CU Winds Service-Learning Tours

CU Winds Service-Learning Tours:

In addition to making music, CU Winds is devoted to the exploration of music as a vehicle for cultural exchange, service, global awareness, and social change.  In doing so, students learn the value of service, and of applying their discipline’s knowledge base to address cultural and societal issues.  They realize the potential for a group to become more powerful than the sum of their individual identities.  They gain skills in communication, leadership, and collaboration, and employ those skills to engage more broadly and deeply as members of a global community.

Haiti and the Dominican Republic, January 8-17, 2017

In January, 2017, CU Winds embarked on a service-learning tour of Haiti and the Dominican Republic. This experience marked the beginning of a continued, reciprocal relationship between Cornell and our new international partners. Our next tour is planned for January 2019. Learn about our tour here.

New York City, February 13-15, 2015

In February, 2015, the Cornell Wind Symphony embarked on a three day performance tour to New York City. Activities included a visit with the Grand Street High School wind ensemble (Brooklyn, NY), attendance at a New York Philharmonic concert, and a performance at the Miller Theatre in conjunction with the 2015 Composers Now festival.

Costa Rica, 2006-2014

CU Winds traveled to Costa Rica every two years from 2006 to 2014, teaching, performing, and donating instruments in communities such as Matapalo in Guanacaste, San Isidro, Desamparados, Limon, and Poas. On our 2014 tour we also went to David, Panama. Through these experiences, CU Winds gained a great appreciation for the service that can be done through music, and the ability it has to foster international connections. Learn about our time in Costa Rica here.


Our Mission

CU Winds unites student musicians in an ensemble dedicated to the study and performance of emerging and traditional wind repertoire. We explore music making as a vehicle for cross-cultural exchange and collaboration, and in doing so support Cornell's core values of public engagement and global awareness.