Music Department

Hendrix College Wind Ensemble

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The Hendrix College Wind Ensemble
Dr. Gretchen Renshaw James, Conductor

The Wind Ensemble is composed of students from a wide variety of majors on campus. Rehearsals are Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:15-6:00 p.m. Drawing from symphonic band, wind ensemble, and chamber winds repertoire, the ensemble performs a variety of traditional and contemporary works. The Wind Ensemble performs four concerts annually.

See below for audition information, including scheduling and excerpts to prepare.

Upcoming Events

FALL 2023

Wednesday, August 23, 4:15-5:15 pm
Wind Ensemble Meeting
Staples Auditorium

Wednesday-Friday, August 23-25
Wind Ensemble Auditions
Miller Creative Quad 104

Saturday, September 23, 9:30 am
Fall Family Weekend Concert
Staples Auditorium

Thursday, November 16, 7:30 pm
Fall Concert
Staples Auditorium


First week of classes
Wind Ensemble Auditions for New Members
Miller Creative Quad

Wednesday, January 17, 4:15-5:15 p.m.
Wind Ensemble Meeting
Staples Auditorium

Thursday, March 7, 7:30 p.m.

Spring Concert
Staples Auditorium

Monday, April 8, Time TBA
Solar Eclipse Performance
Location TBA

Monday, April 15, 6:00 p.m.
Concert in the Park
Creative Quad Courtyard (rain location: Staples Auditorium)

Check out the Hendrix College Wind Ensemble page on Facebook.

For more information, contact the conductor, Dr. Gretchen Renshaw James 

Fast Facts:

  • Students earn .25 academic credit for each semester. As a result, students participating in Wind Ensemble for four semesters will receive the EA learning domain credit.
  • Students earn one Odyssey Artistic Creativity credit through participation in Wind Ensemble in two semesters.
  • To enroll, students must perform a brief audition and attend the first informational meeting (please see above).  After this meeting, the Music Department adds Wind Ensemble to your schedule – you do not register for Wind Ensemble through your advisor.


Each student interested in performing with the Hendrix College Wind Ensemble will meet with the conductor to play a few short excerpts from the upcoming semester's repertoire. The purpose is for the conductor to learn about each student's musical background and determine part assignments. Auditions will be held during the first week of the semester.

All students will perform an audition at the beginning of each Fall semester. Spring semester auditions are for new members and for continuing members interested in a section leader designation.

For Fall semester auditions only:
In the Google Drive folder containing the audition music, please first read the document titled “READ FIRST” so you may see which excerpts to prepare for your instrument. Then, print and practice your excerpts prior to your audition. You should bring your printed excerpts to the audition with you.

<A link to fall semester audition materials will be shared here in August>

For Fall semester auditions only - how to schedule your audition:
1. Fill out the Wind Ensemble Sign-Up Form.
2. Sign up for an audition time on this spreadsheet.

For Spring semester auditions only:
Contact Dr. Renshaw to schedule an audition time and to request audition excerpts.


To view the repertoire performed by the Hendrix College Wind Ensemble since 2005, click here.