Symphonic Winds

The CWRU Symphonic Winds, under direction of Dr. Ryan Scherber, is the University concert band open to all CWRU & CIM undergraduate and graduate wind, brass and percussion players by audition (see below for more detailed information).  An audition is required for seating and section placement each academic year.

This exceptional group of students is comprised of both music majors and non-majors.  Symphonic Winds is dedicated to the performance of the most advanced repertoire written for the wind band medium.  They rehearse 90 minutes per week on Monday and Wednesday evening from 7:00 to 8:30 pm and generally perform two to three concerts each semester.

Syllabus and Course Calendar:




  • When are auditions?
    • Auditions for NEW MEMBERS during Spring Semester 2020 will occur Sunday, January 12th beginning at 4:00 PM.  Audition signups are posted below.  Members enrolled during Fall Semester 2019 will not need to re-audition.
  • But I want to audition for orchestra, where is that signup?
    • All wind and percussion players audition for Symphonic Winds and each semester a select list of wind and percussionists from those who audition will be assigned to play in orchestra and may be asked to rotate between both ensembles as needed.
      • Orchestra assignments for the entirety of academic year 2019-2020 are assigned based on Fall 2019 auditions and already completed.
  • When is the first rehearsal?
    • The first rehearsal for Spring Semester will be held on Monday, January 13, 2020 promptly at 7:00 PM (auditions occur the day before)
  • How do I register for the course?
    • Request course (MUEN-383, Section 100) permission in the CWRU Student Information System (SIS).  Course permission will be granted after an audition has been completed during the first week of school.  Permission requests will remain pending until the end of audition week
  • What is the difference between registering for 0, .5, or 1 credits?
    • This is a personal choice based upon each student’s available credit load and preferences
  • Are instruments available?
    • CWRU will provide all percussion for those students enrolled in our ensembles.  Specialty and large instruments are available on a limited basis for use by those enrolled in our ensembles.
      • Those individuals wishing to check-out a school-owned instrument should contact Ms. Summer Canter, Coordinator of Ensemble Operations:
  • Where are practice rooms?
    • Practice rooms are available in the Wade/Denison Complex during posted open hours on a first-come, first-served basis
  • Is instrument storage available?
  • When does Symphonic Winds perform?
    • The Symphonic Winds 2019-2020 Performance Calendar is available and posted above. Please mark these dates in your calendar now to avoid conflicts.


  • Woodwinds & Brass:
    • All wind players are asked to prepare two excerpts, one technical and one lyrical, that demonstrate technical facility, musicality, and overall control of the instrument.  Each selection should be approximately 2-3 minutes in duration.
    • Major or minor scales may be asked at the discretion of the adjudicator and should be performed articulated over two octaves as possible.
  • Percussion:
    • Percussionists should plan to prepare both a mallet (four-hands if possible) excerpt as well as a snare excerpt.  Students are also encouraged to prepare a timpani excerpt should they wish to be assigned timpani parts during the course of the academic year.
    • Scales and rudiments may be asked at the discretion of the adjudicator
  • Audition Signup: The link to signup for an audition time slot is posted below for anyone wishing to join SW.  Do note, your audition implies your participation for the entire year.  If you are only planning to participate one semester, please ensure you indicate as much at the time of your audition.