Our Mission Statement includes some key words. “Unite” for example: the CU Wind Symphony unites a diverse group of individuals who share a commitment to collaboration and excellent music making. The ensemble is open to all members of the Cornell University campus community, and most of our members have majors other than music. The 2019-20 Wind Symphony includes 64 members, from freshmen to doctoral candidates to staff members, from eight departments and colleges on campus. 

We are committed to creating a musically and intellectually stimulating experience for our members and audience, and ensuring the ensemble’s continued relevance in the campus culture. The Wind Symphony also tours whenever possible, and believes that a well constructed off-campus experience can be transformative for individual growth and ensemble synergy. We set the bar high, and have fun reaching it.

We hope you enjoy learning about us.

James Spinazzola, conductor

2019-2020 CU Wind Symphony

Sarah Gutman, Human Development, ‘20 **

1   Amy Wang, Computer Science, ‘22 **
     Jennifer Lee, Engineering, ‘21
     Ishika Agrawal, Information Science, ‘23
     Erika Katsumoto, Music, ‘23
2   Jolie Wasserman, Environment & Sustainability, ‘23
     Johanna Bergstrom, Arts & Sciences, ‘22
     Sarah Zhang, Chemistry, ‘23
     Micah Chen, Engineering, ‘23
     Ethan Katcher, Biology, ‘22

Yoorie Chang, Industrial & Labor Relations, ‘20 *
Michael Zhou, Electrical & Computer Engineering, ‘22 (English horn)
Shan Parikh, Computer Science, ‘21

James Parker, Computer Science, ‘21 *
Dean Kim, Chemistry, ‘20

E-flat/Auxiliary Clarinet
Maggie Burke, staff

1   Katie Sadoff, Music & Computer Science, ‘20 *
     Amit Rajesh, Computer Science & Chemistry, ‘22
     Justin Tan, Engineering/Undecided, ‘23
2   Emily Yi, Biology & Society, ‘23
     Christopher O’Connor, Astronomy, Grad
3   Cassidy McKee, Government, ‘23
     Elisha Chen, Computer Science, ‘21
     Janna Zilkha, Environment & Sustainability, ‘23
     Julianna Christopoulos, Atmospheric Science, ‘22
     Amy Chen, Mathematics, ‘23

Bass Clarinet
Garrison Eatmon, Civil Engineering, ‘22

Contrabass Clarinet
Daniel Sanky, Information Science, ‘20

Alto Saxophone
1   Yicong Wu, Industrial & Labor Relations, ‘22 *
     Daniel Buscaglia, Electrical & Computer Engineering, ‘21
2   William Xiao, Operations Research & Engineering, ‘21
     Lindell Williams, Physics, ‘22

Tenor Saxophone
David Chang, Biology, ‘21
Ben Haefner, Plant Science, ‘23

Baritone Saxophone
Albert Shabaev, Applied Economics, Management & Business, ‘23

Adam Ziccardi, Mechanical Engineering, ‘21 *
Nicole Bradbury, Linguistics & French, ‘20
Nellie Butler, Linguistics, ‘20
Keelin Kelly, Environmental & Sustainability Sciences, ‘20
Elizabeth Zhu, Biology, ‘23
Scott Hurwitz, Physics, ‘20

David Specht, Applied Physics, Grad *
Kevin Cook, Computer Science, ‘21
Ryan McMahon, Electrical & Computer Engineering, ‘21
Will Buchanan, Engineering ‘23
Ben Santana, Biology, ‘20

1   Wynne Chen, Nutritional Sciences, ‘22 *
     Mathew Pareles, Computer Science & Physics, ‘21
2   David Marantes, Government & History, ‘22
     John Nation, Physics, ‘23
3   Alex Coy, Electrical & Computer Engineering, ‘21
     Max Mu, Computer Science, ‘23

Joshua Richman, Mechanical Engineering, ‘20 *
Andrew Pareles, Physics & Computer Science, ‘21
Laura Schroeder, Linguistics, ‘23

Keshav Ram, Information Science, ‘22
Bowen Jiang, Undecided, ‘22

Double Bass
Matthew Kaplan, Environment & Sustainability, ‘23

Jessica Sakamoto, Engineering, ‘22 *
William Tait, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, Grad
Nick Vanden Berk, Chemistry, ‘23
Nick Xu, Environmental and Sustainability Sciences. ‘22
Evelyn Huang, Applied Economics and Management, ‘22

Liz Mahood +

** Co-principal
+ Guest musician

2019-2020 CU Wind Symphony Executive Board

  • Yoorie Chang, President
  • Nicole Bradbury, Vice President
  • William Xiao, Treasurer
  • Ethan Katcher, Outreach Chair
  • Keelin Kelly, Social Chair
  • Julie Christopoulos, Public Relations
  • Wynne Chen, Design Chair
  • Alex Coy, Garrison Eatmon, and Johanna Bergstrom, Librarians
  • Dan Buscaglia and Amit Rajesh, Webmasters

