Nashville Youth Wind Ensemble



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
  • Belmont University Director of Bands/School of Music Liaison – Barry Kraus
  • Administrative Coordinator/Director of Belmont Academy – Carrie Kimbrough
  • Flute – Carolyn Treybig
  • Oboe – Rebecca Van de Ven
  • Clarinet – Dan Lochrie
  • Bassoon – Dong Yun Shankle
  • Saxophone – Alex Graham
  • Trumpet – Joel Treybig
  • Horn – Tara Johnson
  • Trombone – Jeffery Phillips
  • Euphonium/Tuba – Gerald Cates
  • 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 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. View the NYWE Participant Handbook.


The Nashville Youth Wind Ensemble rehearses on Sunday from 2:00-4:00 p.m. at Belmont University. Rehearsals begin in late October and the final concert is mid-April. View the Rehearsal and Concert Calendar.


Audition Information

Live Auditions

Live auditions have been completed for 2019. Auditions for 2020-2021 will be in Fall 2020.

Video Auditions

Video auditions have been completed for 2019. Auditions for 2020-2021 will be in Fall 2020.

Contact Information

Greg Snyder, Conductor

Barry Kraus, Belmont University Director of Bands/School of Music Liaison

Carrie Kimbrough, Administrative Coordinator/Director of the Belmont Academy