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University Wind Ensemble

Matthew Sadowski, conductor

Fall 2019

Music 142  |  Class #: 22900  |  Units: 2
Location: 3 Chavez Center (BRH Band Rehearsal Hall)
Rehearsal Schedule: Mon 4-6 PM, Wed 1-3 PM
Members: Excused Absence Request Form

Fall 2019 Auditions: August 21-30

Auditions for Fall 2019 have formally closed — we are, however, still accepting late auditions on bassoon, string bass, and percussion. Please contact the instructor for further information!

Audition Information & Playing Requirements [PDF]

Frequently Asked Questions [PDF]

Description and History

The UC Berkeley Wind Ensemble is offered for the study and practice of traditional and contemporary wind band repertoire. The Wind Ensemble’s long history at Cal dates back to before the 1930s, when the group was directed by Charles Cushing. In 1950, James Berdahl assumed the directorship and remained until the late 1970s. The Wind Ensemble’s activities were revived when Robert Calonico took over as Director of Bands in 1995. The Wind Ensemble performs regularly on campus and beyond, including at least once per semester in Hertz Hall.

Wind Ensemble I meets every fall and spring semester. Membership is attained by audition only. Spring auditions may be waived for those who are admitted in the fall. WE I performs at least two evening and/or weekend concerts in Hertz Hall each semester, as well as one noon concert. WE I members may enroll in WE II on a secondary instrument with instructor approval. Students who audition for WE I but are not accepted are encouraged to enroll in WE II.

Wind Ensemble II meets only during each spring semester. While membership is open to all, an audition is still required for part assignments. You may audition for Wind Ensemble I & II simultaneously. WE II performs at least two evening and/or weekend concerts in Hertz Hall.

Participation & Enrollment Information

Admission to the UCBWE is by audition only. Admission is open to everyone – UC Berkeley students, alumni, faculty, staff, affiliates, and unaffiliated community members alike. Current students who are admitted are expected to enroll in Music 142: University Wind Ensemble for credit; exceptions will be reviewed on an individual basis. Regular attendance at weekly rehearsals and participation in all public performances is required. Auditions take place at the beginning of each fall and spring semester.

Audition information for all performance opportunities in the Music Department.

Upcoming Performances

Wednesday, October 9, 2019  |  12:00 PM  |  Hertz Hall  |  UCB Noon Concert Series  |  Event Detail

Friday, October 11, 2019  |  8:00 PM  |  Hertz Hall  |  Event Detail

Friday, December 6, 2019  |  8:00 PM  |  Hertz Hall  |  Event Detail

UCB Music Department Events Calendar

Past Performances

Concert Program Archive