YOUTH WIND ENSEMBLE OF WESTCHESTER
We are very excited to be celebrating the 12th season for the Senior Wind
ensemble, as well as the 3rd full season for Junior Winds.
For high school students (or the very advanced middle school student)
Conducted by Bradley Morrison (Director of Cultural Arts for the Ossining School System)
For students grades 5-8
Students should play at about a level 2 NYSSMA to join
(although they don’t have to have actually played at NYSSMA).
Conducted by Micah Sprague (Sleepy Hollow Middle School Band Dir. & Dept. Chair)
What's To Come For the 2021-22 School Year
A Note from Director Bradley Morrison
I'm happy to announce that we will be continuing with the Youth Wind Ensemble of Westchester for the 2021-2022 season, and our plan as of now is to meet in person for rehearsals.
We will be meeting at Ossining High School on Thursdays, as in the past. Our Junior Winds will meet from 5:00pm-6:30pm and the Senior Winds will meet from 7:00pm-9:00pm.
We will need to follow all COVID precautions that the Ossining schools have in place. Currently, this means that all students will need to wear masks at all times inside the building. While playing, students will also need covers on the bell of their instruments. YWEW will not be able to provide these, and it is expected that students provide their own. You may purchase special face masks and instrument covers in a variety of places online, or your child may be provided one by their school. A few different face masks are available for purchase here. Instrument Covers are available here. (Woodwind Players - you do not need to bag your instrument, a cover for the bell or end of the foot joint is sufficient. Flutes, we can show you how to adjust face masks to cover the lip plate area of the instrument for playing).
For the 2021-2022 school year we will not have auditions, but will take students based on the recommendation of their school band director or their private instructor. Students in the Junior Winds, grades 5-8, are expected to play at the equivalent of a NYSSMA level 2, and students in the Senior Winds, grades 9-12, are expected to play at the equivalent of a NYSSMA level 4 (you do not need to have participated in a NYSSMA festival to register for YWEW).
The registration fee for the 2021-2022 season will be $350 per student for the year. Information about paying will be available at the first rehearsal.
To register for the Junior Winds, please complete the form found here: https://forms.gle/fSkmkv6bmdMMom1y5
To register for the Senior Winds, please complete the form found here: https://forms.gle/DDXsroaRVqsU5A4r5
What we did in 2020
In the 2020-21 school year, students and the conductor worked together, utilizing Zoom video conferencing and a digital audio workstation, Soundtrap. During the meetings, students worked together in small groups, to improve their musicianship and ensemble skills by collaborating on a virtual performance. They worked to create music as a large ensemble, as well as in some chamber groups.
YOUTH WIND ENSEMBLE OF WESTCHESTER
Youth Wind Ensemble of Westchester, in Ossining, NY, Bradley Morrison, conductor, has achieved Second Place in The American Prize in Band Performance competition, 2017-18, in the youth division.
Youth Wind Ensemble of Westchester is an ensemble of highly motivated high school students interested in playing music from the Wind Ensemble/Concert Band literature. The ensemble is comprised of Woodwind, Brass, and Percussion students from all around Westchester County and represents students from over a dozen different area high schools.
Mr. Bradley Morrison is the founder, conductor, and director of YWEW. He holds a Bachelors of Music degree in Music Education from the Fredonia School of Music at SUNY Fredonia, as well as a Masters Degree and an Advanced Diploma in Educational Leadership from Mercy College and The College of New Rochelle, respectively. Mr. Morrison currently works as the Director of Cultural Arts for the Ossining Union Free School District, where he oversees the Music, Art, and Theater curricula and programs for the over 4,500 students in the Ossining Schools. Mr. Morrison is a leader in music education at the local and state level. He is the Founder of the Rivertowns Middle School Honor Band and Orchestra Festival. He is president of the Westchester County Arts Leadership Association; president of the New York State Band Director's Association, and has previously served on the executive board of the Westchester County School Music Association. Mr. Morrison maintains active membership in the New York State School Music Association and the National Association for Music Education. He is active as a clinician and guest conductor throughout the region.