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 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.
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. 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
Mr. Kondrat serves as the Instrumental Music Coordinator for the Plano Independent School District. He will begin his duties with the GDYO in the 2019-2020 Season.
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.