The Emory Wind Ensemble, led by Emory Director of Wind Studies Dr. Paul Bhasin, is a nationally recognized organization dedicated to performing wind literature of the highest caliber while nurturing individual artistic excellence within an ensemble setting. Membership is determined by audition each Fall. Concert programming comprises a wide variety of styles, forms, and genres from several centuries of compositional practice, designed to provide comprehensive exposure to the masterpieces for winds and percussion from the Renaissance period through the modern era. A flexible instrumentation is employed with predominantly one player per part, giving students the opportunity to experience the excitement and nimbleness of true wind ensemble performance practice.
The Wind Ensemble performs two concerts each semester, regularly participates in world premieres of new music, tours the United States and abroad, and is a national leader in the commissioning of new music, including works by Warren Benson, Steven Bryant, Stephen Paulus, Bruce Broughton, Jennifer Higdon, Libby Larsen, John Mackey, David Maslanka, Jonathan Newman, Joseph Schwantner, and many others. In 2017, the ensemble was showcased by the College Band Director’s National Association among its peer institutions with a citation for musical excellence at the “Small Band Showcase,” presented at the Association’s National Conference in Kansas City.
The Emory Wind Ensemble’s recent collaborations include performances with the Emory University Chorus, the Emory Dance Company, Emory’s Mary Emerson Professor of Piano William Ransom, Chris Martin, Principal Trumpet of the New York Philharmonic, Stuart Stephenson, Principal Trumpet of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Joe Alessi, Principal Trombone of the New York Philharmonic, Adam Frey, international Euphonium solo artist, and Grammy Award-winning solo Clarinetist Richard Stoltzman, among many others.
The Emory Wind Ensemble has performed concert tours of Munich, Salzburg, Innsbruck, Lucerne, Graz, Prague, Vienna, and Greece. Additionally, the Wind Ensemble has performed at the Georgia Music Educators Association (GMEA) State Convention in Savannah, Georgia, on live NBA the Southern Division College Band Directors National Association Conference (CBDNA), and for various events on the Emory campus, including the inauguration of James Wagner as President of Emory University. Most recently, a brass ensemble made up of Wind Ensemble members performed live during a national broadcast by the National Basketball Association (NBA). The EWE is recorded on the NAXOS music label.