The Illinois Wind Symphony

Dr. Stephen Peterson, conductor


Comprised of approximately sixty undergraduate and graduate students who have attained the highest level of proficiency on their instruments, the Wind Symphony is the premiere ensemble of the University of Illinois band program. Performing the finest available repertoire, the ensemble's performances include traditional wind band literature, one-per-part chamber works and premiere performances of new compositions in the ever-expanding wind band genre. The ensemble works on the flexible "pool" concept so that each work in the curriculum is staffed with the instrumentation envisioned by the composer. The Wind Symphony performs a minimum of three concerts per semester, and has the responsibility to lead the band profession in performance standards as well as creatively developing the future in training wind players in a variety of conducted ensemble settings. The performance range of this ensemble includes campus, state, regional, national and international events and venues. The Wind Symphony is open to music majors and non-majors by audition.


MUS 268 | MUS 450 M
Wind Symphony

1:00pm - 3:50 pm on Monday and Wednesday

Room 141, Harding Band Building
Dr. Stephen Peterson, conductor

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


•Flex "pool" concept of fifty-sixty members total covering conducted repertoire from eight to sixty members

•Wind Band Masterworks
•Core Chamber and Mid-sized Works
•New / Contemporary Music including premieres 


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

•Competitive Blind Audition (Wind/Brass/Percussion Unified Audition for top-tier bands and orchestras)

•Director of Bands—Stephen G. Peterson, DMA
•Select graduate student conductors may conduct to complete special requirements and/or projects

•Generally three unshared concerts per term
•Full concert length with intermission
•Often featuring a soloist of international repute

•Commercial CD Recordings, Educational DVDs, Conferences, Special Venues, Tours, Broadcasts, Special Events (campus and community), etc.
•Chamber group service to a recognized philanthropic organization (rotates)
•Artistic face of the Illinois Band Program and School of Music