Minnesota State University Moorhead's Department of Music has an award winning Wind Ensemble. Students attending MSU Moorhead can enroll in the Bachelor of Music Performance degree program and study with a concentration in wind instrument. For information concerning the Wind Ensemble or the Bachelor of Music Performance studies at MSU Moorhead, please feel free to contact the Music Office at 218.477.2101.
The MSU Moorhead Wind Ensemble consists of approximately fifty-two players who are selected each year by audition. Although many members of the group major in music studies; being a music major is not a requirement for audition. For information regarding auditions for the MSU Moorhead Wind Ensemble, please feel free to contact Dr. Monte Grise at 218.477.2103.
The Wind Ensemble has appeared at the Minnesota Music Education Convention in 1980, 1983, and 1992. Tour destinations often encompass the states of North Dakota, Montana, Minnesota and Canada. The ensemble has also traveled to Chicago several times during tour in order to hear the Chicago Symphony, go to museums and to attend White Sox games. Past international tour destinations have included Nova Scotia (1984), Spain (1989, 1992, 2002, 2004) and China (1994). These international tours enable the members of the wind ensemble to see the sights, get to know other ensemble members better, play for other audiences and learn about different cultures.
The ensemble performs original wind band music from Mozart and the music of the French National Guard Band of the early 15th century to music of the 20th century. Composers such as Stravinsky, Grainger, Colgrass, Dollarhide, Holsinger and other modern day composers are emphasized.
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