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Wind Ensembles

Capitol Symphonic Winds

Cap Winds is the region’s largest auditioned community concert band.
Cap Winds is the region’s largest auditioned community concert band.

Cap Winds will resume in Spring 2021 for two rehearsals and a performance! Please join us for music making outdoors, in a COVID-safe environment. 

Capitol Symphonic Winds (Cap Winds) is an ensemble composed of dedicated adult instrumentalists that offers challenging repertoire and exceptional guidance in a fun, rewarding environment. During a normal year, performances take place in December and May, with occasional outreach and collaborative performances scheduled as well. Conducted by Dan D'Addio

Audition Information

If you are interested in joining Capitol Symphonic Winds, please contact Noa Michaud at nomichaud@hartford.edu. Current members of Capitol Symphonic Winds do not need to re-audition for the ensemble. 

Tuition

Tuition is $125. (A one time $25 registration fee may apply)

Please contact hcdbills@hartford.edu or call 860.768.4451 for any questions.

Rehearsals

Wednesdays, 7:30–9:30 p.m., in Bliss Music Room 

Greater Hartford Youth Wind Ensemble

Nearly 70 years of exceptional training is at the core of each rehearsal and performance.
Nearly 70 years of exceptional training is at the core of each rehearsal and performance.

The Greater Hartford Youth Wind Ensemble (GHYWE) is composed of advanced high-school  students. GHYWE performs advanced wind-ensemble repertoire, including traditional, modern, and new works. Conducted by Glen Adsit.

Listen In

Kentucky Harmony by Donald Grantham | Night on Fire from 'The Soul Has Many Motions' by John Mackey

Audition Information

Auditions for this academic-year ensemble are held in June at our annual Audition Festival. At the audition, students are expected to perform scales, a solo or etudes demonstrating current skill level, and sight-read a piece (provided at the audition).
 
Auditions for our large ensemble program are accepted on a rolling basis during the academic year. All new students must audition to be placed in the proper ensemble. To audition, students should submit a link (not a file) to an unlisted YouTube video to the audition form.

Tuition and Rehearsals

Tuition is $225 for HCD private lesson students, and $615 for all others.*
*A one-time $25 registration fee may apply.

Rehearsals are Sundays, from 5:30–7:30 p.m. in Bliss Music Room 

Philharmonia Winds

Philharmonia performs twice annually: fall and spring.
Philharmonia performs twice annually: fall and spring.

Philharmonia Winds is for advanced high-school and very advanced middle-school students. The ensemble prepares and performs challenging repertoire in a positive and encouraging environment. Conducted by Alan Francis

Listen In

Fiddle-Faddle by Leroy Anderson Pilgrims Chorus by Richard Wagner | The Gliding Girl Tango by John Philip Sousa

Audition Information

Auditions for this academic-year ensemble are held in June at our annual Audition Festival. At the audition, students are expected to perform scales, a solo or etudes demonstrating current skill level, and sight-read a piece (provided at the audition).
 
Auditions for our large ensemble program are accepted on a rolling basis during the academic year. All new students must audition to be placed in the proper ensemble. To audition, students should submit a link (not a file) to an unlisted YouTube video to the audition form.

Tuition and Rehearsals

Tuition is $225 for HCD private lesson students, and $615 for all others.*
*A one-time $25 registration fee may apply.

Rehearsals are Saturdays, from 10:15–12:15 p.m. in Bliss Music Room

Harmony Winds

Music selections are varied and challenging, creating a valuable experience for participants.
Music selections are varied and challenging, creating a valuable experience for participants.

Harmony Winds is an intermediate wind ensemble for advanced middle school and early high school students looking to refine their ensemble skills, technique, and perform quality repertoire at a high level. Conducted by Alan Francis.

Listen In

Jamaica Me Crazy by Scott Watson | Plaza de Toros by Mark Williams

Audition Information

Auditions for this academic-year ensemble are held in June at our annual Audition Festival. At the audition, students are expected to perform scales, a solo or etudes demonstrating current skill level, and sight-read a piece (provided at the audition).
 
Auditions for our large ensemble program are accepted on a rolling basis during the academic year. All new students must audition to be placed in the proper ensemble. To audition, students should submit a link (not a file) to an unlisted YouTube video to the audition form.

Tuition and Rehearsals

Tuition is $135 for HCD private lesson students, and $335 for all others.*
*A one-time $25 registration fee may apply.

Rehearsals are Saturdays, from 9–10 a.m. in Bliss Music Room

Questions?

While you should consult with your teacher about appropriate repertoire, please feel free to contact Emmett Drake, Department Chair of Large Ensembles, at drake@hartford.edu.