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.
Wednesday, August 24, 4:15-5:15 pm
Wind Ensemble Meeting
Tuesday-Thursday, August 23-25
Wind Ensemble Auditions
Miller Creative Quad, Rooms 124 & 125
Saturday, September 24, 10:00 am
Fall Family Weekend Concert
Miller Creative Quad Courtyard (rain location: Staples Auditorium)
Thursday, November 17, 7:30 pm
With guest composer Asha Srinivasan
Wind Ensemble Auditions for New Members
Miller Creative Quad
Wednesday, January 18, 4:15-5:15 p.m.
Wind Ensemble Meeting
Thursday, March 9, 7:30 p.m.
Monday, April 17, 6:00 p.m.
Concert in the Park
Creative Quad Courtyard (rain location: Staples Auditorium)
Check out the Hendrix College Wind Ensemble page on
For more information, contact the conductor,
Dr. Gretchen Renshaw James
- 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.
Fall 2022 Audition Materials
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.