Welcome, new and returning members! Please read the following information carefully and completely.

The Wind Symphony is currently making music in both in-person and remote settings. Rather than one large ensemble (typically 60-65 players), we have offered multiple chamber ensembles that rehearse on a rotating schedule. Our fall concert includes the following selections.

  • George Gershwin, Rhapsody in Blue, with pianist Xak Bjerken
  • Scott Joplin, Overture to Treemonisha
  • Richard Strauss, Serenade for Winds, Op. 7
  • Kurt Weill, Suite from The Threepenny Opera

The Wind Symphony is leading a consortium of university ensembles in commissioning a substantial new work from A.D. White Professor-at-Large Wynton Marsalis. The Wind Symphony is scheduled to premiere the work in the fall of 2021, and will discuss the project with Professor Marsalis this semester via web conference.


All Spring 2021 auditions will be held online. All members who were accepted into the ensemble in the fall need not audition in the spring (including those who did not participate).

To audition, please fill out this google form. Unlike in previous years, you will not need to have a cuwinds.com account. Audition recordings will be accepted throughout the fall semester. 

If you do not have access to your instrument, please contact Dr. James Spinazzola at jms862 {at} cornell(.)edu. We will do all we can to help you participate in the ensemble. Percussionists: Please first read the following instructions.

Woodwinds, Brass, Piano, and Double Bass

  • Prepare two contrasting selections that reflect your current repertoire and level of ability. Include a selection or movement in a slow tempo, and another in a lively tempo. Try to demonstrate your tone quality, technique, musicality, and range. Please also prepare the following scales:
    • Woodwinds: A chromatic scale, slurred, through your full comfortable range; and three major scales of your choice in at least 2 octaves, 3 if possible. (Any tempo and style is fine.) You need not state the key of each scale.
    • Brass and Double Bass: Three major scales of your choice in at least 2 octaves, 3 if possible. (Any tempo and style is fine.) You need not state the key of each scale.
    •  Piano: Scales are not required.


If you have access to instruments, prepare one selection demonstrating your technique and control on each of the following instruments that you play: snare drum, xylophone or marimba, timpani, and/or drum set. If you do not have an instrument, please try to find a creative solution. Do you favor the snare drum? Play a snare excerpt on a practice pad or tabletop. Do you play a mallet instrument and also piano? If you do not have access to the instrument, consider preparing a selection on the piano. Please contact Dr. James Spinazzola at jms862 {at} cornell(.)edu if you have any questions.

Guidelines for All Applicants

  • Start your video by stating your full legal name and your preferred name, if applicable. 
  • State the names of the pieces you will perform. If you are not performing the entire piece, specify the selected passage(s) (e.g., beginning through the end of the exposition).
  • Record your audition in one take (no editing or stopping), and try to use high-quality audio and video recording equipment. (Consider testing your devices. For example, the microphone on your computer might be superior to the one on your phone.) Do not add effects such as reverb. 
  • Dress casually but professionally.
  • The video should be either solo or with a keyboard accompanist. Do not submit recordings with larger ensembles.
  • Use a tripod or similar arrangement (e.g., a stack of books) to raise the camera and provide steady footage, and check to be sure the view is not blocked by a music stand.
  • If you share your video with Google Drive, ensure the sharing option is set so “anyone with the link” can view it. If you choose to use YouTube, set your video to Unlisted so we may use the link to view it. We are unable to access videos set to Private. 
  • Before submitting your video, preview it and/or send it to a friend or family member.  Please also access the link while logged out of your account to ensure we will be able to view it.

Following is a sample audition video recorded by CU Winds president James P.

Don’t wait until the last minute to submit your video, and please don’t stress about it. Its sole purpose is to help us evaluate your current level of musical ability. Simply do your best, and we’ll do the rest!


  • Q: What if I plan to stay at home and learn remotely in the fall?
  • A: Submit your audition video and you will be considered for the fall and spring semester. You will also be eligible to participate in the Wind Symphony’s online activities during the fall semester, for which you may register for one credit.
  • Q: I have questions about the Wind Symphony and Covid-19 protocols.
  • A: If you have any questions or concerns, email James Spinazzola (jms862 {at} cornell(.)edu) using your Cornell NetID.
  • Q: Will we need concert dress this semester?
  • A: No. Following is the dress code for our performance: black long-sleeve shirt or blouse, black pants (denim is fine) or floor-length skirt, black socks or hose, and black shoes or closed-toe sandals (no athletic shoes).