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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.


Tonya Mitchell_SpradlinTonya Mitchell-Spradlin is Director of Wind Band Studies and Assistant Professor of Music. In addition to conducting the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, overseeing the graduate wind conducting program, teaching courses in wind band literature and wind conducting, she oversees all aspects of the concert band programs at Penn State. Her appointment at PSU follows three years as Assistant Director of Bands and Associate Director of Athletic Bands at the University of South Carolina. Prior to her tenure at UofSC, Mitchell-Spradlin taught at Valdosta State University as Director of Athletic Bands and was Director of Bands at Chamblee High School in Chamblee, Georgia.

Mitchell-Spradlin has a diverse background as a clinician, adjudicator, educator, and speaker. She is a frequent guest conductor, and has presented regionally at the South Carolina Music Educators Association Conference, nationally at the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic, internationally at the International Society for the Promotion of Wind Band in Austria, and has served as Tau Beta Sigma’s local and national Women in Music Speaker.

As a proponent of new music, she is engaged in building the wind band medium. She led the consortium and premiere of Aaron Perrine’s Beneath a Canvas of Green for wind ensemble and percussion quartet which was also the source of her doctoral dissertation. Additionally, she is active in a number of premieres and consortiums for new music.

Mitchell-Spradlin serves as the National Vice President of Professional Relations for Tau Beta Sigma: National Honorary Band Sorority. She also holds memberships in Kappa Kappa Psi, the College Band Directors National Association, National Association for Music Education, and Women Band Directors International.

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