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.

Nelhybel: Symphonic Movement (Bratislava Performance)

NDSU Wind Symphony Audition Information Fall 2021

Auditions for the Wind Symphony for the fall semester will take place on Thursday and Friday, August 26 & 27. Students interested in playing in the Wind Symphony should sign up for an audition time for their respective instrument. You may sign up by going to 2021 Fall Auditions, click on the tab for your instrument and enter your name and instrument for your selected time.

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 or need special accommodations, 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 27, Rehearsals begin on Wednesday, September 1, at 12:15 pm. Wind Symphony rehearses Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 12:15-1:50 pm.

Highlights of this fall include a performance with the Boston Brass in October and a residency with composer James Stephenson in December. The Wind Symphony will also perform at the North Dakota Music Educators Association conference in Bismarck in March and plans are being made for a tour in October.

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

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

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