Type of Ensemble: Wind Symphony is a symphonic wind ensemble for students at the advanced/intermediate-advanced level of music making. The ensemble is comprised of Flute/Piccolo, Oboe/English Horn, Clarinets, Bass Clarinet, Bassoon, Saxophones (alto, tenor, baritone), Horns, Trumpets, Trombones, Euphonium, Tuba, and Percussion.
Typical Wind Symphony Students: Wind Symphony students are generally from the greater Pittsburgh metropolitan area and from as far as West Virginia and Ohio. All ages up to freshman year in college will be considered for this ensemble.
Conductor: Brian Worsdale is the conductor of Wind Symphony and the Music Director of TRYPO. See Artistic Staff for more information about Mr. Worsdale.
Coaches: Students break out into periodic sectionals to focus on technique and their individual parts with coaching staff drawn from members of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and other professional local teaching artists.
Performances: Wind Symphony performs one to two concerts a year, depending on the season.
Rehearsals: In its inaugural season (2018-19), the Wind Symphony rehearses on Saturdays January through May, from 11:00-12:30 pm at the Mary Pappert School of Music of Duquesne University.
[Please note that the rehearsal structure for the 2019-20 season is TBA.]
Auditions: WS has auditions every May/June for entry to the next season. See New Member Auditions for more information on how to join WS and for current openings (if any).
- Frank Ticheli – Vesuvius
- Gustav Holst – First Suite in E-flat
- Percy Grainger – Lincolnshire Posy
- Morten Lauridsen – O Magnum Mysterium
Tuition: 2018-19 Fees are as follows:
- Current Members of any full-year TRYPO program (YPO, SYM, YC2) – $150
- New Members – $300
- Financial aid and scholarship assistance are always available to students who demonstrate need. Families should not be discouraged from applying to TRYPO due to financial limitations. Visit our Tuition Assistance page for more information about scholarships.
[Please note that the 2019-20 tuition rates are TBA.]
If you are interested in a printable Wind Symphony flyer, please click HERE to access a pdf.