The Wind Symphony is an ensemble of 55 to 60 wind, brass and percussion players who are high school seniors or younger. Directed by Jeremy Kondrat, the GDYO Wind Symphony performs three concerts annually throughout the DFW Metroplex.
The ensemble performs works such as: John Mackey’s Fanfare for Full Fathom Five, Viet Cuong’s Sound and Smoke, Paul Dooley’s Mavericks, and Michael Daughtery’s Rio Grande.
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 Antonio, Texas. In 2019 the Wind Symphony toured Italy with concerts in Venice and Rome.
Members of the Wind Symphony are encouraged to enter the Wind Symphony Concerto Competition, held in January. 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. Dallas Winds principal players serve as Wind Symphony sectional coaches throughout the year.
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.
Jeremy Kondrat, Wind Symphony Conductor
Jeremy Kondrat has been the conductor of the GDYO Wind Symphony since 2019. He currently serves as the Coordinator of Instrumental Music in the Plano ISD. Mr. Kondrat began teaching jazz techniques at Southern Methodist University in 2018. Since 2015, he has been a frequent guest conductor and fanfare conductor for the Dallas Winds. He has led the McKinney Community Band as artistic director and conductor since 2016 and conducted the Imperial Brass since 2011. Mr. Kondrat previously served fourteen years as the Director of Bands, Co-Conductor of the Symphony Orchestra, and Jazz Ensemble Director at Plano Senior High School. He was the Associate Director of Bands at Plano SHS for two years and served one year positions as Director of Bands at McKinney High School and Associate Director of Bands at Cudahy High School in Cudahy, Wisconsin.
The Plano Senior High School Wind Ensemble was awarded the National Wind Band Honor Award in 2009 under Mr. Kondrat’s direction. He co-conducted the Plano SHS Symphony Orchestra at the Texas Music Educators Association Convention in 2007, 2009, 2012, 2014 and at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in 2003. The Plano SHS Jazz Ensemble directed by Mr. Kondrat was invited to perform at Lincoln Center at the Essentially Ellington Jazz Band Festival and Competition in 2005 and 2010. Plano SHS was awarded the Grammy Signature School Gold Award twice while Mr. Kondrat served as Director of Bands.
Mr. Kondrat received a Bachelor of Music degree in music education and trombone performance from the Eastman School of Music in 1995. He earned a Master of Music degree in trombone performance from the University of Northern Colorado in 1997. Mr. Kondrat is an active clinician, conductor, adjudicator, and consultant for band, orchestra, and jazz ensembles throughout the United States. He has also performed extensively as a trombonist with the Dallas Winds.
Mr. Kondrat is married to his amazing wife, April, who grew up as a violist in the GDYO. They live in Plano, Texas with their three wonderful children Emily, Rachel, and Ethan.
Wind Symphony Sectional Coaches:
Wind Symphony sectionals are taught either by members of the Dallas Winds or UNT professors.
Dr. Nicholas Williams, Wind Symphony Conductor - 2009-2019
Dr. Nicholas Enrico Williams Dr. Nicholas Enrico Williams is the assistant director of wind studies, conductor of the Wind Ensemble, Brass Band, and the director of athletic bands, including the North Texas Green Brigade Marching Band and the Basketball Pep Band at the University of North Texas. He is also the conductor for the GDYO Wind Symphony in Dallas, Texas. In addition, he is a frequent guest conductor for the Dallas Winds (formerly Dallas Wind Symphony) and the Dallas Winds Brass Choir.
As an advocate of chamber music, Dr. Williams was the founder and conductor of the East Plano Brass and was the principal guest conductor for the Harmoniemusik chamber ensemble. In the wind band world, he has been a guest conductor with the Dallas Wind Symphony; Lone Star Wind Orchestra; at the annual Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago, Illinois; the College Band Directors National Association regional conference; the Texas Bandmasters Association Convention; and the Texas Music Educators Association Annual Clinic in San Antonio, Texas.
Dr. Williams is active in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia as a clinician, conductor, adjudicator, consultant, and arranger; his arrangements for wind band, marching percussion ensembles, drum corps, and marching band are performed by outstanding organizations throughout the world.
Dr. Williams is a sought-after recording producer, associate producer, and editor, having been involved with numerous CDs and DVDs on the Klavier, Mark Records, GIA labels, as well as UNT projects. In addition to his work in the recording arts, he has written several conductor study guides that are published in the Teaching Music Through Performance in Band series. He is also a primary consultant of Women of Influence in Contemporary Music, and is an honorary member of Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity. His professional affiliations include Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, College Band Directors National Association, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and Phi Beta Mu, an international bandmasters fraternity.
In 2019 Dr. Williams left his positions at the GDYO and UNT to become Director of Bands at Melbourne University in Australia.