The (Almost) Last Hurrah

The (Almost) Last Hurrah

The bright stage lights, the familiar feeling of fifty-odd musicians silent in anticipation of a downbeat, the applause of an audience: this never gets old. The final formal concert of tour made concrete how much closer we’ve grown as a band, through the rewards and stresses of traveling, the discussions of our ideas and reflections on our experience, and simply the strength of spending 24 hours a day in each others’ company. Sitting down to play music together is natural. I am incredibly grateful for the company of my fellow band members, and the opportunity I have to perform in a group like this one. I hope that our day spent with the various musical ensembles of the Carol Morgan school- in small sectionals during the school day, as peers and mentors, and finally as fellow performers- we have inspired that same passion in the students we worked with, and renewed it in ourselves.

–Carina Gwennap, oboe


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.