Wind Ensemble

Williams College Wind Ensemble

The Williams College Department of Music presents a concert with the Williams College Wind Ensemble in Chapin Hall on Friday, Dec. 7 at 8 p.m. This free event is open to the public.

The Williams College Wind Ensemble stands alongside other Williams groups with one foot firmly rooted in tradition while exploring the territory beyond. Melding contemporary and traditional art music for winds and percussion, its programs frequently include world premiere performances, traditional works for wind band, soloists, and new student compositions. Recognized as one of New England’s premier undergraduate wind ensembles, the group has twice been invited to perform at the College Band Directors National Division Conference.

Conductor Heidi Johanna Miller leads the Williams College Wind Ensemble in a concert of wind music that spans one hundred years of repertoire. Familiar works by Gounod, Rodrigo, and Khachaturian are complemented by works of living composers. Ms. Miller presents her own transcription of Gladsome Light by Pavel Tchesnokov. The ensemble also offers a world premiere of Road Stories by Jennifer Higdon. Shortcut Home by renowned composer Dana Wilson rounds out the program.

An advocate for new music, Ms. Miller has guided world premiere performances of works by Stephen Hartke, Keir Neuringer, Carl Schroeder, James Patrick Miller, and Dawn Lenore Sonntag; in addition, her ensembles’ performances have been noted by composers Karel Husa, Steven Stucky, and Dana Wilson. In 2008, her dissertation research on the music of Steven Stucky was awarded a Graduate Research Fellowship from the University of Minnesota where she also served as conductor of the North Star Band during the 2008-2009 season and a graduate teaching assistant in the wind band program from 2006 to 2009.