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.

COVID Protocol: All students will wear a mask during rehearsal. The mask must be fashioned to wear while playing the instrument. Students must also place a cover over the bell of the instrument. While vaccination is not required for participation, vaccination is strongly encouraged.

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.



The Nashville 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. The season will begin on January 9 and end on May 1, 2022.


Rehearsals: January 9, 16, 23, 30 & February 6, 13, 20

Dress Rehearsal: February 20 in McAfee Hall

Concert: February 27 with Belmont Concert Band


Rehearsals: March 6, 20, 27 & April 3, 10

Dress Rehearsal: April 24 in McAfee Hall

Concert: May 1


Audition Information

Video Auditions

Auditions will be conducted through video submission. Review the auditions requirements below. 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.’ Click here to visit the form, provide your information, and submit your video link. Auditions must be received by December 15, 2021.

      • 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)
      • Percussion
        • Two rudiments
        • 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)


Tuition for the Spring 2022 season is $100. Funding from tuition fees provides instruction, music, t-shirts, and technical support for rehearsals, performances, and special projects.

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