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Symphonic Winds
  • The Symphonic Winds, under the direction of Barry E. Kopetz is the principal wind band within the Capital University program. The Symphonic Winds perform six campus concerts per year. These concerts include the finest literature available for the wind ensemble. Music of all styles and periods is performed, including works requiring chamber instrumentation as well as the full instrumentation of the modern wind band. Guest soloists are featured with the Symphonic Winds and guest conductors frequently appear in concert.


    One special feature sponsored by the Symphonic Winds is the annual Concerto Competition. The competition is open to any full time major within the Conservatory of Music and the three categories include solo performers, conductors and ocmposers. Winners receive performance opportunities with this fine ensemble, further adding to the rigorous training received within the Conservatory.


    In addition to a regular series of concerts on campus, the ensemble undertakes regional and national tours and performs at numerous professional conferences. Reccent appearances include the regional meeting of the College Band Directors National Association, the Ohio Music Edcators Association and a week long tour of Taiwan as gests of the Chiayi City Festival. Numerous nationally known composers and guest conductors have appeared with the Symphonic Winds, including karel Husa, Fisher Tull, H. Robert Reynolds, Elliot Del Borgo, Rocky J. Reuter, Michael Schelle, and James Curnow. Recently, the ensemble has recorded a compact disc of music for brass quinetet and wind band featuring the unique talents of the Boston Brass.


    Purchase the Symphonic Winds CD "Heroes and Legends"