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 will embark on a service-learning tour of Haiti and the Dominican Republic.  We will devote time throughout the fall semester to preparation for the tour, with the goals of deepening students’ learning experience, increasing their opportunity to develop lasting friendships with their international collaborators, and informing their post-tour reflection.  Activities will include lessons in French and Spanish, guest speakers, brief assigned readings, and group discussions.  CU Winds student leaders will also aid in the planning and execution of travel and cultural exchange.
Learn all about our upcoming 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

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. Under the direction of alumna director Dr. Turner, CU Winds gained a great appreciation for the service that can be done through music, and the ability it has to foster international connections. You can learn all about our time in Costa Rica here.


Our Mission

CU Winds unites Cornell University students who seek remarkable music making through the process of preparing and performing established and emerging wind repertoire in both large and chamber ensembles.