The Wind Ensemble provides an opportunity for Macalester students to rehearse and perform the concert literature for winds and percussion, under the direction of Shelley Hanson. Macalester has a long, rich history of performing music for concert band and the Wind Ensemble continues to build on this tradition. The Wind Ensemble is open to all Macalester students at all levels of ability.
Students who play the following instruments are welcome to join the band: flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone, horn, trumpet, trombone, baritone/euphonium, tuba, timpani and percussion. Macalester College possesses a limited number of instruments that it can make available to interested students.
No auditions are required; however, if a player would like to play the First Part, they can arrange to audition for the director.
Registration for ensembles is taken care of by the directors of the ensembles during the first week of classes. Be aware there is some lag time between when students turn in registration information to the director and when the class appears on records.
- 1 credit per semester, but only after two consecutive semesters of enrollment.
- Study abroad does not count as an interruption.
- Credits for ensembles do not count towards the College's 18-credit limit.
- Ensemble credits count towards the Fine Arts requirement, but only if the student has registered for four semesters of the same ensemble.
Because of Labor Day weekend class cancellations, there will be a special first rehearsal TUESDAY Sept. 8, 2015 from 7:00-8:30 p.m. in M116 (Crawford Hall) for those who are able to attend. Students who have schedule conflicts with Tuesday's optional rehearsal should attend the regular rehearsal on Monday, Sept. 14. Please email Dr. Shelley Hanson at firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan to participate but can't make the Tuesday rehearsal, or have other questions. Bring your instruments.
There will be one major performance per semester, with various smaller performances as the opportunities arise.
Shelley Hanson, Director