Hi everyone, my name is Yoorie and I am thrilled to be serving as the president of CU Winds for the 2019-2020 year. I’m a senior (yikes) in ILR originally from Colorado Springs, CO, and have been a member of the wonderful oboe section since my freshman year. Some of my fondest Cornell memories have been as a result of playing in the wind symphony, such as going on our service learning trip to Haiti and the Dominican Republic my freshman year as well as sharing a stage with Wynton Marsalis in front of our biggest crowd ever at Bailey Hall. I was away from campus spring of 2019 studying abroad in England, but am excited to be back in Ithaca to welcome back returning and new members to the lovely Winds community! I’m looking forward to making music with you all, and please do not hesitate to reach out if there’s anything you might need at: president(at)cuwinds(.)com

Hey there everyone, I’m Nicole!  I am a senior double majoring in linguistics and French, I hail from Rochester, and I am proud to say that I will be serving as your Vice President this year.  This will be my fourth year in the French horn section of CUWinds, and I can positively say that my experiences in this group are among the most influential experiences of my young adult life.  Some of my favorite parts of this ensemble have been participating in our 2017 and 2019 service-learning tours to Haiti and the Dominican Republic, playing for Commencement, and (of course!) hanging out with the life-long friends I’ve found here.  Outside of rehearsal, I can be found tending to plants with Hortus Forum, practicing sounds in the IPA chart, and trying out new recipes.

Hi everyone! I’m Will, and I’m currently the treasurer for this amazing ensemble. I’m a junior majoring in Computer Science and Operations Research, and I’m from Montgomery, New Jersey, a town 15 minutes outside of Princeton. I’ve been in CU Winds since my freshman year, and have loved every minute of it. Everyone here is easy to talk to (come up to us; we don’t bite!), and we’re all one big happy family. Between collaborating with Wynton Marsalis and going on a service learning tour through Haiti, this band has exposed us all to so many incredible new ideas and experiences. Outside of band, you’ll probably find me tutoring/teaching in some form. Looking forward to an awesome year!

Hello! My name is Ethan Katcher, and I am this year’s outreach chair for CU Winds. I am a sophomore from the small town of Altoona, Pennsylvania and a flute player in the ensemble. I study biology and German, and outside of class, I mainly involve myself with lab research. In addition to the flute, I also love playing piano, singing, and just about anything else having to do with music. I am unbelievably excited to help out with such an incredible group of musicians and create so many more unforgettable experiences. Though the past year held so many wonderful things—new friends, countless memories in Haiti, and incredible music—I am certain it will only get better from here. I’m always excited for what comes next, so I can’t wait for the year to come!

Hi Everyone! I’m Keelin, CU Winds’ Social Chair. I’m from Marcellus, NY, a small town northeast of Cayuga’s waters! I have been playing the French Horn since I was eight years old, however I took a brief hiatus after graduating high school, and resumed ensemble playing at the beginning of my junior year with CU Winds. I’m now a senior, double majoring in Environmental and Sustainability Sciences and Development Sociology with minors in Inequality Studies and Climate Change. I will (hopefully) be attending graduate school to study environmental policy or global development. Besides spending my time intensely practicing the Universal Studios Theme, I also conduct research on international climate change policy, am a member of the Roosevelt Institute, am an Andrew Goodman Foundation Ambassador, and a member of Epsilon Eta. I am so thrilled to be able to organize ~fun and safe~ events for CU bandos to get to know each other more, and I look forward to getting to know all of you!

My name is Julie and I am a sophomore majoring in Atmospheric Science (I study clouds). I’m from a small town in Westchester, New York. Being a member of the ensemble this past year has been such an amazing and wonderful experience. As a freshman I was afraid of finding my place at Cornell but the members of CU Winds welcomed me with open arms. Participating in our service-learning tour in Haiti was probably one of the most memorable experiences I’ll ever have (I will never complain of a long bus ride ever again). Outside of CU Winds, I am a member of the sustainability fraternity, Epsilon Eta, and the Cornell Chapter of the American Meteorological Society.  

Hey everyone! I am Wynne, yes pronounced like “Winnie” the Pooh who is like my spirit animal. I am a sophomore from Portland, Oregon and I’m studying nutritional sciences in the College of Human Ecology. As you might have guessed from my major, I love food and although I am all for healthy eating, I am only human and also have cravings for milkshakes and chicken nuggets. So, if you want to go on a late night pizza run or need a friend to eat with at the dining halls, I will be more than willing to accompany you on a food journey or any type of journey for that matter. I love being outdoors, watching the sunset on the Slope, watching movies, cooking, and playing sports. Playing the trombone in CU Winds has been one of my favorite memories of Cornell so far because the ensemble becomes like a little family and a source of comfort at this big, big school. I’m looking forward to another great year with all of you!

I’m Alex Coy, and I’m a junior studying Electrical and Computer Engineering. I also enjoy audio engineering, technical theater work, building and fixing stuff, loading trucks, making and eating food, and road trips. I’m thrilled to have another opportunity to give more to this amazing group.

