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 2020

Auditions for the Wind Symphony for the fall semester will take place on Thursday and Friday, August 27 & 28. Students interested in playing in the Wind Symphony should sign up for an audition time for their respective instrument. You may go to 2020 Fall Auditions for an audition time. Be sure you sign up for the correct instrument.

Because of the Covid-19 crisis that we find ourselves in, both auditions and rehearsals will be handled in slightly different ways. Students may audition in person (this is preferred if possible) or by Zoom, using your sign-up time as the online audition time. The rehearsal process will be explained in full at the first rehearsal.

If you are new to the wind symphony this fall, please send an email to Dr. Olfert (warren.olfert@ndsu.edu) 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.Also—if you plan to audition online using Zoom, you must contact the faculty member in question to be sure that an online audition is arranged.

Once auditions are completed, we will try to post the personnel lists by late Friday, August 28. Rehearsals begin on Monday, August 31 at 12:00 PM. Please note the new schedule that we will be using for rehearsals for all days (Monday/Wednesday/Friday).

  • 12:00 - 12:40 p.m. Rehearsal
  • 12:40 - 1:00 p.m. Break
  • 1:00 - 1:40 p.m. Rehearsal
  • 1:40 - 2:00 p.m. Break

If you have any questions, contact Dr. Olfert either at 701-231-7266 or at warren.olfert@ndsu.edu.

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