The Vermont Wind Ensemble was founded at the University of Vermont in 1979 by Dr. Herbert Schultz. The membership of the ensemble includes advanced Music Department students, alumni of the university, area music teachers, and dedicated community members, and has performed at two conventions of The Association of Concert Bands, as well as regular performances on campus and in the community. The first concert was in February of 1980, and among the forty-two founding members, five still perform with the group today: James Heininger, Joanne Irwin, Susan O’Daniel, Pamela Miller, and Dean Williams.
Auditions take place during the first week of each semester by appointment with the director. You should plan to play a two octave scale of your choice to demonstrate tone quality and range; approximately three minutes of a standard solo work for your instrument; sight reading from standard wind literature. UVM students are given priority over non-UVM people for acceptance into the ensemble (Note: students who perform in the Vermont Wind Ensemble are required to also perform in the UVM Concert Band). While it is hoped that everyone who is qualified will be offered a spot in the group, ensemble balance issues will occasionally make that impossible.
2017-18 Concert Schedule
Fall Concert: Sunday, November 12th, 3PM @ Music Building Recital Hall
Overture to Candide, Bernstein/Grundman
Children's March, Grainger
Symphony on Themes of Sousa - "The Thunderer", Hearshen
Melodious Thunk, Biedenbender
Star Wars Trilogy, Hunsberger
Asphalt Cocktail, Mackey
Spring Concert: Sunday, April 15th, 3 PM @ Music Building Recital Hall