The West Chester University Wind Ensemble is select group of some 50 musicians that performs masterworks of the wind repertoire and is active in the commissioning and performance of new works by contemporary composers. The group maintains a busy schedule of performances on and off campus including recent conference performances at the College Band Directors National Association’s Eastern Division Conference and the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association’s State In-Service Conference.
Recent guest artists have included Donald Hunsberger, Frank Battisti, William Berz, Eric Ewazen, John Mackey, Eric Aubier and Alan Vizutti.
Over the past several years, the West Chester University Wind Ensemble has actively pursued the commissioning of new music for wind band. Recent commissions include Rob Maggio’s Glass Ceiling, Joseph Turrin’s Concertino for 11 Instruments and Wind Ensemble, and as part of consortium’s that have sponsored Steven Bryant’s Concerto for Wind Ensemble and Kevin Walczyk’s Scion concerto for clarinet and wind ensemble.
The West Chester Wind Ensemble’s annual recording project has produced three commercially available CD’s. Shadowcatcher, on the MSR label, as well as Rites and Borrowed Inspirations on the Mark recording label are available for purchase at most traditional and online retail outlets as well as iTunes.
Click to listen to streaming tracks from these recordings:
Borrowed Inspirations (2012)
Through the Looking Glass, Jess Langston Turner
Flourishes and Meditations on a Renaissance Theme, Michael Gandolfi
Sketches on a Tudor Psalm, Fisher Tull
Children’s Overture, Eugene Bozza
Rest, Frank Ticheli
Rites, West Chester University Wind Ensemble (2011)
Scarecrow Overture, Joseph Turrin
Rites, Op. 79, I. Pour saluer l’aurore, Jean Absil
Rites, Op. 79, II. Pour conjurer les esprits, Jean Absil
Rites, Op. 79, III. Pour feter le soleil, Jean Absil
Elegy for a Young American, Ronald Lo Presti
Live Audio Recordings from Recent Performances
December 8, 2013, Madeleine Wing Adler Theater
David Maslanka, Symphony No. 7 – I. Moderate
David Maslanka, Symphony No. 7 – II. Slow
David Maslanka, Symphony No. 7 – III. Very Fast
David Maslanka, Symphony No. 7 – IV. Moderately Slow
2010 Pennsylvania Educators Association State Conference
Prelude, Op. 40, No. 14_Frenergy (Shostakovich/Reynolds, Estacio)
Scenes from the Louvre (Dello Joio)