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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.


rhRobert Hickey is currently the Assistant Director of Athletic Bands at The Pennsylvania State University where he assists with the Penn State Marching Blue Band and directs the Pride of the Lions Pep Band and Concert Band. Additional teaching responsibilities include teaching all levels of undergraduate conducting and supervising student teachers. Prior to his appointment at Penn State, Robert served as Director of Bands and Assistant Professor of Music at Fairmont State University in Fairmont, WV. His responsibilities included conducting the marching band, wind ensemble, and jazz band; and teaching courses in conducting, music education, music appreciation and clarinet. Robert has also served as an adjunct instructor at Bucknell University and Lycoming College where he taught studio clarinet and woodwind methods.

As a graduate student at Penn State, Robert held graduate assistantships with Athletic Bands and Concert Bands, where he served as the assistant conductor of the Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band. He studied conducting with Dennis Glocke and was a clarinet student of Anthony Costa. While completing his degree, he was a finalist for the Chamber Music Track of participants at the Temple University Conducting Workshop. While in attendance he was selected to conduct a chamber music work on a concert with the Temple Chamber Winds and to work with Craig Kirchhoff and Dr. Emily Threinen.

In addition to his teaching experience in higher education, Robert has taught in the Stroudsburg, Williamsport, and Warrior Run school districts. He continues to perform regularly with the Williamsport Symphony Orchestra and Penn Central Wind Band.  Hickey has also been an invited clinician, adjudicator, and guest conductor throughout the Mid-Atlantic.

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