Students should prepare approximately 3-4 minutes of music that demonstrate their best playing ability. The student may choose to perform two short examples, one to demonstrate technical proficiency and another featuring tone quality, phrasing and musical sensitivity. Students will be asked to sight-read at the audition. No scales are required. Refer to schedule and ensemble contacts list
Tuesday and Thursday, 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.
The Duke University Wind Symphony, directed by Verena Mösenbichler-Bryant, is composed largely of non-majors (both undergraduate and graduate) who wish to challenge themselves by performing the finest wind and percussion literature at a high level of artistry.
The Wind Symphony gives at least four formal concerts each year, exploring musical styles from the Medieval Period to the 21st Century. Programs feature chamber works and pieces that employ the lush sonorities of the large symphonic ensemble. Compositions by such composers as Susato, Bach, Mozart, Holst, Grainger, Sousa, Ives, Gershwin, Hindemith, and those writing for the medium today are performed.
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Wind Symphony Videos
Paul Bryan's 100th birthday celebration concert
On February 29, 2020, the Duke University Wind Symphony honored its former director, Professor Emeritus Paul Bryan, with a concert that brought over 100 Wind Symphony alumni back to Baldwin Auditorium.
Paul Bryan was Professor of Music and Conductor of the Wind Symphony at Duke University from 1951-1988. He organized and led the Duke Wind Symphony's semester-long Programs in Vienna in throughout the 1970s and 1980s. Under his leadership, the Duke Wind Symphony performed concerts in Austria (Vienna, Graz, Lockenhaus, Mayrhofen, Berndorf, Bad Gleichenberg), Italy (Venice, Vicenza), Hungary (Budapest), Germany (Dresden, Leipzig, Mainz), and Czechoslovakia (Prague, Cheb). Professor Bryan was also conductor of the Durham Civic Choral Society 1957-67; Durham Savoyards 1963-67, 70, 1974-75, '77, '80; and the Durham Youth Symphony 1972-76.
Verena Mösenbichler-Bryant currently directs the Duke University Wind Symphony. (Photo Credit: Steven Bryant)
Duke Wind Symphony rehearsal with Imani Winds
Grammy-nominated Imani Winds is in residence at Duke in 2019-2020, engaging with students and the Durham community. On November 14, Imani Winds performed with the Duke University Wind Symphony in Baldwin Auditorium. On November 18, they recorded new works composed for them by graduate composition students. This is a photo of Imani Winds rehearsing for their concert with the Duke University Wind Symphony. (Photo Credit: Brian Valentyn)
Saxophone Master Class with Henk van Twillert
Dutch saxophonist Henk van Twillert conducted a master class on March 1, 2019. Twillert and composer Johan de Meij were at Duke for a concert of de Meij's works performed by the Duke University Wind Symphony with de Meij as guest conductor and Twillert as guest artist.