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, Music Studio 3

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

Thursday, November 21, 7:30 p.m.
Fall Concert
Staples Auditorium


Wednesday-Thursday, January 22-23
Wind Ensemble Auditions for New Members
Trieschmann, Music Studio 3

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.  
  • Students earn one Odyssey Expressive Arts 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 perform a brief audition for the conductor. The audition repertoire will include excerpts selected from the music that is likely to be performed in that semester. Auditions will be held during the first week of the semester and will be used to determine section leaders and chair placements.

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.

***Fall 2019 Audition Excerpts will be available here by August 10.***

In the Google Drive folder, 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.

How to Schedule Your Audition
1. Fill out the Wind Ensemble Audition Form
2. Sign up for an audition time on this Doodle Poll.

***Links to the Audition Form and Doodle Poll will be active by August 10.***



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