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Chamber Winds
  • The Chamber Winds, created in 2004 by conductor Barry E. Kopetz, is comprised of musicians taken from the Symphonic Winds each semester. These delightful pieces are derived from the various masterworks from all styles and periods, and are for mixed instrumentation ranging in numbers of five to fifteen musicians. The history of music for the wind band had its beginnings in the “bands” of earlier periods, and often there were no more than six to eight musicians in such ensembles.

    The composers of this genre include such luminaries as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig Van Beethoven, Franz Joseph Haydn, Charles Gounod, Franz Krommer, Felix Mendelssohn, Antonín Dvorák, Richard Strauss, Francis Poulenc, and Igor Stravinsky. These fine composers, as well as many others, found inspiration in composing for small groups of wind instruments. Included in their lists of compositions are numerous wind serenades, wind divertimenti, partitas, octets and symphonies. While the literature is rich in quality, these wonderful pieces can only be performed by the performers of the instruments for which they were created, the chamber winds!

    Conservatory students are regularly placed within chamber ensembles for the purpose of performing this literature, and to provide advanced musical experiences. Many schools delay exposure to these pieces until the graduate level. At Capital, our musicians begin on this exceptional repertory almost immediately upon arrival on campus.