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Wind Ensemble

Talented young musicians can increase their knowledge of music and music making in rehearsals, chamber ensembles, master classes, and recitals.

The maximum number of students selected to participate in the Wind Ensemble is limited to 50. The wind ensemble’s instrumentation is specifically designed so that the full ensemble can be broken down into chamber ensembles involving all of the students (3 wind quintets, 3 brass quintets/sextets, a flute trio, a clarinet quartet, a clarinet trio, a saxophone quartet, and a percussion ensemble).

Click on "How to Apply", found on the left side of this page, for audition video and application information.

The daily schedule for Wind Ensemble members will include the following:

  • Wind Ensemble rehearsals

  • Master Class (taught by School of Music faculty and guest artists)

  • Chamber Ensemble

  • Common Hour (featuring a different musical topic or opportunity each day, TBA)

  • Practice time

  • Evening recitals

  • Students will have the opportunity to havea 30 or 45 minute lesson with HMI faculty.

Dennis Glocke, Director of Concert Bands

Dennis Glocke

Dennis Glocke was appointed director of concert bands at Penn State in 1996.  He received degrees in conducting from Northwestern University, where he studied with John P. Paynter, and in music education from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, where his principal conducting teachers were H. Robert Reynolds and Eugene Corporon. 

 Prior to joining the Penn State faculty, Professor Glocke was associate director of bands at the University of Michigan, director of bands at the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point, and a band director in the Oconomowoc (WI) public schools.

 Professor Glocke is frequently invited to serve as a guest conductor and clinician throughout the United States.  His ensembles have performed at the Eastern Division Conference of the College Band Directors National Association, the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association State Conference, and the Midwest Clinic in Chicago.  The Penn State Symphonic Wind Ensemble was invited to open the 2005 Flicorno D’Oro international band festival in Riva del Garda, Italy, the first American band to be so honored.  He has also conducted in some of the country’s finest performing venues, including the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center (Dallas), Heinz Hall (Pittsburgh), the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (Washington, D.C.), the Kimmel Center (Philadelphia), the Chautauqua Institution Amphitheater (Chautauqua, NY), The Music Center at Strathmore (North Bethesda, MD), and the Eastman Theatre (Rochester, NY).

The following list represents examples of the type of repertoire students will study and perform:

  • First Suite in E-flat, Gustav Holst

  • October, Eric Whitacre

  • Symphony No. 1, Daniel Bukvich

  • March from Symphonic Metamorphosis, Paul Hindemith/Wilson

  • Selections from The Danserye, Tielman Susato/Dunnegan

  • Irish Tune from County Derry, Percy Grainger

  • Variants on a Mediaeval Tune, Norman Dello Joio

  • William Byrd Suite, Gordon Jacob

  • Come, Sweet Death, J.S. Bach/Reed

  • Blue Shades, Frank Ticheli