The mission of the Elon University Band Program is to provide our students with a variety of unique and high quality musical, artistic, and social experiences. We offer three outstanding ensembles, the “Phoenix Winds” Wind Ensemble, the “Fire of the Carolinas” Marching Band, and the Elon Basketball Band. There are always lots of exciting things happening in the band department, so please stop by often and follow us on social media to learn more!
“Phoenix Winds” Wind Ensemble to feature Dr. Nave Graham:
The Elon University “Phoenix Winds” Wind Ensemble is proud to announce our guest soloist this spring, flutist Dr. Nave Graham. Dr. Graham will be perform Cecile Chaminade’s Concertino at the ensemble’s spring concert, May 8, 2018 at 7:30pm in McCrary. The concert is free and open to the public. Read more about Dr. Graham:
Prize-winning flutist, Nave Graham, leads a versatile and fulfilling career as a solo and orchestral performer, chamber musician, and educator. Dr. Graham has been awarded first prize in numerous national competitions including the Flute Society of Greater Philadelphia Young Artist Competition, the Flute Society of Kentucky Young Artist Competition, and the Central Ohio Flute Association Young Artist Competition. She has also been a prizewinner in the Byron Hester Solo Flute Competition hosted by the Houston Flute Club, the South Carolina Flute Society Young Artist Competition, and the National Flute Association Masterclass Performers Competition. Dr. Graham has also performed with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, National Repertory Orchestra, Owensboro Symphony Orchestra, Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra, Queen City Chamber Opera, Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra, and Symphony Orchestra Augusta.
As an advocate of new music, Dr. Graham is a founding member of All of the Above Ensemble, a contemporary chamber music sextet devoted to creating unique and innovative musical experiences by collaborating with composers and challenging the traditions of the classical concert. All of the Above is an official Next Generation ensemble of Concert: Nova as well as the ensemble-in-residence at Xavier University. The ensemble was also selected as the ensemble- in-residence for the 2017 Cortona Sessions for New Music in Cortona, Italy. All of the Above made their Carnegie Hall debut in December 2017 and will release their first album on Ablaze Records in February 2018.
In addition to performing, Dr. Graham is the current Adjunct Professor of Flute at Xavier University. She is also adjunct flute faculty at the CCM Preparatory Department. With a cognate in Ethnomusicology, she has conducted intensive research on Buddhist philosophy and psychology as it relates to music performance anxiety. She has presented lectures at the College Music Society Conference, the University of South Carolina, the South Carolina Flute Society Festival, as well as Northern Kentucky University.
Nave Graham holds Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music where she studied with Randolph Bowman. She also holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of South Carolina where she studied with Jennifer Parker-Harley.
Leadership Applications for the 2018 “Fire of the Carolina’s” are now available:
Applications for section leader, drum major, and social media coordinator are now available and have been emailed to all returning FOTC members. Any interested in a position are encouraged to apply! Interviews/audition will be schedule following review of applications. GO PHOENIX!!
“Phoenix Winds” Wind Ensemble Announces Spring Program:
The spring program offers a wide selection of repertoire for winds and will feature Dr. Nave Graham on Cecile Chaminade’s Concertino for Flute. The program also includes the Elon University consortium premiere of Donald Grantham’s Shenandoah, commissioned by the Elon University Wind Ensemble in conjunction with a consortium of others universities and the CBDNA Small Schools Commissioning Project. Other works on the program include Vincent Persichetti’s Pageant, Ed Kimbroughs On The Greenway, and Frank Ticheli’s Angels in the Architecture. Please join us for a night of wonderful music on May 8, 2018 in McCrary Theater at 7:30pm. The concert is free and open to the public (no tickets required)!
Phoenix Winds Recent Performance:
This fall, the Elon Wind Ensemble opened their year with another well received and highly attended program in McCrary Theater. The program featured works from Percy Grainger, Norman Dello Joio, and Ed Keifer, as well as our consortium premiere of Ted King-Smith Between Glimpses of Blue for band and fixed media. The ensemble was also proud to welcome Dr. Meaghan Skogen as our featured soloist performing Luis Serrano Alacon’s Tramonto for winds and cello!