Wind Orchestra

Dr. Elizabeth Peterson, conductor


Comprised of approximately sixty undergraduate and graduate students who have attained an exceptional level of proficiency on their instruments, the Wind Orchestra is the second artistic concert band of the University of Illinois band program. Like the Wind Symphony, the Wind Orchestra performs large and chamber wind repertoire, new and contemporary music, and has a specific curricular design focused on a variety of styles throughout the year. The ensemble works on the flexible "pool" concept so that each work in the curriculum is staffed with the instrumentation that the composer envisioned.

The Wind Orchestra rehearses four hours per week, generally presents two concerts per semester, and also collaborates with other public school ensembles in the state. The performance range of this ensemble includes campus, local area, and statewide events. The Wind Orchestra is open to music majors and non-majors by audition. 


MUS 269 | MUS 450 M1

Wind Orchestra
1:00 pm–2:50 pm on Tuesday and Thursday

Room 141, Harding Band Building
Dr. Elizabeth B. Peterson, conductor

*All ensembles are open to music majors and non-majors based on audition. 

Curriculum Format:
•Fifty-sixty members total covering conducted repertoire from eight to sixty members

•Quality large ensemble works
•Chamber and mid-sized works
•New / contemporary compositions
•Variety of serious musical styles

•Performance and Music Education (primarily)
•Open to all majors by blind audition each semester

•Competitive Blind Audition

•Band faculty, plus select graduate student conductors may conduct to complete special requirements and/or projects

•Generally two–three concerts per semester