Lawrence University Wind Ensemble in performance

Check out the Moodle page for part assignments:


If you missed the general ensembles meeting on September 16th, here is a link to a recording:


The Lawrence University Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Andrew Mast, is selected from the top wind and percussion students in the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music. Five to seven concerts are performed on and off campus throughout the academic year, frequently with guest soloists, conductors and composers. Their repertoire consists of the finest wind music from Bach to major contemporary composers and occasional works by talented Lawrence students. The ensemble has performed at regional and national conventions and has enjoyed a close association with many American composers. Several acclaimed recordings have been produced with the group, with the latest issued in winter 2013. The ensemble also received the prestigious invitation to perform at the College Band Directors National Association Conference in 2013.  

The repertoire for the contemporary wind band is deepening and expanding on a regular basis. While the historical core of the wind ensemble is primarily comprised of music written by male composers of European descent, the Lawrence University Wind Ensemble honors the ever-increasing repertoire written by composers from previously under-represented populations. A primary commitment of the Lawrence University Wind Ensemble is to make every effort to perform at least one piece on every concert that is by a composer from an under-represented background.

All large ensemble concerts performed in the Lawrence Memorial Chapel can be enjoyed around the world through our live, four-camera video webcasts.

Plans for Fall 2020:

For updated (as of 8/13/20) plans for auditions, see:

Plans for instrumental large ensembles
(Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble and LSO)
for fall term 2020.
Draft Thursday, July 23, 2020

While probably obvious, all plans for the fall term are to be considered contingent and flexible based on changing circumstances at the local, state and national levels.

One significant variable is the number of students returning to campus for in-person instruction, which in turn will determine available instrumentation. Ensemble composition and repertoire choices will therefore need to be somewhat fluid until after classes begin when there will be more certainty about available personnel.

With that disclaimer, what follows are latest thoughts on how SB, WE and LSO will function:

• Large ensembles will be offered for any and all students who feel safe with in-person instruction.
• While the basic rehearsal structure and names of the three ensembles will remain the same for practical and administrative reasons, their functions will be slightly different. LSO will be strictly, or at least primarily, strings. Wind, brass and percussion students will be assigned to Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band but all three ensembles will really function as umbrella organizations for a number of smaller ensembles contained within them (i.e. we will not be performing or rehearsing with 60+ musicians at a time)
• Expanding on the previous point, each ensemble will be broken up into several groups, each of which will consist of around fifteen people or so. The number of these ensembles is obviously contingent on the number of students on campus. In many ways each of the three ensembles will function somewhat like Wind Ensemble has, but with a cap on the number of people involved at any given time.
• One option, depending on numbers of returning students in a given studio, may be like-instrument ensembles. For example, one possibility being considered is for a saxophone ensemble that would rehearse during the Symphonic Band rehearsal time.
• Each individual student’s commitment to large ensemble rehearsals will be less than in a traditional term.
• For students who do not choose to be in an in-person ensemble, we will be working to create an online experience that, while not truly replicating the large ensemble experience, will address the issues and concerns of an ensemble musician. Topics may include but not be limited to audition preparation, sight-reading, non-verbal communication, error recovery, non-musical keys to success, etc.

As we move through the weeks ahead we will adjust plans to changing circumstances and communicate to students and faculty in a timely fashion.

Matthew Arau
Mark Dupere
Andrew Mast

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