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Join us from Sunday, June 24, to Saturday, June 30, 2018
Each summer, 54 gifted woodwind, brass and percussion players are invited to Wind Ensemble Institute, a summer performance experience for high school students.
During this week-long program, you'll live on campus and focus on chamber music and symphonic wind ensemble performance.
You'll work with Director of Bands Eric L. Hinton, Ph.D., HonFBC, as well as other distinguished Susquehanna faculty members.
Wind Ensemble Institute is open to high school students entering grades 9-12 in the fall of 2018. Selection is competitive.
Students may audition on one of the instruments:
• Percussion (must audition on two of the following: timpani, snare drum or mallet percussion)
Download the Letter for Students
The cost to attend is $710 if application and audition recording are postmarked after Jan. 1.
• Housing in a modern residence hall setting
• Breakfast, lunch and dinner in the university's cafeteria
• Educational materials such as books and software
A limited number of scholarships are available.
Your days will be filled with symphonic wind ensemble and chamber music rehearsals, private lessons, seminars and unforgettable performances.
Along with professional training and performing experience, you'll also take a trip to Knoebels Amusement Resort, have a game night, enjoy a pool party and more.
How To Record Your Video Audition
Please read and follow these instructions carefully!
1. At the beginning of your audition, say the following: "My name is ___________________________. I go to _____________________ High School in (City)________________, (State)__________. I play the (instrument)_________________.
2. Perform the scales in the order they are listed and as close to the metronome markings as possible. End with the chromatic scale if required. Announce each scale before you play it. For example, you would say, "G major scale." Then you would play the G major scale.
3. Following the scales, play the excerpt or piece for your instrument in the order that they appear. Try to observe metronome markings as best you can. Announce each excerpt before you play it. Simply say "Excerpt 1" for the first excerpt and "Excerpt 2" for the second excerpt if there is a second excerpt.
4. Listen to your completed recordings before submitting them. Incomplete auditions will be disqualified!
Play each scale starting on the written pitch (not concert pitch). Tongue up the scale and slur down the scale as the example shows. Use the rhythm shown unless you have been working on extended scales with your director or private teacher. Refer to the scale page link for rhythm, tempo marking and scales required for each instrument.
Play as triplets. Tongue up the scale and slur down the scale as the example shows. Use the rhythm shown. Refer to the scale page link for rhythm, range and tempo marking required for each instrument.
"I can't recommend this Institute enough. Dr. Eric Hinton has arranged the perfect camp for young musicians who aspire to learn and improve, but also want to have fun. The faculty is absolutely outstanding as both performers and educators. Hands down the best musical experience of my life so far."
"I have gained experiences and friends that will last forever in my life. The influence from the prestige of this music program can only progress with future years to come!"
"The Institute was a wonderful experience. Not only did I learn many musical skills, I also had a fun time and made a lot of friends. It was a very friendly atmosphere and by the end of the week all of the students seemed like family. I am very happy I chose to go to the Institute and I am excited to go next summer as well."
"It was easily the highlight of my summer: it's a chance to play great music with a crowd of other talented musicians from all over. Plus, it's just so much fun."
"The experience was so awesome. It was like we were all just one big, loving family! It was a small group, so I felt like I really mattered in the band and that every part was important! The experience enabled me to make new friends and memories that will last a lifetime!"