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NYU Wind Symphony

Music and Performing Arts Professions Ensembles

The NYU Wind Symphony is the premiere wind band at NYU, performing a full season of concerts annually, including special chamber wind repertoire opportunities, works by NYU student composers, and creative works for music majors. The ensemble explores both significant, traditional repertoire and new repertoire by living, diverse composers who write for woodwinds, brass, and percussion. Led by Dr. Jason Noble, the ensemble seeks to provide a 21st century medium by which significant music for the emerging wind repertoire can be explored, examined, refined, and performed in an atmosphere of musical excellence, collegial responsibility, creative inquiry, and progressive philosophy. 

In 2021-2022, the ensemble began a new initiative to commission works by BBIA (Black, Brown, Indigenous, Asian) and underrepresented composers, with a goal of contributing to the growing and evolving body of repertoire for winds and percussion. The ensemble is committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging, and to the concept of student voice and student choice. A focus on both performance excellence (the “what”) and performance understanding (the “why”) provides the educational and theoretical framework by which the course material is delivered. The NYU Wind Symphony is a partner with the College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA), and the National Association for Music Education (NAfME). The NYU Wind Symphony supports the mission of …And We Were Heard, the Institute for Composer DiversityThe MayDay GroupWomen Band Directors International (WDBI), and Minority Band Directors National Association (MBDNA).

Who Can Join

All Instrumental Performance majors and Music Education majors are required to audition for placement in the ensemble to which they are assigned. There are some positions open to currently matriculating non-performance majors, based on audition and instrumentation availability. Auditions take place at the beginning of both the fall and the spring semesters. The NYU Wind Symphony is open to all NYU students by audition as noted below:

Fall 2022 Audition Dates and Sign-Up Forms

Excerpt packets for all instruments.
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Woodwinds

  • These auditions will fill chairs for the following ensembles: NYUO1, NYUO2, Broadway Orchestra, Chamber Music and Wind Symphony 
  • Auditions will take place on Monday, August 29, 2022. 
  • Performance Majors and Music Education Majors, 11am-5pm
  • Performance and Education students are asked to prepared the exposition of the Mozart concerto both 1st and 2nd movements on their applied instrument
  • Non-Performance Majors, 6pm-9 Room TBD
  • Non-performance students are asked to prepare two contrasting movements or etudes of their choice 
  • Sign up for a Woodwind Audition.

Brass

  • These auditions will fill chairs for the following ensembles: NYUO1, NYUO2, Broadway Orchestra, Chamber Music and Wind Symphony
  • Auditions will take place on Monday, August 29, 2022, 12pm - 4pm, Room TBD
  • Performance students: rep TBD
  • Non-majors should fill out the form and follow the directions provided. 
  • Non-performance students are asked to prepare two contrasting movements or etudes of their choice 
  • For non-majors who are interested in participating in a large ensemble please contact Program Administrator, Kaitlyn Walker.
  • Sign up for a Brass Audition.

Percussion: Percussion Performance majors only

  • Auditions will take place Tuesday, September 6, 2022, beginning at 7:10 PM in the Percussion Penthouse on the 13th floor of 35 West 4th Street.
  • There will be no time slot sign ups. All students should arrive at 7:10 PM.
  • All students should prepare the entirety of the percussion audition packet.
  • Any questions regarding percussion auditions should be directed to Sean Statser.

Percussion: Non-majors only

  • Auditions will take place Wednesday, August 31, 2022, location TBD.
  • To schedule an audition time and video supplementary submission, please contact NYU Wind Symphony conductor, Dr. Jason Noble.

Rehearsal Information

Rehearsals take place in the Kimmel Center Eisner Lubin Auditorium (room 401). All matriculating members are required to register for the ensemble as a course for 0-3 credits, per your degree requirements.

NYU Wind Symphony (Fall and Spring): Mondays, 7:10–9:10 PM, and Fridays, 10:00 AM – 11:50 AM

Undergraduate students should register for: NYU Wind Symphony MPAME-UE 1083, Section 001

Graduate students should register for: NYU Wind Symphony MPAME-GE 2083, Section 001 

Note (for 2022-2023 only): NYU Wind Symphony has been carefully scheduled to not conflict with any required music performance or music education courses. Attendance is required at both weekly rehearsals in order to be admitted to the ensemble. In very rare circumstances, students may petition the instructor to register for half-time status in the course. This exemption is only granted to music education majors who are on active placement in a senior-year daytime student teaching placement or students who have a completely unavoidable outside major-requirement singleton course that cannot be scheduled at any other time with documentation from your academic advisor. Please email Dr. Jason Noble immediately if you and your academic advisor see an unavoidable course conflict that may prevent attendance at both required weekly rehearsals. 

Course Registration Details: NYU Wind Symphony courses are housed under NYU Music Education (MPAME) in the ALBERT registration system. All students must receive a course registration code in order to be cleared to register for wind symphony. You will be given this code after auditions by either Kaitlyn Walker., Sean Statser, or Dr. Jason Thompson

Contact Information

Dr. Jason Noble, Conductor, jason.noble@nyu.edu

Dr. Jason Thompson, Program Director, Music Education, jdthompson@nyu.edu.