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.

Overhead view of the wind ensemble

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 credit reimbursement if participating in wind ensemble pushes you over the 18 s.h. cap!

Fill out our 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

2017-2018 Projects

  • TED KING-SMITH
    • Between Glimpses of Blue for wind ensemble and fixed media (2016) – consortium premiere performance
  • PERCY GRAINGER
    • Lincolnshire Posy (1937)
  • LUIS SERRANO ALARCON
    • Tramonto (2007), Featuring Dr. Meaghan Skogen, cello
  • NORMAN DELLO JOIO
    • Scenes from “The Louvre” (1966)
  • ED KIEFER
    • Mountain Dance (2008)

2016-2017 Projects

  • AARON COPLAND/BEELER
    • Lincoln Portrait (1942/1951), Featuring Elon University President, Dr. Leo Lambert, narrator
  • GEORGE GERSHWIN/KRANCE
    • Second Prelude from “Three Preludes” (1926/1964)
  • JOHN CAGE
    • 4’33” (1952)
  • CHARLES IVES/ELKUS
    • Old Home Days (1954/1979)
  • DAVID KIRKLAND GARNER
    • briar (2017) – world premiere performance
  • LEONARD BERNSTEIN/GRUNDMAN
    • Candide Suite (1993)
  • 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

  • ON 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