The UMM Symphonic Winds, under the direction of Simon Tillier, is the principal large instrumental ensemble for wind, brass and percussion players at Morris. With a reputation for performing to the highest standards, this auditioned group is made up of some fifty music and non-music majors from throughout the campus and local community. Concerts feature an exciting variety of works from all musical periods, cultures and styles, emphasizing core and contemporary repertoire, as well as new pieces by emerging composers.
The Morris Symphonic Winds frequently collaborates with faculty soloists, guest artists and composers. In 2014 the ensemble welcomed UK saxophonist Andy Scott as part of Morris’s Adolphe Sax Bi-Centenary Celebrations, and in 2015 hosted New Zealand born composer, Christopher Marshall, as part of Axioma 330, a festival celebrating the 330th Anniversary of J. S. Bach’s birth.
In 2016 the ensemble will join the East Central Minnesota Chorale, Unum Vox and local area high school choirs to perform of Karl Jenkins’ iconic The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace at the Hardy Performing Arts Center in Cambridge, Minnesota.
Symphonic Winds regularly tours regionally, nationally and internationally. In 2015 it travelled to the United Kingdom to give concerts in Manchester, Bristol and London as part of a Morris Study Abroad Program.
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