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Symphonic Winds

Conductor

The purpose of this 50-member wind ensemble is to bring honor to God, working together as Christians. The concert schedule includes Prism (departmental), Music at Noon Children's Concert, Fall, Christmas, Spring and Pops (which allows for the more 'creative side' of winds members to shine) concerts and two graduation ceremonies. Each concert features a program of the best sacred and standard concert band literature, resulting in challenging and rewarding concerts. Prayer times before each concert inspire fellowship and give students the proper focus. These vital experiences help prepare music majors for the real world of music, and for non-majors, help provide a well-rounded university experience.

Throughout the year, several activities keep Symphonic Winds members connected. Each fall, a weekend retreat in the mountains lays the groundwork for the entire school year; through rehearsal time, games, prayer partners, meals and several hours of free time lifelong relationships take root. Devotions and prayer before class set the tone for productive, but fun rehearsal times. Parties at the Feller's house after concerts provide the opportunity to see each other outside of the normal working environment and allow students to eat, fellowship and relax together. The tradition of performing for one of the Salvation Army's homeless shelters every Christmas is a chance for students to share their faith in a very tangible way. Every other year, members of the Symphonic Winds travel to Romania with Heart2Heart International to minister to orphans and abandoned babies — this is a life-changing experience for everyone who chooses to go. For those who wish to develop further, leadership opportunities abound in the Symphonic Winds council, including a student conductor who takes on conducting responsibilities under the guidance of Professor Feller. Fundraisers provide opportunities for students to see each other outside of the normal music environment. Many times, special clinics with area junior high or high school ensembles give Symphonic Winds students a chance to inspire other musicians. Each year the Symphonic Winds hosts the two-day Biola Instrumental Music Festival for Christian junior high/middle school and high school bands, full orchestras, string orchestras and jazz ensembles, bringing 400 music students onto Biola's campus. Lastly, an end of the year formal banquet provides a fun event in which to recap the entire school year.

Sample Repertoire

  • Pines of Rome by Respighi/Duker
  • Sanctuary by Tichelli
  • Slalom! by Pann
  • Internal Combustion by Gillingham
  • Rolling Thunder by Fillmore

How to Audition

Every student interested in performing with this ensemble must audition. Auditions will take place either the week before, or the first week of classes. A sign-up sheet of audition times will be posted on Professor Feller's office door, Room 114 in Crowell Hall.

Please be ready to perform two pieces of contrasting styles, one lyrical and one technical demonstrating both ends of your abilities. Two movements of solo literature from a concerto, sonata, or substantial piece is preferred. If this is not available, two contrasting etudes will suffice. Scales may be asked for as well.