AMEA 2019 Performing Groups

Meet the Alabama School of Fine Arts Music Department…..talented instrumentalists grades seven through twelve enrolled in a unique curriculum of academics, music instruction and performance. During the past fifty years these dynamic ensembles have given hundreds of performances for thousands in audiences throughout the United States. The ensembles have appeared at the Alabama State Legislature, Alabama State Council on the Arts, the United States Capital in Washington, D.C., New York City, Florida, Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, Imagination Celebration, to name a few. Each ensemble has successfully competed in national and state-wide festivals and competitions where they’ve consistently achieved superior ratings and special recognition. The ensembles are in constant demand for their polished and professional approach to performance and have been recognized for their varied concert repertoire of Renaissance through Twentieth Century standards, jazz standards, light classics and spirituals. Members of these ensembles have been awarded grants for summer study at Interlochen, Eastern Music Festival, Brevard, Sewanee, Rocky Ridge Music Center, and the Kennedy Center/National Symphony Orchestra Summer Music Institute. Alumni have distinguished themselves with scholarships to such prestigious institutions as the Juilliard School, Cincinnati College-Conservatory, Boston University, Oberlin, Yale, Harvard and Berklee.

The Alabama Winds, an all-adult community band based in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, was organized in the summer of 2013 and is comprised primarily of practicing music educators residing throughout the state of Alabama. Members travel from as far as Huntsville, Auburn and Enterprise to our rehearsals, based at Thompson High School in Alabaster, Alabama. Alabama Winds rehearses for three hours each month and performs two major concerts each year, one in December and one in May. The mission of the Alabama Winds is to foster and promote the appreciation of high- quality wind band music through performances of artistic merit for our audience, the residents of the state of Alabama and the members of the ensemble. Community outreach is very important to Alabama Winds, and the ensemble provides scholarships for middle and high school students to attend summer music camps, and provides a $500.00 scholarship to a high school senior planning to pursue a career in music education. The ensemble also provides a performance opportunity

at its December concert for beginning band students to play alongside the members of Alabama Winds during the concert. The Alabama Winds has performed invitational performances at the 2015 Alabama Music Educators’ Association Inservice Conference, the 2016 Alabama Honor Band Festival, and at the 2017 Midwest International Band and Orchestra Conference in Chicago, Illinois.

The official youth orchestra of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, the Alabama Symphony Youth Orchestra is an ensemble dedicated to nurturing talent, building community, and empowering young lives in the state of Alabama. The group consists of 70 of the brightest young musicians from throughout the state of Alabama.

The Auburn University Jazz Ensemble is one of the new exciting sounds of Auburn University. The 19 member group is selected from the entire student body, and includes students from many different majors. The group features the best in big band Jazz, with contemporary compositions from artists such as Gordon Goodwin, Lyle Mayes, Maria Schneider, Bob Mintzer and Tom Kubis, as well as music from the libraries of Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Wood Herman, Stan Kenton and Buddy Rich and original compositions. The band performs on campus and throughout the region. The Auburn University Jazz Ensemble is directed by Dr. Michael Pendowski.


October/November 2018

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