Winds of Wisconsin is one of 160 precollege programs presented by the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Division of Continuing Studies. The intensive program consists of five rehearsals on Sunday evenings in both the fall and the spring with a concert in November and another in March to share the incredible musical learning that takes place in such a short time. The ensemble is conducted by Scott Teeple, UW-Madison Professor of Music and Director of Wind Ensemble at the Mead Witter School of Music, a talented and passionate leader whose approach to teaching is not just about developing the next generation of musicians, but developing our youth to be engaged citizens and lifelong learners. In addition to working with Professor Teeple, students have a chance to hone their skills and fine-tune the ensemble repertoire through sectionals and group instrument classes led by other qualified area instructors, many also from the Mead Witter School of Music faculty.
Winds of Wisconsin is designed to enhance – not replace – the importance and continuity of a school-based band program, and therefore, students must be participating in a school-based program and must be recommended by a music teacher in order to be invited to audition.
Rehearsals and concerts take place at UW-Madison’s Mead Witter School of Music in the Mosse Humanities building. Thank you to the School of Music for its partnership in providing essential components to the program including rehearsal and performance space, equipment and percussion instruments, and access to the music library.