The Wind Symphony is an ensemble of 55 to 60 wind, brass and percussion players who are high school seniors or younger. Directed by Nicholas Williams, the GDYO Wind Symphony performs four to five concerts annually throughout the DFW Metroplex.
The ensemble performs works such as: Bernstein’s Overture to "Candide", John Mackey's Strange Humors, Frank Ticheli Symphony No. 2, Gillingham's Symphony No. 2, Holst's Suite in E-flat, Steven Bryant's Suite Dreams, Mark Camphouse's Homage to the Dream (premiere), as well as, Philip Sparke's Dance Movements,
In April of 2002, the ensemble was featured on "From The Top" with host Christopher O'Riley for international radio broadcast. The Wind Symphony was also a featured ensemble at the 2002 Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) National Conference in San Antonio, TX. In 2008 the Wind Symphony toured China and included concerts in Hong Kong, Beijing and Shanghai. In 2013, the Wind Symphony was invited to perform at the Texas Bandmasters Association Convention in San Antonion, Texas.
Members of the Wind Symphony are encouraged to enter the Wind Symphony Concerto Competition, held in December. The winner of the competition will perform their solo with the Wind Symphony at a concert in the spring.
Wind Symphony and Dallas WindS
The Wind Symphony has established close ties with America's premier wind band: the Dallas Winds (DW). Each year they present a joint concert at the Meyerson Symphony Center. DW principal players also serve as GDYO sectional coaches throughout the year. Every member of the GDYO Wind Symphony receives a complimentary ticket to the entire Meyerson subscription concert series of the Dallas Winds.
Rehearsals and Requirements
The Wind Symphony rehearses at the University of North Texas in Denton on Sundays from 1:00pm – 4:00pm. All GDYO musicians are expected to participate in their school music programs.
GDYO Wind Symphony Conductor
Dr. Nicholas Williams
Wind Symphony Sectional Coaches:
Members of the Dallas Wind Symphony coach all sectionals.