Morris Symphonic Winds
Expanding Horizons—Performing Great Music
"Symphonic Winds was a place where I could refocus, socialize and feel accomplished. Due to my experiences in the ensemble I will continue performing music throughout my life, while pursuing my dreams."—Brittney Ferrian ’17
Morris Symphonic Winds is the principal large instrumental ensemble for wind, brass and percussion players at Morris. Under its conductor, Simon Tillier, this auditioned group is made up of some 50 music and non-music majors from throughout the campus. Concerts feature a wide variety of works from all musical periods, cultures and styles, emphasizing core and contemporary repertoire, as well as new pieces by emerging composers.
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 February 2017 they also gave the first performance of Marshall's "Burning Blue" for solo electric guitar and chamber ensemble with Michael Nicolella as soloist. In 2016 the ensemble joined with the East Central Minnesota Chorale, Unum Vox and local area high school choirs to perform of Karl Jenkins' 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 traveled to the United Kingdom to give concerts in Manchester, Bristol, and London as part of a Morris Study Abroad Program, and in May 2018 traveled to the state of Alaska as part of a 10-day tour.
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