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UC Berkeley Wind Ensemble

Matthew Sadowski, conductor

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Spring 2021

Wind Ensemble

Music 142—STD 001  |  Class # 23192  |  Units: 2
Meets: Mon/Wed 4-6 PM, 3 Chavez Center (BRH – Band Rehearsal Hall)

Music 142—STD 002  |  Class # 23193  |  Units: 2
Meets: Tue/Thu 4-6 PM, 3 Chavez Center (BRH – Band Rehearsal Hall)

Note: In a typical spring semester, each of the above sections would meet, rehearse and perform as separate ensembles (Wind Ensemble I and Wind Ensemble II). For Spring 2021, players from both sections will be pooled to create one large, digital ensemble and/or individually assigned to chamber or other ‘ad hoc’ ensembles. See the FAQ for more details.

Current and Prospective Members:

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Auditions for the UCBWE take place at the beginning of each fall and spring semester. Be sure to join the Informational Mailing List for audition-related announcements.

Spring 2021 Auditions Playing Requirements Frequently Asked Questions

Description and History

UBE performing in 2018

The UC Berkeley Wind Ensemble is offered for the performance and study of contemporary and traditional wind band repertoire. The UCBWE’s long history at Cal dates back to before the 1930s, when the group (then known as the Concert Band) was directed by Charles Cushing. In 1950, James Berdahl assumed the directorship and remained until the late 1970s. The UCBWE was revived when Robert Calonico took over as Director of Bands in 1995. The group performs regularly on campus and beyond, including at least twice 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 were 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 strongly encouraged to enroll in WE II.

Wind Ensemble II meets during spring semesters only. 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 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

Due to COVID-19, public performances have been suspended until further notice. We look forward to resuming them when health guidelines allow.

In the meantime, we are exploring possible digital performance options and formats. Check back here occasionally for updates.

UCB Music Department Events Calendar

Past Performances