Wind Symphony

The North Dakota State University Wind Symphony is the premier collegiate wind band performing group in the state of North Dakota. Students who participate experience the highest quality of music literature. Comprised of both Music Majors and Non-Majors, the members of the NDSU Wind Symphony come from a wide array of backgrounds and disciplines. Under the direction of Dr. Warren Olfert, students work tirelessly from practice room to the concert hall to create musical artistry for audiences across the Midwest and the Nation. Now they would like to bring that high level of excellence to the other side of the world.

In the Fall of 2017 on campus, the NDSU Wind Symphony had the opportunity to work with Colonel Václav Blahunek, conductor of the Prague Castle Guard and Czech Symphonic Police Band. It was through this experience, and the impression made upon Col. Blahunek, that the NDSU Wind Symphony received an invitation from The Ministry of Culture for the Czech Republic to perform with the Czech Police Symphonic Police Band in the Spanish Hall in the New Royal Palace of Prague Castle.

The NDSU Wind Symphony, led by Professor Warren Olfert, embarked on a tour of Eastern Europe, visiting and performing in Budai Vigadó (Hungarian Heritage House) in Budapest, the Slovak Radio Hall in Bratislava, and culminating with a prestigious performance in the Spanish Hall in the Prague Castle to a sold-out audience of over 600 dignitaries. The group was the first American ensemble to ever perform in the Spanish Hall. Over 65 students, faculty, chaperones, and alumni participated in this once-in-a-lifetime experience.

NDSU Wind Symphony Audition Information Fall Semester 2019

Auditions for the Wind Symphony for the fall semester will take place on Thursday and Friday, August 29 & 30. Students interested in playing in the Wind Symphony should sign up for an audition time for their respective instrument. You may go to 2019 Fall Auditions for an audition time. Be sure you sign up for the correct instrument.

If you are new to the wind symphony this fall, please send an email to Dr. Olfert ( in addition to signing up for an audition time that indicates your intention to audition. This will allow you to receive additional information regarding the coming year. If you are unable to audition during the listed time, you may make arrangements with the faculty member in question for an alternate time.

Once auditions are completed, we will try to post the personnel lists by late Friday, August 30. Rehearsals begin on Wednesday, September 4, at 12:15 pm. Wind Symphony rehearses Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 12:15-1:50 pm.

If you have any questions, contact Dr. Olfert either at 701-231-7266 or at

    Audition Details:

    We wil have auditions for the spring version of the Wind Symphony during Finals Week into the new year. You may sign up for an audition time at WS_Spring20Auditions.

    Audition materials may be picked up from the faculty member listed on the sign up sheets; we will also try to post the music online in the next few days. The first rehearsal of the Wind Symphony will be on Wednesday, January 15, from 12:15-1:50 pm. Highlights include tour in March, a performance at the NDMEA Conference, and guest composer Jim Stephenson in residency in April/May.


    Audition Music for the Wind Symphony may be downloaded at the following web addresses: