The University of Windsor 38-member Wind Ensemble, made up of current BA Music program students, has recently returned from a Windsor-Essex region performing tour – a great team-building experience that created a unique professional relationship among the musicians, says the ensemble’s conductor, Nicholas Papador.
“They now know what it’s like to be out there and to play without a lot of warm up time, and still make magic. It was a professionalising experience.”
The ensemble, also joined by the University Jazz Ensemble conducted by Robert Fazecash, performed in local high schools with a repertoire ranging from contemporary classic to orchestra film scores.
The winter term gave the students room to grow and receive coaching and support from Dr. Papador, as well as the opportunity to work with the Canadian Brass world-class performer and performance coach, Jeffery Nelson.
“Nelson worked with the musicians on performance anxiety and similar professional issues, lifting their moral, and that is the kind of attitude we wanted to show.”
First-year student and alto saxophone player Sebastian Bachmeier says all of the ensemble’s performances were well received by audiences and gave the public a chance to connect with the University.
“The tour gave audiences a first-hand experience as to the kind of program we have at UWindsor,” says Bachmeier.
Dr. Papador believes the cutting edge music the group presented can be enjoyed by everyone.
“I hope the ensemble performances will grow to become a community event,”
Read more about the University wind Ensemble