Hi! My name’s Garrison Eatmon, and I’m going to be one of the Librarians for the spring semester. I’m a sophomore here studying civil engineering, and I’m from White Plains, NY (it’s in Westchester). I play bass clarinet in winds (a hugely underrated instrument, and absolutely NOT a black saxophone), but I do play other instruments here and there. When I’m not in winds, you can find me playing some random instrument in Lincoln, generally hanging out around campus, or loudly complaining about TCAT buses that don’t show up. Although I’ve only been in the Wind Symphony for a year, I really cherish this group and everything about it. Anyway, I’m looking forward to playing and working with everyone next year!

Hi everyone! My name’s Johanna, and I’m one of your librarians for fall semester. I’m from El Dorado Hills, a small town in Northern California, and joined the CU Winds flute section last year. I’m currently a sophomore double majoring in Biology and Psychology. Outside of winds, I play in the Big Red Marching Band, work in a lab, serve as a peer facilitator with Body Positive Cornell, and rant about my love for dogs. Touring in Haiti with the ensemble was one of the most incredible and memorable experiences of my life, and I’m so excited to continue as a member of this fantastic group!

I’m Dan and I serve as one of the webgods…er, webmasters along with Amit. I am from Buffalo, NY a.k.a. the greatest city in existence, so if anyone ever mentions the word “Buffalo” when I’m within earshot, prepare to hear all about it! Anyway, I’m a junior here at Cornell where I’m studying Electrical and Computer Engineering with a little Computer Science somewhere underneath. This will be my third year in CUWinds and I’m very excited for everything this year will bring. Finally, I am a firm believer that mustard is the best condiment, followed closely behind by horseradish.

Amit coming soon!

Current Director

James Spinazzola is an active conductor, ensemble clinician, saxophonist, and arranger. In addition to directing the Cornell wind ensemble program, James teaches undergraduate courses in music theory, coaches chamber music, teaches applied saxophone, and serves as faculty adviser to CU Winds, a student-driven organization devoted to the performance and promotion of wind band music.

Under James’s direction, the Cornell Wind Symphony performed at the 2018 Eastern Division conference of the College Band Directors National Association.  The ensemble has premiered new works by David Maslanka, Christopher Rouse, and Dana Wilson, among others; and has collaborated with composers David Maslanka and Patrick Williams during on-campus residencies. James’s research in jazz performance and arranging has led to unique Wind Symphony performances of jazz and third-stream music.  Recent concerts have featuring his arrangements of John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme with the Cornell Jazz Ensemble and guest saxophonist Joshua Redman, Patrick Williams’s An American Concerto with the composer conducting, and the music of Duke Ellington with A.D. White Professor-at-Large Wynton Marsalis.

In 2017 James led the Cornell Wind Symphony on an international service-learning tour to Haiti and the Dominican Republic, through which the ensemble partnered with the Holy Trinity School Music Port-au-Prince, the Carol Morgan International School in Santo Domingo, and members of the Yale Concert Band. The ensemble performed at the Kiosk Occide Jeanty, Port-au-Prince, as part of the 2010 Earthquake Commemoration led by provisional President Jocelerme Privert; and at the UNESCO World Heritage Site Palais Sans-Souci in Milot, Haiti, among other venues. 

Prior to coming to Cornell, James was a tenured faculty member at the University of Indianapolis, where he served as associate professor of music and director of instrumental activities. Additional posts have included those as assistant professor of music at Tennessee Tech University, where he had the dual role of conducting the concert band and teaching applied saxophone. James has also held conducting and teaching positions with the New World Youth Philharmonic (IN), the Indianapolis Youth Wind Ensemble, and the Tennessee Governors’ School for the Arts. As a guest conductor, he has worked with numerous bands, orchestras, and jazz ensembles throughout the world; recent engagements included those with the Minnesota Honor Band, Georgia Honor Jazz Ensemble, University of Montana Orchestra, Duquesne University Wind Ensemble, and international schools in China, India, and the Dominican Republic.  He also lectures frequently on a variety of topics, most recently on rehearsal pedagogy at the Midwest International Band & Orchestra Clinic.

As a saxophonist, James has recorded an album of concertos for the Mark Custom label, Discovery: Standard and Emerging Works for Saxophone and Wind Ensemble, and continues to perform in both jazz and classical venues. He is also a proficient arranger, and is published by Alfred Music, Boosey & Hawkes, and Subito Press. He has premiered original compositions with the Cornell Wind Symphony, Symphony Orchestra, and Faculty Jazz Combo, and ensembles under direction have premiered his arrangements of works by John Adams, Steven Bryant, Tania León, Christopher Rouse, and Roberto Sierra.

James is a contributing author of Women of Influence in Contemporary Music: Nine American Composers (Scarecrow Press), and four volumes of Teaching Music Through Performance in Band (GIA Publications).  


Office: 237 Lincoln Hall, Cornell University Music, Ithaca, NY 14850
Email: jms862 {at} cornell(.)edu
Phone: (607) 255-7102

Past Directors

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