Music Department

Hendrix College Wind Ensemble

HCWE Formal Photo, May 2016sm

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, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 4:15 - 5:35 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 2019

Wednesday-Friday, August 28-30

Wind Ensemble Auditions
See below for further details about auditions
Trieschmann 109 

Thursday, August 29, 4:15-5:15 p.m.
Wind Ensemble Meeting 
Staples Auditorium

Tuesday, September 3, 4:15-5:35 p.m.
First Wind Ensemble rehearsal
Staples Auditorium

Saturday, September 28, 10:00 a.m.
Fall Family Weekend Concert   
Staples Auditorium

Tuesday, November 19, 7:30 p.m.
Fall Concert
Staples Auditorium


Wednesday-Thursday, January 22-23
Wind Ensemble Auditions for New Members
Trieschmann 109

Thursday, January 23, 4:15-5:15 p.m.
Wind Ensemble Meeting
Staples Auditorium

Thursday, March 12, 7:30 p.m.

Spring Concert
Staples Auditorium

Monday, April 20, 5:30 p.m.
Concert in the Park
Staples Fountain (rain location: Staples Auditorium)

Saturday, May 2, 7:30 p.m.
Festival of Winds Honor Band Concert
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.

***Please contact Dr. Renshaw for Spring 2020 audition excerpts and to schedule your audition time.***

For Fall semester auditions only:
In the Google Drive folder containing the audition excerpts, 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.

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



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