Honors Wind Ensemble

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We are once again hosting the SJSU Honors Wind Ensemble for high school students in the Spring of 2023!  

Our Composer-in-Residence this year is Alex Shapiro

Alex Shapiro

Accepted members will be split into two separate bands: 

  • Wind Ensemble: Limited to one on a part and conducted by SJSU Director of Bands, Dr. David Vickerman
  • Wind Symphony: Multiple students on each part and conducted by SJSU Assistant Director of Bands, Dr. Craig McKenzie.

Both ensembles are created through director/studio teacher recommendations. After reviewing nominations, the selected students will come for a full rehearsal day, which includes ensemble seating auditions, followed by a dress rehearsal and concert two weeks later. (see dates below)

The Honors Wind Ensembles will include at least one musician from each school/studio that fills out a nomination form as long as they nominate AT LEAST 3 students. Directors/studio teachers are encouraged to nominate as many students as they want, as long as they feel confident that students can rehearse and perform at a high level. 

Detailed Schedule TBD

  • Sunday, March 12 - Seating Auditions, Rehearsals and Masterclasses
  • Sunday, March 19 - Dress Rehearsal with Alex Shapiro and Concert featuring the SJSU Wind Ensemble
    *all participating Honors Wind Ensemble members must attend both days of rehearsals*

*All participating Honors Wind Ensemble members must attend both days of the event.*

Selected students will pay a $75 fee, which includes the two days of rehearsals and workshops as well as:

  • Meet and talk with composer-in-residence, Alex Shapiro
  • Meet and work with SJSU artist faculty, including Director of Bands, David Vickerman and Assistant Director of Bands Craig McKenzie
  • Talk with current SJSU students to ask about life as a music major and how to prepare for college and auditions.
  • Hear a concert by the SJSU Wind Ensemble.
  • Commemorative T-Shirt.

Nomination Deadline

  • January 31, 2023 by midnight


How to Nominate Students

1. Verify that the students you want to nominate can commit to both days before nominating them.
2. Nomination form - Click here to nominate students

    • This form is only to be filled out by band directors or studio teachers, not by students.
    • Currently, there is no restriction on the number of students you may nominate.
    • Just FYI: You will need the following information for the nominations:
        • Student Email and Contact Phone Number (mobile/cell preferred)   PLEASE double/triple check the emails for the students. This will be our primary method of communication and we want to make sure they don't miss anything!
        • Parent/Guardian Email
        • Student Interest: Here is an optional form you can print to gather information about your students' interest. It is not required to have this info, but is helpful in our decision-making process.

If you have any questions about the application, please email SJSU Bands Graduate Student, Travis Nasatir - We look forward to hosting your students here at SJSU!