculty involved playing principal parts along with
selected students from their respective studios. Rehearsal time is
minimal as the students experience a highly professional experience.
Conducted by John E. Williamson, this ensemble has performed at the Midwestern Conference, Michigan Music
Conference, CBDNA Conference and presented a special performance of the
Mozart "Gran Partita" at The Midwest Clinic.
Conducted by Dr. James Batcheller, the Wind Symphony is comprised entirely of CMU music majors.
This large ensemble presents concerts on campus each semester of wind
band literature that represents an overview of masterworks. The Wind
Symphony has performed at the CBDNA division conference with
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The Symphony Band is comprised almost totally of CMU music
majors. Conducted by Dr. James Batcheller, the band presents concerts on campus each semester performing
large concert band repertoire that spans the entire history of the
The University Band is open to all CMU students regardless of
their major. The band presents on campus concerts each semester
performing concert band literature of considerably interest. While non
music majors comprise the majority of the membership, music majors also
perform on instruments other than their major ones.