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
International Tours: The CWO is touring France, Belgium, and the Netherlands in June, 2019. Performances will be held in major cathedrals, in a park at the base of the Eiffel Tower, and on Omaha Beach on the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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. Music lesson tuition is steeply discounted 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, four symphonies of Alfred Reed, Mackey Frozen Cathedral, J.S. Bach Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, several works by John Williams, and Gould Symphony No. 3 ("West Point").
New Music: As a part of its role as an artistically achieving ensemble, the CWO regularly performs new music, and aids in its creation. Recent commissions that the CWO was involved in include: Silver Linings (Frank Ticheli's flute concerto), Diversions for Solo Clarinet and Wind Ensemble (Robert Spittal), From Heaven Above to Earth I Come: A Christmas Cantata (Craig Naylor). Annually, the CWO commissions several sacred works for use in worship settings.
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.
- Composer Spotlight Concert: Frank Ticheli
- In 2018, the CWO welcomed Frank Ticheli as guest conductor. In addition to many great Ticheli works, this concert gave the second performance ever of his oboe serenade, and a performance of his new flute concerto: Silver Lining, which we helped to commission.
- Concordia Christmas Concerts 2017
- Our annual Christmas concerts draw 2,500 people in five performances, featuring most of the large ensembles at Concordia University.
- 4/21/17 CWO & Sinfonietta Concert
- This is a typical repertoire concert featuring important works in the band and orchestral repertoire.
- CWO Invitational Concert (Fall 2017)
- These concerts are held twice per year, including guest performances from local and touring high schools and community colleges.
- 40th Anniversary Service
- This is an example of the CWO assisting in worship ministry.
- CWO Tour (Bakersfield, Sacramento, Orange)
- CWO and Organ at Spreckels Organ Pavilion, San Diego
- Tour concerts can vary widely depending on the venues. Often, we choose to present some sacred music as part of the tour concerts.
- Annual Family Pops Concerts introduce small children to live music through interactive, comedic character skits and music. Recent themes: "Musical Monsters, Inc.," "Lions and Tubas and Baritones, Oh My! Musical Adventures with the Wonderful Wizards of Winds."
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.
The New Dimension Fund
CWO and Sinfonietta Official Schedule