The ONU Wind Orchestra, directed by Music Department Chair, Dr. Thomas Hunt, performs collegiate- and professional-level literature for wind band (see programs below). Membership is by competitive audition held at the beginning of the school year.
The programs for the Wind Orchestra’s 2012-13 four-concert season include classics such as Grainger’s Lincolnshire Posy, newer standards such as Barnes Symphony No. 3, and new compositions such as William Bolcom’s Symphony for Band and Libby Larsen’s Holy Roller. The Wind Orchestra is particularly enthusiastic to work with this year’s Spring Band Festival guest, David Holsinger.
In May of 2011 the group travelled to Germany for a 10 day concert tour (see below) and plans a similar trip for May of 2013.
Recent guest conductors have this to say about ONU Wind Orchestra:
Julie Giroux, Emmy-award winning composer for film, television bands and orchestras:
"The ONU Wind Orchestra was great to work with! They delivered an impassioned rendition of my One Life Beautiful. This band can play! And they definitely know how to have a good time while they are at it!"
Patrick Burns, Director of the New Jersey City University Wind Symphony; Owner and Artistic Director of Bandworks Publications:
"I have had the great pleasure of conducting the ONU Wind Orchestra on two occasions, and each time I was impressed by not only the fine musicianship of this wonderful group, but also by the personal warmth and geniality of the students. They are great fun to work with and play with remarkable gusto. This is truly a top-notch collegiate ensemble.”
Robert Sheldon, Concert Band Editor for Alfred Music Publishing Co., Inc.:
“I thoroughly enjoyed my time with the ONU Wind Orchestra. This dedicated and enthusiastic ensemble performs with both heart and exacting professionalism. It was a pleasure to share the stage with a group of musicians who truly appreciate the joy of music-making.”
Past Programs of the ONU Wind Orchestra
ONU Wind Orchestra in Germany
Talent awards are available to both music majors and non-music majors participating in Wind Orchestra.