Continue to express your love of music with The University Wind Ensemble! This ensemble provides you with the opportunity to perform the finest and most challenging traditional and contemporary wind and percussion literature by the finest composers.
The typical University Wind Ensemble (UWE) member is a highly-motivated student for whom making music is a personal priority. UWE performs six concerts each year, including the annual Bands of the Beanpot with Boston University, Harvard University, and Northeastern University, plus a Christmas Concerts and a concert during the Annual Boston College Arts Festival. UWE members will also have the opportunity to participate in chamber ensembles throughout the year.
In addition to musical excellence, the University Wind Ensemble is committed to building community and social engagement. As a new member, you will be assigned a UWE Family, which includes existing members who will help you navigate the year with the ensemble as well as your transition to college. UWE also hosts BBQs, Coffee Dates, and other social activities.
UWE members receive a small scholarship and free private lessons. Rehearsals are Mondays from 5:15-7:00 p.m. and Wednesdays from 4:15-6:30 p.m. Membership in the UWE is by audition or invitation of the Conductor.
Mandatory Reading Session
Wednesday, August 31 from 4:15 - 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, September 6 by appointment at 2150 St. Thomas More Apartments (specific time chosen at the Reading Session)
Audition music includes excerpts that are distributed at the Reading Session plus sight reading. A prepared piece is not necessary.
All sessions are held at 300 Hammond Pond Parkway unless otherwise specified.
What is the audition process?
The audition process for the University Wind Ensemble consists of a reading session and an individual audition. The reading session is just like a typical rehearsal where everyone plays together. Everyone who is interested in auditioning is required to attend the reading session. The audition music is distributed at the reading session and is for the student to take to practice for the individual audition. The individual audition is scheduled by each student for a time of their choice. At the individual audition, the student plays the audition excerpt distributed at the reading session and will also play a few short sight-reading etudes.
What should I prepare for the audition?
There is nothing to prepare in advance of the audition. The audition music will be distributed at the reading session. Students will take the music with them to practice for the individual audition. The audition music consists of an excerpt from a piece which we will play at the first concert and a short sight-reading etude.
What is the time commitment?
The University Wind Ensemble rehearses on Mondays 5:15-7:00 p.m. and Wednesdays from 4:15-6:30 p.m. In addition, each section will schedule a one-hour section rehearsal at a time when everyone in the section is available. Full ensemble rehearsals, section rehearsals and lessons add up to a total of 5 hours per week. Members are also expected to practice outside of rehearsals to prepare the ensemble music. Individual practice time will vary for each member. When completing your class schedule, you should not schedule a class during the fall rehearsal times (Mondays from 5:15-7:00 p.m. and Wednesdays 4:15-6:30 p.m.
Every member of the UWE is budgeted to receive an achievement scholarship.
- First year members receive $500
- Second year members receive $750
- Third year members receive $1,000
- Fourth year members receive $2,000
- This schedule is intended to recognize the value of experience in the ensemble
Scholarships are credited to the student's account at the close of the fall semester and at the close of the spring semester.
When and where are concerts typically held?
The UWE typically performs five concerts per year; three in the fall semester and two in the spring semester. Four of the concerts take place on campus. One concert takes place at one of a number of Boston-area universities (Harvard, Boston University or Northeastern University). The UWE also performs annually at the Boston College Arts Festival.
I do not own an instrument. Can I loan one from the Bands Program?
Yes. The Boston College Bands Program maintains an inventory of high-quality instruments that we loan to students who play in our ensembles at no cost. Contact the Bands Office to arrange an instrument loan.
What is the concert attire?
Members can choose to wear:
- Black tuxedo or black suit with white dress shirt and black bow tie
- Plain, black floor to mid-calf length dress with full to ¾ length sleeves
- Black top with full to ¾ length sleeves paired with full-length bottoms (slacks or skirt)
Members should direct questions towards the UWE executive board (firstname.lastname@example.org) if they are uncertain about the concert attire they are planning to wear.