University of Vermont

College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Music and Dance


Vermont Wind Ensemble

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.


Alan Parshley, A322 Music Building, Phone: 656-2280, e-mail:


Auditions take place during the first week of each semester by appointment with Professor Parshley. 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.

Course Syllabus (click to view syllabus)

2014-15 Concert Schedule

Location: UVM Music Building Recital Hall, Redstone Campus

Alan Parshley, Director


Sunday, November 9, 2014, 3:00 p.m.

The Vermont Wind Ensemble presents an exciting program of contrasts:  light and darkness, celebration and introspection.  Frank Ticheli’s spectacular composition “Angels in the Architecture” is a musical essay on the struggle between light and what lurks in the darkness.  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Russian Easter Overture” was written in memory of fellow Russian composers Mussorgsky and Borodine.  This stirring and magical piece ranks among the finest compositions that Rimsky-Korsakov wrote, and has been masterfully transcribed for concert band by William V. Johnson.  Traditional Japanese folk songs and native Japanese percussion instruments inspired Yasuhide Ito to write his exciting “Festal Scenes”.  Also included on the program: Steven Bryant’s peaceful and contemplative “Dusk”, Howard Hanson’s “Choral and Alleluia”, and a march by Henry Fillmore, “The Klaxon”.


Yasuhide Ito, Festal Scenes
Howard Hanson, Chorale and Alleluia
Frank Ticheli, Angels in the Architecture
Stephen Bryant, Dusk
Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Russian Easter Overture
Henry Fillmore, The Klaxon


Sunday, April 12, 2015, 7:30 p.m.

Join the Vermont Wind Ensemble on a whirlwind musical tour. Our first stop is Russia, as we play the dazzling Festive Overture of Dmitri Shostakovich. Also on our itinerary is the Louvre Museum in France, with Renaissance music in modern garb in Norman Dello Joio’s Scenes from the Louvre. Next is Percy Grainger’s charming Lincolnshire Posy, a musical bouquet that is at once both a tribute to and a send-up of English folksingers. Back on our home turf in the United States, we will be featuring the University of Vermont’s own Tom Cleary as soloist in Alec Wilder’s jazz-influenced Fantasy for Piano and Wind Ensemble, Clifton Williams’ final work, Caccia and Chorale, and John Cheetham’s A.B.A Symphonic March (Kitty Hawk).


Dmitri Shostakovich, Festive Overture
Alec Wilder, Fantasy for Piano and Wind Ensemble (Thomas Cleary, soloist)
Percy Grainger, Lincolnshire Posy
Clifton Williams, Caccia and Chorale
Norman Dello Joio, Scenes from The Louvre
John Cheetham, the A.B.A. Symphonic March (“Kitty Hawk”)

Last modified August 18 2015 04:02 PM

Contact UVM © 2015 The University of Vermont - Burlington, VT 05405 - (802) 656-3131