SFSU Wind Ensemble

The SFSU Wind Ensemble, conducted by Brad Hogarth, is one of the premier large instrumental ensembles within the School of Music and Dance.

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The ensemble is open by audition to all students (music majors and non-majors), faculty, staff, and community members. We rehearse weekly on Tuesday and Thursday, 4pm to 6pm, in room 153 of the Creative Arts building.

The SFSU Wind Ensemble is comprised of approximately 45 musicians, both music majors and non-majors, as well as faculty, staff and community members, who join together to perform six to eight concerts on campus during each academic year. All of the ensemble members have demonstrated an outstanding level of musicianship and commitment. While offering our members opportunities to expand their technical, intellectual and musical horizons, the Wind Ensemble intends to broaden performance and teaching skills by cultivating an interest in wind music as an integral part of the American music scene. Graduates of the SFSU Wind Ensemble perform all across the globe, and hold teaching positions or leading positions in their respective major areas of concentration throughout the U.S.

SFSU Wind Ensemble performances feature new compositions for wind band in addition to works considered to be part of the core wind literature. The ensemble is dedicated to presenting an exciting variety of challenging repertoire from all musical periods, cultures and styles. Active in the area of commissioning new music, the ensemble regularly participates in consortiums and proudly presents world premiere performances. Furthermore, we greatly enjoy collaborations with internationally renowned guest artists.

Audition information

Membership in the SFSU Wind Ensemble is open to all students, faculty and staff as well as interested members of the community, and will be determined via audition during the first week of classes.

As soon as you arrive on campus, please stop by Professor Hogarth's office to fill out an audition form and sign up for an audition time.

For your audition please prepare a slow and a fast excerpt from a solo or a band work that total three minutes. Information will be available at the audition site and through the contacts listed below. Please bring only your form, music, and instrument (no cases, etc.) to room 142 in the Creative Arts building at your scheduled time.

Acceptance is based upon the conductor‘s evaluation of a satisfactory audition, which includes performance on the individual's instrument at a level necessary to execute standard wind ensemble music. While the ensemble will allow as many qualified members as rehearsal and performance areas allow, it may be necessary at times to apply maximum quotas to certain sections of the ensemble for proper performance balance.

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