UAA Wind Ensemble
The University Wind Ensemble is conducted by Professor Mark Wolbers. Under his leadership the ensemble regularly presents outstanding performances of some of the best repertoire for wind band.
As cultural ambassadors of UAA, the Wind Ensemble annually engages in a Fall Tour of performances throughout Anchorage and the Kenai Peninsula. In the spring, the Wind Ensemble participates in the annual Symphony of Sounds scholarship concerts, and presents performances in Mat-Su, Anchorage, and at UAA and MCC Commencement.
The Wind Ensemble, recognized for its innovative programming, has presented numerous national artists and UAA faculty as soloists and guest conductors. Of a past concert, the Anchorage Daily News review stated that the ensemble performed "with great energy and commendable precision." In the fall of 2012, the Wind Ensemble collaborated with the Anchorage Concert Chorus and University Singers in a tour culminating in a performance in Atwood Concert Hall.
UAA students pursuing degrees in music make up the core of the ensemble.The remaining chairs are awarded through auditions to talented university students who are not music majors, along with community and high school musicians who wish to explore new musical experiences. All performers are registered for upper-division credit at UAA.Non-music majors enroll for one credit.
The University Wind Ensemble rehearses on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the UAA Wendy Williamson Auditorium from 4:00 – 5:45 PM.
Auditions each semester are held on the Sunday afternoon preceding the first week of classes.
Links to Additional Performances
American Salute by Morton Gould:
Black Dog by Scott McAllister: