University of Vermont

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.


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

Fall 2015 Course Syllabus

2017-18 Concert Schedule

Location: UVM Music Building Recital Hall, Redstone Campus

Sunday, November 12, 2017 at 3:00 pm

Sunday, April 15, 2018 at 3:00 pm

Past Performances

Sunday, April 9, 2017 at 3:00 pm
"Musical Spirits: a Celebration of Life"
Alan Parshley, conductor

Featuring the world premiere of "Channeling Wind" by UVM professor emeritus C. Robert Wigness.

Chandler Wilson, Fanfare to the Stars
Rossano Galante, Afterlife
Robert Russell Bennett, Suite of Old American Dances
C. Robert Wigness, Channeling Wind (world premiere)
Robert Pearson, Minuteman March
Alberto Ginastera, Danza Finale
Alfred Reed, Russian Christmas Music

Sunday, November 13, 2016 at 3:00 pm
Alan Parshley, conductor
Margaret Roddy, clarinet soloist

Alford, The Standard of St. George
Maslanka, Give Us This Day
Burns, Rhapsody for Solo Clarinet and Band
Markowski, City Trees
Chance, Incantation and Dance

Sunday, April 10, 2016 at 7:30 pm


Goldman, “On the Mall”
Mendelssohn, Overture for Band
Persichetti, Divertimento
Camphouse, Two American Canvases
Washburn, Kilimanjaro: An African Portrait
Gould, Santa Fe Saga

The Vermont Wind Ensemble presents a concert of "Destinations" , inspired by scenes from around the world. From Mount Kilimanjaro to the old American West, the audience will be treated to colorful musical portraits that inspire the imagination.

Free admission. For further information, call 656-2280.


Sunday, November 15, 2015 at 7:30 pm

For the fall 2015 concert, The Vermont Wind Ensemble offers a program of “Musical Adventures”. Offerings include “Land of the Long White Cloud”, a musical description of New Zealand, musical portraits inspired by five of the characters from Melville’s novel Moby Dick in “Of Sailors and Whales”, and a day at a historic New England amusement park in “Rocky Point Holiday”. Music by Steven Bryant, Robert W. Smith, and John Philip Sousa are also included on the program.

Musical Adventures

Steven Bryant, Ecstatic Fanfare
Frances McBeth, Of Sailors and Whales
Robert W. Smith, By Loch and Mountain
Philip Sparke, Land of the Long White Cloud
John Philip Sousa, The Invincible Eagle
Ron Nelson, Rocky Point Holiday

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