Concert Ensemble Information
David Bertman, Conductor
Fall and Spring – Tuesdays, Thursdays
2:30 pm - 5:30 pm
The Wind Ensemble is the University of Houston’s premier performing organization. The ensemble has gained a national reputation through performances at the conventions of the Texas Music Educators Association (1988, 1993, 1997, 2002, 2006, 2011, and 2016), the Midwest Clinic (2012), the College Band Directors National Association, Colorado Music Educators Association (2010), the Meyerson Symphony Hall Series in Dallas, the 2015 World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles in San Jose, CA, and numerous performance in the Houston metropolitan area.
The Wind Ensemble has recorded twelve compact discs, including four recorded after being selected by the International Percy Grainger Society to record Grainger’s works in a four-volume series. One of their recordings was chosen as a compact disc of the year by Stereophile Magazine, and two others were nominated for Grammy awards: volume IV of the Grainger series, and their recording of Gustav Holst’s The Planet’s the first college wind ensemble recording to be honored with a Grammy nomination. The 56-member organization performs at least four concerts during the academic year, each exploring the wide diversity of wind-ensemble literature from the canonic wind repertoire to exciting new and unexplored chamber works written within the last decade.
Undergraduate students should enroll in MUSI 1102-04 (25934)
Graduate students should enroll in MUSI 6106-2 (25905)
Fall and Spring – Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 3:00 – 5:00 PM
The University’s second concert band is the Symphonic Winds. Symphonic Winds is dedicated to performing the highest level of literature possible and performs concerts throughout the year. The Symphonic Winds meets in the fall and the spring semesters.
Audition required. Students should enroll in MUSI 1102-02 (25812)
Cameron Kubos, Conductor
Fall and Spring - Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 3:00 – 5:00 PM
The Symphonic Band rehearses and performs compositions for all levels of concert band and new arrangements of standard marches. The band’s goal is to introduce students to new music and offer music education students the opportunity to work with their peers. The Symphonic Band currently meets during the fall and spring semesters and is open to music majors and non-music majors alike. Non-music majors are not required to audition.
Audition not required. Students should enroll in MUSI 1102-03 (25813)