Wind Symphony

Comprised of approximately 60 undergraduate and graduate students who have attained the highest level of proficiency on their instruments, the Illinois Wind Symphony is the premiere ensemble of the University of Illinois band program. Performing the finest available repertoire, the ensemble's performances include traditional wind band literature, one-per-part chamber works and premiere performances of new compositions in the ever expanding wind band genre.  The ensemble works on the flexible "pool" concept so that each work in the curriculum is staffed with the instrumentation envisioned by the composer.  The Illinois Wind Symphony performs a minimum of three concerts per semester, and is among the top ensembles in the band profession in performance standards as well as developing the future in training wind players in a variety of conducted ensemble settings. The performance range of this ensemble includes campus, state, regional, national and international events and venues. The Illinois Wind Symphony is open to music majors and non-majors by audition.

This year, the Illinois Wind Symphony performed at the national conference of the College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA) in Nashville, Tennessee in March 2015. 1991 marked the last time the University of Illinois performed at a CBDNA national convention.


MUS 268 | MUS 450 M
Wind Symphony

1:00 PM - 3:50 PM Monday & Wednesday
Room 141 Harding Band Building

*All ensembles are open to music majors and non-majors based on audition. 


•50-60 members total covering conducted repertoire from 8 to 60 members.

•Large Masterworks
•Core Chamber and Mid-Sized works
•New / Contemporary Music including premieres. 


•Performance & Music Education (primarily)
•Open to all majors by blind audition each semester
•graduate and upper level undergraduate students 

•Competitive Blind Audition 

•Band faculty, plus select graduate student conductors may conduct to complete special requirements and/or projects.

•Generally three unshared concerts per term
•Full concert length with intermission
•Often featuring a soloist of international repute

Ensemble Performance Range:            
•State, Regional, National, International

•Commercial CD Recordings, Educational DVDs, Conferences, Special Venues, Tours, Broadcasts, Special Events (campus and community), etc.
•Chamber group service to a recognized philanthropic organization 
•Artistic face of the UI Band Program and School of Music