The Nashville Youth Wind Ensemble (NYWE) provides an ongoing intensive musical opportunity for high school musicians throughout middle Tennessee. NYWE is designed to be an enhancing and enriching experience, providing deeper study of wind band literature and supplementing high school band curriculum. The mission of NYWE is to positively augment instrumental music education, improve student skills as players and musicians, and to bring together students from diverse musical backgrounds to perform quality wind literature.
Faculty and Staff
- Conductor – Greg Snyder
- Associate Conductor – Barry Kraus
- Administrative Coordinator/Director of Belmont Academy – Carrie Kimbrough
- Flute – Carolyn Treybig
- Oboe – Grace Woodworth
- Clarinet – Dan Lochrie
- Bassoon – Dong Yun Shankle
- Saxophone – Alex Graham
- Trumpet – Joel Treybig
- Horn – Radu Rusu
- Trombone – Jeffery Phillips
- Euphonium/Tuba – James Land
- Percussion – Christopher Norton
NYWE is for high school musicians currently in grades nine through twelve who play flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone, horn, trumpet, trombone, euphonium, tuba, string, bass, and percussion. Advanced eighth grade students may be considered based upon teacher recommendation. Each member of NYWE is required to be a member of his/her local school band or orchestra if these ensembles exist; however, students who are unable to participate in their school band program may be considered under special circumstances. It is recommended (not required) that students have significant performing experience, are leaders in their band program, have studied privately, and have accumulated additional experience through mid-state or all-state selection. Woodwind and brass students must own their instrument or secure use of an instrument through their school band program. Percussion instruments will be provided; however, percussionists must own their sticks and mallets.
The Nashville Youth Wind Ensemble rehearses on Sunday from 2:00-4:00 p.m. at Belmont University and performs two joint concerts with the Belmont University Bands. Additional performances may take place off campus during the regular season. Attendance is required at all rehearsals and performances.
October 15 Auditions 1:00-6:00 PM (Belmont Heights 303)
October 29 Rehearsal 2:00-4:00 PM
November 5 Rehearsal 2:00-4:00 PM
November 12 Rehearsal 2:00-4:00 PM
November 19 Rehearsal 2:00-4:00 PM
November 26 Dress rehearsal 2:00-4:00 PM (McAfee Concert Hall)
Thursday, November 30 Concert 7:30 PM (McAfee Concert Hall, 6:00 PM arrival)
December 3 Rehearsal 2:00-4:00 PM
December 10 Rehearsal 2:00-4:00 PM
January 7 Rehearsal 2:00-4:00 PM
January 14 Rehearsal 2:00-4:00 PM
January 21 Rehearsal 2:00-4:00 PM
January 28 Rehearsal 2:00-4:00 PM
February 4 Rehearsal 2:00-4:00 PM
February 11 Rehearsal 2:00-4:00 PM
February 18 Dress rehearsal 1:00-2:30 PM (McAfee Concert Hall)
February 25 Concert 3:00 PM (McAfee Concert Hall, 1:30 PM arrival)
March 4 Rehearsal 2:00-4:00 PM
March 11 Rehearsal 2:00-4:00 PM
March 18 Rehearsal 2:00-4:00 PM
March 25 Rehearsal 2:00-4:00 PM
April 8 Rehearsal 2:00-4:00 PM
April 15 Rehearsal 2:00-4:00 PM
Wednesday, April 18 Concert 7:30 PM (McAfee Concert Hall, 6:00 PM arrival)
- Woodwinds and Brass:
- Prepare approximately two minutes each of two solos or etudes that demonstrate your technical and lyrical ability. NO ACCOMPANIST is required, and music does NOT need to be memorized. You may use mid-state audition excerpts.
- In addition, please plan to play a two-octave F chromatic scale.
- Please prepare two minutes each of a solo or etude on snare drum, marimba (2 or 4 mallets), and timpani.
- You may play mid-state audition excerpts if you are preparing for the audition. Instruments will be provided.
Auditions will take place either in person (preferred) or via video submission (if unable to attend live auditions). All students must register for the audition online.
Live auditions will take place on Sunday, October 15 from 1:00-6:00 PM in room 303 of Belmont Heights Academic Building
(2100 Belmont Blvd).
- Record a video of the material requested above. The student should face the camera so that the face, instrument, and hands are visible on the video. The student should introduce herself/himself and announce each selection played.
- Upload the video to Youtube and change the setting to ‘unlisted’ (allowing only those with the link to view it). The title of the video should be your first name, last name, and instrument.
- Email the video link to email@example.com by October 15th at 5pm.
All students must register online for either a live or video audition by October 13th by clicking here.
Audition results will be communicated to students via email within two days of the audition date.
Greg Snyder, Conductor
Barry Kraus, Associate Conductor
Carrie Kimbrough, Director of the Belmont Academy