The Wind Symphony is the premier concert band, performing the finest literature of yesterday, today, and tomorrow with a flexible instrumentation that includes as few as eight or as many as seventy-five players. Membership, determined each semester by a blind audition, includes the most accomplished graduate and undergraduate music students from the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance. In addition to commissioning and premiering new works, the CSU Wind Symphony regularly features faculty artists and the ensemble tours throughout the state and region, performing at regional and national conventions and conferences across the west.
The Concert Band is the largest of the concert ensembles with more than 100 musicians from all majors across campus. Open to students at both the undergraduate and graduate level, this ensemble performs two concerts in the spring semester, with high standards that are achievable by non-music majors. While the band is a non-auditioned group, we require that all students have prior experience in instrumental music to participate (e.g., performance in your high school band or previous private study). Internal chair placement auditions occur once the semester is underway and involve band members preparing various excerpts from the music the Concert Band will be performing.
The following instruments are available for rental for students who are performing on these instruments in the Concert Band: Bassoon, Bass Clarinet, Bari Sax, French Horn, Euphonium, and Tuba. ($50 rental fee will apply).
No audition required
Rehearses: W/F, 4:15-5:45 p.m.; spring semester only
Instrumental Rehearsal Hall, University Center for the Arts
Director: Dr. Erik Johnson
The Symphonic Band numbers from 60-80 players from within the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance. Performing four independent concerts each year, they present music of both traditional and contemporary genres. Students are selected for membership from a competitive audition process.