Wind Ensemble

The Elon University Wind Ensemble “Phoenix Winds” is a contemporary wind ensemble focused on the performance of a wide variety of wind repertoire from classic works for winds, to very modern, avant-garde repertoire and everything in between. The band provides a variety of unique experiences including world premiere performances of newly commissioned works, working directly with composers, performances with outstanding guests artists, chamber music, creative and diverse programming, media integration, and collaboration with other artistic mediums. The band rehearses just once a week in the fall and spring, allowing you enough time to participate in the ensemble, and still have time to explore other musical experiences or take advantage of other opportunities that Elon offers.

The wind ensemble is open to any student at Elon University with experience playing a wind or percussion instrument. There are no auditions to join if you meet the experience requirement, however there are small part placement auditions held at the beginning of each semester. Wind Ensemble is a 1 s.h. class, MUS 101. The music
Department even offers a one credite reimbursement if partipicating in wind ensemble pushes you over the 18 s.h. cap!

Anyone interested in joining can click here to fill out the interest form and ask any questions you might have, or you can email Dr. Kehl at akehl@elon.edu. Below you will find a FAQ page as well as our recent concert repertoire and some video highlights!

Recent Projects and Performances

2016-2017 Projects 

YO GOTO
A Prelude to the Shining Day (2010)

LEE ACTOR 
Concerto for Timpani and Band (2008)
Featuring Dr. David Constantine, Timpani 

ARTURO MARQUEZ/NICKEL
Danzon No. 2 (1998/2009)

ARAM KHACHATURIAN/SATZ
Armenian Dances (1943/1945)
Melody Causby, conductor

DARIUS MILHAUD
Suite Francaise
i. Normandie
iv. Alsace-Lorraine
iii. Lle de France 

CHEN DAN 
The Love Song of Kangding (traditional/ 1999)

CHEN DAN/ KEHL 
Happy News from Beijing Comes to Border Villages (traditional/ 2012)
 

2015 – 2016 Projects

RON NELSON
Morning Alleluias for the Winter Solstice (1989)

MARK SCHULTZ
Dragons in the Sky (1990/1999)
Featuring
Lynn H. Beck, horn
John R. Beck, percussion

KEVIN WALCZYK
Winter Ricercar (2015)
Premiere Performance
Elon University Chamber Winds

PERCY GRAINGER/STOTTER
Sussex Mummers’ Christmas Carol (1911/2006)

DONALD GRANTHAM
Exhilaration and Cry from “Southern Harmony” (2008)

DAVID MASLANKA
Give Us This Day (2007)

TODD COLEMAN
In Kensington Gardens (2016)
Featuring Elon University Chorale and Camerata
Premiere Performance 

ANTON BRUCKNER
Messe e-Moll (1882)
Featuring Elon University Chorale and Camerata

JOHANNES BRAHMS/BUEHLMAN
Blessed Are They from "A German Requiem" (1867/1970)

RON NELSON
Medieval Suite (1981)

 

2014 – 2015 Projects 

DAVID CLAY METTENS
Kinetic Dance, for two scrap metal birds (2014)
world premiere performance

RALPH VAUGHAN WILLIAMS
PERCY GRAINGER
A Set of English Classics
  Folk Song Suite, mvt. I (1924)
  Theme from Green Bushes (1921)

DANIEL BUKVICH
J.S. BACH/Erik W.G. Leidzén
Symphony no. 1 “In Memoriam Dresden – 1945” (1993)
Komm, Süsser Tod “Come Sweet Death” (1736)

VINCENT PERSICHETTI
Serenade No. 1 for Ten Wind Instruments (1963)
Elon University Chamber Players

ALEX SHAPIRO
Tight Squeeze (2013)

CARTER PANN
Hold This Boy and Listen (2009)

THOMAS S. ALLEN/RAY CRAMER
Whip and Spur (1902)

PETER TCHAIKOVSKY/OFBURG
Le Lac des Cygnes (1876/2014)
Featuring members of the Elon University Dance Program
Choreography by Jen Guy Metcalf

AARON COPLAND/ADAM KEHL
“Simple Gifts” from Appalachian Spring (1944/2015)
based on “Variations on a Shaker Melody”
Elon University Chamber Players
Featuring members of the Elon University Dance Program
Choreography by Jen Guy Metcalf

WALLINGFORD RIEGGER
Dance Rhythms, Op. 58 (1954)

NORMAN DELLO JOIO
Satiric Dances (1975)

WILLIAM BOLCOM/IAN FRENKEL
Five Cabaret Songs (1979/2015)
Dr. Hallie Hogan, mezzo soprano
Dr.Charles Hogan, piano
Elon University Chamber Players

CLIFTON WILLIAMS
Symphonic Dance No. 3 “Fiesta” (1965)

PIETRO MASCAGNI/CARL RUGGLES
“Regina coeli” from Cavalleria rusticana (1890/1939)

JOHN MACKEY
Strange Humors (2006)
Evan Small, djembe