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Dr. Jared Chase, director

The Nazareth Wind Symphony has been selected to perform at the 33rd Annual NYSBDA Symposium, Saturday March 7 at 8:00 pm, in Syracuse.

Wind Symphony

The Nazareth College Wind Symphony is under the direction of Dr. Jared Chase.  It is available for ALL majors at Nazareth College.  The ensemble is dedicated to presenting an exciting variety of works from all musical periods, cultures and styles, featuring both core and contemporary repertoire, and new pieces by emerging composers. The Wind Symphony performs at least two concerts each semester in Linehan Chapel as well as concerts off campus. Concerts are free and open to the public.  

In addition, this ensemble also frequently tours throughout the region and was recently featured at the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) Conference in December of 2013.  Members of the Wind Symphony will be traveling to the Dominican Republic in May of 2015.

Membership in the Wind Symphony is open to all Nazareth students and others regardless of major.  Rehearsals are Mondays (4:00-5:30) and Wednesdays (5:30-7:00 pm).  If you are interested or would like more information click here, or contact Dr. Chase.

2014-2015 Season

Friday, September 26th 7:30 pm “Side by Side” – Shared Concert with the Nazareth Symphony Orchestra
Brett Long, trumpet
Geoff Sanford, English horn
Aaron Copland: Quiet City
Ralph Vaughan Williams: Folk Song Suite
Gustav Holst: Hammersmith

Wednesday, November 12th "David Biedenbender" - Shared Concert with Fairport High School
David Biedenbender: Stomp
David Biedenbender: Luminescence
George Gershwin/Hunsberger: Rhapsody in Blue

Saturday, November 15th 7:30 pm "Four Somethings"
James Douthit, piano
David Biedenbender: Stomp
David Biedenbender: Luminescence
George Gershwin/Hunsberger: Rhapsody in Blue
Carl Orff/Krance: Carmina Burana

Wednesday, February 11th - "Spotlight on Excellence, Op.3" - Shared Concert with Churchville - Chili HS
Program TBA

Sunday, February 15th 3 pm "Looking Forward"
Jeremy Stoner, Tuba
Chris Stark: Augenblick
Steve Danyew: Adagietto (World Premiere)
Shawn Okpebelo: Dialogue for Tuba and Band (Regional Premiere)
Paul Hindemith: Symphony for Band

Saturday, March 7th, 8 pm "NYSBDA Symposium"
Program TBA

Sunday, April 12th 3 pm "Of This Earth"
David Maslanka: Mother Earth Fanfare
Winner of Annual Concerto Competition
Karel Husa: Apotheosis of this Earth


Auditions are open to music and non-music majors, and all Naz students. All prospective players are expected to audition whether or not they have been in the ensemble before. Membership is based upon a satisfactory audition, which includes performance on your principal instrument at a level necessary to perform effectively. While the ensemble allows for as many qualified members as rehearsal and performance space permits, at times it may be necessary to limit numbers in certain sections in the interests of balance. Please contact the Music Director, Prof. Jared Chase if you have any questions.

Audition Dates

  • Sunday, August 24: 4:00-7:00 P.M. (Brass and Percussion)
  • Monday, August 25: 3:00-5:30 P.M.(Woodwinds)
    Tuesday, August 26 (Make-up Auditions)

Seating auditions for the Wind Symphony will be held during the first three days of fall semester classes. Signup sheets will be posted at least one week prior on the bulletin board outside of Room A92 in the Nazareth College Arts Center. Materials required for auditions will include:

  • Major scales (multiple octaves whenever possible)
  • Prepared work of the student's choice (2-3 minutes)  Percussionist this should be a snare drum solo.
  • Required audition excerpts (click to download file with the required excerpts for that instrument)

Past Wind Symphony Concert Program

Concert Repertoire 2013-14

Concert Repertoire 2012-13

Nazareth College Pep Band

This group performs for many of the basketball games and is open to all students without an audition. Rehearsals begin in November. If you are interested click here or contact Prof. Steven Zugelder at 

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