The student organization CU Winds supports the Cornell University Wind Symphony, and Cornell’s long tradition of excellence in wind band performance.
2019-2020 CU Winds 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 CU Wind Symphony 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 the Wind Symphony, 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 the Wind Symphony 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 the Wind Symphony. 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 the Wind Symphony 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 the Wind Symphony, 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 the Wind Symphony 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 Wind Symphony 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 the Wind Symphony 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.