The Belmont Academy Youth Wind Ensemble (BAYWE) provides an ongoing intensive musical opportunity for high school musicians throughout middle Tennessee. BAYWE 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 BAYWE 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
BAYWE 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 BAYWE 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 Belmont Academy Youth Wind Ensemble meets on Sunday afternoons in room 303 of Belmont Heights on the Belmont campus from 1:00-3:00 pm. Dress rehearsals and performances will take place in McAfee Concert Hall.
Rehearsals: October 22, 29. November 5, 12, 19. December 3.
Concert: December 10, 3:00pm McAfee Hall
Rehearsals: January 14, 21, 28. February 4,11,18,25. March 17, 24. April 7, 14, 21, 28.
Concert: May 5, 3:00pm, McAfee Hall
In-person auditions will take place in Room 303 of the Belmont Heights Building (next to McAfee Concert Hall) on October 1 from 1:00-4:00pm.
If you are unable to attend live auditions, you may submit a video. Record yourself playing and make sure to frame your upper body, instrument, and hands facing the camera. Introduce yourself and proceed to play. Upload the video to YouTube and set it as ‘unlisted’ and provide the link in the registration form.
- AUDITION REQUIREMENTS
- Wind Instruments
- Two scales of your choice
- Chromatic scale full range that you can play
- A section of a technical etude (1 minute or less)
- A section of a lyrical etude (1 minute or less)
- A section of an etude or solo on snare drum (1 minute or less)
- A section of an etude or solo on a mallet instrument (1 minute or less)
- Wind Instruments
Tuition is $200.00. Funding from tuition fees provides instruction, music, t-shirts, and technical support for rehearsals, performances, and special projects.
Greg Snyder, Conductor
Barry Kraus, Belmont University Director of Bands/School of Music Liaison
Carrie Kimbrough, Administrative Coordinator/Director of the Belmont Academy