The Williams College Wind Ensemble is the premiere wind and percussion ensemble of the Department of Music. Under the leadership of Visiting Director and Artist in Residence in Winds , Dr. Heidi Johanna Miller, the WCWE presents artistic programs blending traditional and contemporary wind band music. The ensemble rehearses once each week (Sunday 7:00-9:00 pm), aiming to create an artistic and enjoyable wind band home for all members of the Williams College community. Currently the ensemble is accepting new members on all instruments including: woodwinds, brasses, percussion, piano, harp, string bass – with occasional performance opportunities available for solo strings, voice, and guitar. The Williams College Wind Ensemble is open at the beginning of each semester to all members of the college community. Auditions are held at the beginning of the academic year and are strongly recommended but not required. Please contact Dr. Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org with any further questions.
Recognized as one of the premiere undergraduate wind ensembles in New England, the Williams College Wind Ensemble performed at both the 2006 and 2010 College Band Directors National Association Eastern Division Conferences. The 2012-2013 WCWE will present two concerts including music by composers Aaron Jay Kernis, Vincent Persichetti, Joaquin Rodrigo, Tielman Susato, and Michael Weinstein as well as a world premiere by Jennifer Higdon, and will also feature student and faculty compositions and solo performers.
From 2001-2010, director Steven Dennis Bodner built the foundation for the ensemble, developing its identity as a leading proponent of the adventurous programming and performance of new music. Mr. Bodner also began the continuing tradition of featuring student conductors, composers, and soloists. The wind ensemble has performed many new works to great acclaim, and has commissioned works from composers Lukas Foss, Michael Torke, John Frantzen, Michael Weinstein, Dana Wilson, Kyle Gann, alumni Judd Greenstein '01 and Benjamin Wood '08, and Professor David Kechley. The ensemble has also given the American premieres of several works by the Dutch composer Louis Andriessen.