Become a CWE Musician
The mission of the Colorado Wind Ensemble is to provide opportunities for musicians to create, and audiences to experience, exceptional live performances of the rich and varied genres of music for woodwinds, brass, and percussion. As you might guess, this involves a wide range of performing opportunities for our musicians—Schwantner and Maslanka, Grainger and Holst, Bach and Mozart, Weill and Bernstein, Copland and Sousa, band in the park, chamber music, and a full-ensemble concert season. In addition, there are many opportunities for educational outreach with students.
Most CWE members have music degrees and most make at least a portion of their living in music fields. However, our membership includes people from all walks of life, all selected by audition. The main criterion is a commitment to supporting the ensemble in our mission of bringing this great music to audiences.
Although CWE musicians are primarily volunteers, honoraria are paid for some performances and other activities.
Audition for the Colorado Wind Ensemble
The CWE maintains a roster of regular members and alternates, providing many opportunities for musicians to perform throughout the season. In addition to woodwinds, brass, and percussion, we also audition musicians on piano, string bass, and harp.
CWE musicians must be available for rehearsals on all Tuesday evenings, for dress rehearsals on specified Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evenings, and for concerts on specified Saturday afternoons and evenings, Friday evenings, and Sunday afternoons.
At this time, the CWE is holding auditions by appointment for regular musicians on baritone saxophone, trumpet, and horn; and for alternates in all sections, on Tuesday, August 29 from 5:00-9:00pm at the King Center on the Auraria campus, 855 Lawrence Way, Denver 80204.
If you are interested in auditioning for the CWE, please send us an email describing your relevant performing experience and education and we will contact you to schedule an audition. For your audition, please prepare two contrasting selections not to exceed five minutes of total playing time. The selections should demonstrate your technical and expressive capabilities and your familiarity with the demands of the wind ensemble genre.