The Wind Symphony, under the direction of Andrew Boysen, is the select wind ensemble consisting of approximately 45 instrumentalists. They perform a wide range of music for winds, from small chamber ensembles to full band literature. Works are generally quite difficult and include both classics and contemporary music in the repertory. Wind Ensemble rehearses Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 11:10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Auditions for membership are held in the fall.
This past fall, the University of New Hampshire Wind Symphony, under the direction of Andrew Boysen, was selected to perform at the MENC Eastern Division Conference in Baltimore, Maryland. The Wind Symphony last performed at the Eastern Division Conference when it was held in Providence, Rhode Island, in 2003.
The UNH Wind Symphony have added more prestigious appearances to their portfolio.
In 2011, they performed at the MENC Eastern Division Conference in Baltimore, Maryland. Their unique program included Fanfare for the Great Hall, by Jack Stamp, conducted by Casey Goodwin, UNH Director of Athletic Bands; Ecstatic Waters, by Steven Bryant, featuring electronic music synchronized with the ensemble; and Twilight of the Gods, by Andrew Boysen with visual art by UNH graduate Erik Evensen. The Wind Symphony gave a tour performance at Salem High School in New Hampshire on the way down to Baltimore.
In 2004, they were featured at The College Band Directors National Association Eastern Division Convention held in Baltimore, MD. and at the New York State Band Directors Association Convention held in Syracuse, NY.
Andrew Boysen, conductor, was joined by guest conductors Mark DeTurk and Erika Svanoe. Jenni Cook was the guest soloist for one of Ms. Svanoe's selections, Four Grainger Songs, by Percy Grainger, arranged by Erika Svanoe. Mark DeTurk led the Wind Symphony in Santa Fe Saga by Morton Gould. Andrew Boysen conducted Messagio, by Zdenek Lukas, Rondino in E Flat by Ludwig van Beethoven, Relentless, by Andrew Boysen, and the world premiere of 'S'aint Funk (patron saint of da groove) written by Michael Annicchiarico, one of the department's composers.