Hobart and William Smith Colleges have expand their collaboration with the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y., with the formation of a wind ensemble open to students, faculty and staff at the Colleges, and members of the surrounding community.
Like the Colleges Community Chorus, the Colleges Community Wind Ensemble will be led each year by a new director from the Eastman School, with the first director – Kevin Holzman, an Eastman doctoral candidate, taking the helm this fall.
“The experience for me, a doctoral conducting candidate at Eastman School of Music, in establishing and growing a new wind ensemble at a neighboring Upstate NY school is extraordinary and invaluable to my professional growth,” says Holzman. “Similarly, a large ensemble on any college campus is a fantastic way to build community, and expose musicians and non-musicians alike to a repertoire of incredible music. I am very much looking forward to working with the students, faculty, and other community members in this endeavor.”
“The Department of Music has enjoyed a relationship with Eastman since 2000, when we established an agreement to have rotating doctoral fellows in choral conducting direct the Colleges Community Chorus,” says Professor of Music Bob Cowles. “Since 2000, Community Chorus has enjoyed the leadership of 10 different young and talented Eastman conductors. This initiative has been such a success that we approached Eastman again to reach a new agreement of rotational instrumental conducting students to coincide with the launching of the Colleges Community Wind Ensemble.”
The wind ensemble — commonly known as a concert band — will offer “excellent opportunities for these Eastman conducting students to gain valuable experience; by the same token, the high standards brought forward by these aspiring Eastman professionals will continue to foster a thriving culture of music making, which has benefited our students and community members alike,” Cowles says.
Featuring woodwinds, brass and percussion, the newly formed ensemble welcomes talented musicians in the HWS and local communities interested in performing in this exciting new group. While many student members have an academic major other than music, and many community members have careers outside of music, each member will undergo a competitive audition for placement in the ensemble.
Works will range from chamber to symphonic, with students and community members collaborating in rehearsals and concerts as well as outreach projects and performances, and charitable endeavors that spread the gift of music and music making.
This new program is possible due to the growth in the HWS Music Department and the new Gearan Center for the Performing Arts, which can accommodate a large concert band’s rehearsals and performances.
Rehearsals will begin the first week of the fall semester.
For more information, contact Community Wind Ensemble director Kevin Holzman at firstname.lastname@example.org.