YOUTH WIND ENSEMBLE OF WESTCHESTER
We are very excited to be celebrating the 13th season for the Senior Wind
ensemble, as well as the 4th 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 2022-23 School Year
A Note from Director Bradley Morrison
We are excited to announce registration for the 2022-2023 Season of the Youth Wind Ensemble of Westchester! We are especially pleased that this year will see the return of our Junior Winds for Middle School level students. As in the past, the Junior Winds will be conducted by Micah Sprague, the Band Director from Sleepy Hollow High School, and Associate conductor of the Hudson Valley Wind Ensemble. I'm happy to be returning to direct the Senior Winds.
Junior Winds (Grades 5 - 8)
Students interested in performing with the Junior Winds should play at a NYSSMA level 2, however participation in NYSSMA is not a requirement. There is no audition for the Junior Winds.
Students who would like to register for the Junior Winds can do so online here: https://forms.gle/pQG72TjKkrvtspeE8
Senior Winds (Grades 9-12)
If you have played with YWEW in the past, you do not need to provide an audition video. If you are new to YWEW you will need to include in the application an uploaded video of the student performing any piece that shows off their playing. Senior Winds players should play at a NYSSMA level 4 or higher level (again, NYSSMA participation is not required).
Registration and application for the Senior Winds may be done here: https://forms.gle/ZagiMXywQUCZisiU7
What we did in 2020 & 2021
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.
We returned in 2021, following all COVID safety precautions that the Ossining schools put in place.
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.