Concordia Wind Orchestra
Dr. Jeff Held, music director
Rehearsals: Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 3:30-5:15
Performances: app. 15 per year, including Fall and Spring Concerts in the CU Center, Concordia Christmas Concerts, worship services at area congregations and on campus, Commencement, Family Pops Concert, and other special concerts/events
Tours: Tours occur almost every year. Recent destinations: San Diego, Las Vegas, Northern California, Phoenix, St. Louis, Indianapolis, Michigan, and Texas
Auditions: Admission in the ensemble is granted at the beginning of each semester. Students from all majors are welcome (70% of the ensemble are not music majors). Please contact [email protected] to inquire.
Private Lessons: As a major outreach ensemble with high performance standards, all members in the CWO are required to take private lessons for at least a portion of their years at Concordia. In many cases, lesson fees are waived for CWO members.
Scholarships: New students who play in the CWO are eligible for music scholarships.
Major Repertoire: Each year, the CWO performs music of the highest standard in wind band repertoire. Recent performances have included: Sparke Dance Variations, A. Reed Symphony No. 1 & 2, Vaughan Williams English Folk Song Suite, McBeth Of Sailors and Whales, and Gould Symphony No. 3 ("West Point"), H.O. Reed La Fiesta Mexicana.
Worship Music: The mission of the CWO extends well-beyond that of the typical college wind band. Through its work in worship services, hymn festivals, and sacred-themed concerts, the CWO serves the Church through its commissioned hymn accompaniments and other liturgical music.
Community: Students in the CWO form a very close, supportive community of friends who each have diverse backgrounds in academic interest and musical experience. Concordia University can successfully prepare music students for graduate-level study, while at the same time it provides a unique opportunity for dedicated non-majors to perform at the highest level, side-by-side with musicians preparing for careers in the profession.
Beyond the Concordia Wind Orchestra
Instrumentalists at Concordia University keep a very full performance schedule. Participation in the Concordia Wind Orchestra is only one part of many students' performance portfolios, which include handbells, choirs, worship bands, and additional instrumental ensembles. Many CWO members perform in a chamber ensemble such as Concordia Brass, Percussion Ensemble, Clarinet Ensemble, or Flute Ensemblee. Also, many wind players are assigned to the Concordia Sinfonietta (symphony orchestra) as well as the wind orchestra.
Concordia's music majors and some non-majors perform solo recitals. Select students are allowed to perform half recitals in their sophomore year, and many music majors choose to perform a half recital in their junior year and a full recital in their senior year. Solo recitals are tremendous culminating projects that require long-term planning, focus, close work with a studio teacher mentor, musical collaboration, and recital production. In addition to recitals, Concordia instrumentalists are active as solo accompanists for choirs, chapel performers, and performers at local congregations and other musical organizations.
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