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Symphonic Chamber Winds performing on tour at Ortonville High School

The Symphonic Chamber Winds is SMSU's premiere concert ensemble for winds and percussion.  Auditioned members include music majors as well as outstanding musicians from degree programs throughout the University.  The Symphonic Chamber Winds play the highest quality literature for chamber ensembles in a variety of styles and difficulty levels.  Recently performed repertoire includes Symphony No. 1 by Beethoven (harmoniemusik by Schmitt); Wind Octet in F Major by Schubert; The Magic Flute by Mozart (harmoniemusik by Heidenreich); and Calcium Light Night by Ives.

**Auditions for the Symphonic Chamber Winds for 2024 will take place during the week of November 6, 2023.  Audition materials will be available at the office of the Director of Bands (FA 124) starting on October 16th.

2023 - 24 Event Schedule

February 29, 2024
in a concert with the SMSU/Community Concert Band
My Hometown by Hayato Hirose
Suite Francaise by Guy Woolfenden
Flor de Cafeto by Rodrigo Loman
Four Seasons of Japanese Childrens Songs by Yasuhide Ito
Carmen Suite by Georges Bizet (arr. Graham Sheen)

April 20, 2024
"Oh, the Places You'll Go"
in a concert with the SMSU/Community Concert Band
**Part of the SMSU Music Alumni Weekend**
Postcard from Sequoia by Nicole Piunno
Menlo Park by James David
Serenade No. 1 in Eb by Franz Joseph Haydn (arr. Derek Smith)

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The Symphonic Chamber Winds along with the SMSU/Community Concert Band encourages the development of new wind band literature through commissioning efforts.  Recent participation in commissioning consortia have resulted in the writing of Escape Tones by Shelley Hanson, Shenandoah by Donald Granthum, KRUMP by Scott McAllister, Three Moods for Band by Stephen Paulus, Star Crossed by Andrew Boyson, Temperance by Aaron Perrine, Escape Tones by Shelley Hanson, and Life Unto the Age by Haley Woodrow.

The bands at SMSU travel regularly.   Destinations have included:  New Orleans, Louisiana (2023); Spain (2016); Beijing & Shanghai, China (2008); London, England (2006); the Caribbean (2004); Washington D.C. (2001); and Australian (2000).   

Symphonic Chamber Winds rehearsal takes place from 3:00-4:30 pm every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday during the Spring Semester.  For more information about the SMSU Symphonic Chamber Winds, contact Dr. John Ginocchio, (507) 537-7209.

Chamber Winds percussionists performingflute section
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group photo of the Symphonic Chamber Winds

"Wind Octet" by Franz Schubert

"Symphony No. 1" by Ludwig von Beethoven

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