The Xavier University Symphonic Wind Ensemble is an auditioned ensemble dedicated to the excellent performance of quality traditional and contemporary literature, including original works for wind band as well as outstanding orchestral transcriptions. This is the premier wind ensemble at Xavier University. In rehearsal and performance, the aesthetic aspect of the music is stressed and special emphasis is placed on musical style. The group maintains an active performance schedule in the Cincinnati area, but the Symphonic Wind Ensemble also represent the Department of Music throughout Ohio and the surrounding states.

Fall 2017 Audition Information
Symphonic Wind Ensemble (MUSC 265)
MWF – 3:00-4:15 p.m.
Edgecliff Hall 205

The Ensemble
The Xavier University Symphonic Wind Ensemble is a select ensemble open to all students in all programs of study through competitive audition. The ensemble performs two concerts each semester, presenting challenging and celebrated wind repertory. In years past, the group has toured nationally and internationally, serving as artistic ambassadors for Xavier. Planning is currently underway for a 2019 Ireland tour.

Audition Information
On Monday (8/21) and Wednesday (8/23) of the first week of classes, the Symphonic Wind Ensemble will hold rehearsals for all new and returning students. These open rehearsals are an opportunity for students to meet new colleagues and for faculty to determine appropriate repertoire for the semester. Auditions for brass and woodwinds will be held on 8/24 and 8/25 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the band room. Auditions for percussion will take place on 8/25 from 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Students should sign up for an audition slot in 104 by Thursday, August 24.

Auditions will include the following:

  1. One musical excerpt selected by the student. Excerpts should be no more than 1 minute and should represent your best playing. All-State audition excerpts or similar are acceptable.
  2. Two musical excerpts selected by faculty. Please find music for your instrument through the links provided.
  3. Scales as selected by faculty in the audition. Two-octave major scales and full-range chromatic scale preferred.
  4. A short sight-reading excerpt.


Audition results for the Symphonic Wind Ensemble will be posted over the weekend and the select ensemble will begin rehearsals on Monday, August 28th.


Membership is open to all university students; the ensemble represents virtually every department across campus.

Items of Note
  • Wind Ensemble toured Europe (Munich, Salzburg, Vienna, Prague) during the Summer of 2014


Schedule: MWF 3:00-4:15pm

Contact the Director

Dr. Benjamin Chamberlain

Assistant Professor, Director of Instrumental Activities, Music Department

  • (513) 745-3865