Nashville Youth Wind Ensemble


The Nashville Youth Wind Ensemble (NYWE), part of the Belmont Academy, 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, to 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

Membership Requirements

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 the 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 own instrument or secure use of an instrument through their school band program. Percussion instruments will be provided; however, percussionists must own their own sticks and mallets.


The Nashville Youth Wind Ensemble rehearses each 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.


Sunday, January 8
Sunday, January 15
Sunday, January 22
Sunday, January 29
Sunday, February 5
Sunday, February 12
Sunday, February 19 – DRESS REHEARSAL
Sunday, February 26 – Concert One
3:00 PM McAfee Hall (Report time 2:00 PM)

Sunday, March 5
Sunday, March 12
Sunday, March 26
Sunday, April 2
Sunday, April 9
Tuesday, April 18 – Concert Two
7:30 PM McAfee Hall (Report time 6:30 PM)

Audition Information

  • 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 if you are preparing for the audition.
    • In addition, please plan to play a two-octave F chromatic scale.
  • Percussion:
    • 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

Live auditions are completed for Spring 2017. Students may audition via video (see below) through December 31.

Video Auditions
  • 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 by November 20th at 5pm.

All students must register online for either a live or video audition by November 18 by clicking here.

Audition results will be communicated to students via email within two days of the audition date.

Contact Information

Greg Snyder, Conductor

Barry Kraus, Associate Conductor

Carrie Kimbrough, Director of the Belmont Academy