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About the Wind Symphony (FAQ)

1. What is the Stanford University Wind Symphony?
Under the direction of conductor, Russell Gavin, the Stanford University Wind Symphony performs a wide range of repertoire, from contemporary to traditional works. The ensemble consists of woodwind, brass, and percussion musicians.

2. How do I join the Wind Symphony? Who can join?
Please see the audition page to find out about the audition schedule . All Stanford undergraduate and graduate students are welcome to audition. Community members are welcome to audition as well.

3. How many people are in the Wind Symphony?
There is no set member number, but generally there are between 55-60 members.

4. How many concerts do you perform?
The Wind Symphony usually performs 3-4 regular concerts each year, one concert per academic quarter. We also perform a joint concert with the Stanford Symphony Orchestra on Halloween.

5. When are rehearsals?
Regular rehearsals are Tuesdays from 7:00-9:30 pm (tutti) and Thursdays from 4:30-6:20 pm (sectionals) in the Bing Concert Hall on the Stanford campus.

6. Do I have to sign up for the class?
Signing up is not mandatory, but encouraged. Students can register in Axess for “Music 161A: Stanford Wind Symphony”, a 1-unit course, or, upon conductor approval, “Music 161AZ” for zero units.

7. How often does the group go on tour?
Typically, every 3 years – a 2-week tour in the summer, following the end of spring quarter. In the past the Wind Symphony has been to Italy, Eastern Europe, and Spain/Portugal/Morocco. In the Summer of 2014 the Wind Symphony travelled to Italy, Slovenia and Croatia.