Performances for convocations, assemblies, and classes:

Performances with themes can feature music of Pennsylvania, music by women composers, and American music of various ethnic backgrounds (including works by African-American, Hispanic, and Native American composers). Other special topics are available to relate to particular courses. A study guide is available for elementary schools so teachers can prepare their students.

Public concerts: 

The Winds frequently collaborate with faculty performers and college choirs, in addition to the guest artists listed on their standard touring programs.

Chamber music workshops: 

The Winds can coach a variety of small groups, including both brass and wind quintets and octets; saxophone quartets, flute or clarinet choirs and double-reed quartets; and mixed chamber ensembles including piano, voice, guitar, strings, and extra winds. Similar workshops can be presented for adult amateur performers who wish to play together and be professionally coached.

Master classes:

 Classes on flute, clarinet, oboe/English horn, bassoon, and French horn.  Reed classes are offered for oboe and bassoon students.


American Music, to a history class

Classicism vs. Romanticism, to a literature or humanities class

Arts Management and Marketing, to a business class

The Physics of Music, to a physics or general science class

Reed-making and/or instrument building & repair, to a wood shop class

Style and Interpretation, to music students (both vocal and instrumental)

How to Listen to “Classical” Music (general)

College class demonstrations:

Courses in orchestration or twentieth-century techniques.

Workshop on music composition/composers’ forum:

The Winds perform much contemporary American music and can have either their resident composer or a guest composer talk about the creative element in music.

Community outreach programs to reach new audiences with chamber music: 

Past sites have included hospitals, nursing homes and senior citizen centers, local and county parks, and even a steel mill.