WIND ENSEMBLE & CHAMBER MUSIC GROUPS

Wind Ensemble

 

Under the direction of Dr. Douglas Hill, the Wind Ensemble is Mercer University’s premier performing ensemble. The ensemble meets throughout the year and is comprised of the school’s top undergraduate and graduate wind and percussion performers. The Wind Symphony is dedicated to performing advanced wind band literature and regularly participates in commissioning new works.

 

The Wind Ensemble offers flexible instrumentation and player rotation in order to provide members of the ensemble with a variety of challenges, responsibilities, and playing experiences. Membership in the ensemble is open to students of all degree programs and is selected by audition.

 

At the onset of each semester, the Mercer Wind Ensemble divides into several small chamber ensembles such as brass choir, woodwind quintet, flute choir, brass quintets, mixed instrumentations and percussion ensemble. Each chamber ensemble is coached by faculty members in preparation for the “Mad About Chamber Music” concert series presented each semester. Following the “Mad About Chamber Music” concert, the full Mercer University Wind Ensemble performs 2-3 full wind band concerts. These concert programs offer students a chance to perform with outstanding soloists and guest conductors from around the world. Past concerts featured performances with guest composer, Lucidio Quintero from Venezuela, Brazilian guest conductor, Dario Sotelo, and Costa Rican conductor, Juan Battista. Recent soloists have included trumpeter James Thompson, saxophonist Miles Osland, and flutist Kelly Via.

 

For more information regarding Wind Ensemble, please contact Dr. Douglas Hill at (478) 301-2752 or hill_dm@mercer.edu.

 

Chamber Music Groups

 

The Mercer University Instrumental Music Program provides a rich and varied music experience for the college instrumentalist. Instrumental ensembles include the:

  • Flute Choir
  • Clarinet Ensemble
  • Saxophone Quartet
  • Double Reed Ensemble
  • Woodwind Quintet
  • Brass Quintet
  • Horn Quartet
  • Brass Choir
  • Percussion Ensemble
  • Bear Steel (Steel Drum Band)
  • Tuba Ensemble

 

Membership in any of these ensembles is open by audition/interview to all qualified students of the University; moreover, students receive academic credit for satisfactory participation in instrumental activities.

 

For more information regarding wind chamber ensembles,  please contact Dr. Douglas Hill at (478) 301-2752 or hill_dm@mercer.edu.

 

For more information regarding Percussion Ensemble and Steel Drum Band, please contact Dr. Marcus Reddick at (478) 301-2775 or reddick_md@mercer.edu.

 

For more information regarding Flute Choir, please contact Dr. Kelly Via at KELLYVIA@earthlink.net