Westchester Symphonic Winds “We’re Still Working!” Webinar on November 8 at 3:00 pm
November 8 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
The Westchester Symphonic Winds (WSW) has, like all performing ensembles, been on hiatus during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, this award-winning ensemble has been active during the shut down. WSW has been making plans for the time when rehearsals can resume on the stage at Tarrytown Music Hall, where this award-winning community wind band is an ensemble-in residence.
The band has been meeting biweekly since March on the Zoom platform, to gather socially and support one another. As a part of the community outreach plan of its mission statement, Curt Ebersole, conductor/music director, formed a Band Directors Group forum on Zoom for member directors, and extended an open invitation to band directors in Westchester, Rockland, Fairfield, and New York City to join us to discuss all types of issues surrounding the music education community during this challenging time.
In order to reach out directly to our faithful audience members, and invite others to experience the best of American community band performance, WSW has planned a webinar in place of its annual Fall Concert, on Sunday, November 8 at 3:00 pm. This virtual meeting, “WSW – We’re Still Working,” will feature the plans the band has for the future, including our exciting commission project with composer Michael Markowski, who will be a featured guest during the webinar. Highlights of musical selections of future performances will be discussed. Testimonials from current members and past guest artists will also be prominent during this hour-long webinar.
The link for guests to join will be published on our main website, www.westchestersymphonicwinds.org, prior to the event. Everyone currently on our mailing list will also receive a direct invitation. You can also join the mailing list to receive the link by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Westchester Symphonic Winds earned a first, a second, and a third place honor in the 2018-2019 American Prize competition. The American Prize (TAP) is our nation’s most comprehensive series of contests in the classical arts. These honors were announced as WSW began its 32nd season of performances in Westchester County last November. WSW placed First in the Band/Wind Ensemble category, Community division. Curt Ebersole, WSW conductor, placed Second in the Band/Wind Ensemble Conductor category, Community division. Finally, WSW placed Third in the Band/Wind Ensemble category, Community division for the Ernst Bacon Memorial Award, for the performance of an American composition; WSW earned this particular recognition for its performance of Brooklyn Bridge, by Michael Daugherty, with clarinet soloist Steve Cohen. This Win-Place-Show standing is a unique distinction of pride for the ensemble. As noted on their website, “The American Prize is nonprofit, unique in scope and structure, and is designed to evaluate, recognize and reward the best performers, ensembles and composers in the United States based on submitted recordings. There is no live competition. The American Prize has attracted hundreds of qualified contestants from all fifty states since its founding, has awarded more than $60,000 in prizes in all categories since 2010, and is presented annually in many areas of the performing arts.”
The 60-member band is made up of individuals dedicated to performing and sharing the concert band tradition with Westchester audiences, and includes music educators, doctors, lawyers, engineers, bankers, and professionals from diverse backgrounds. In residence at Tarrytown Music Hall, the Westchester Symphonic Winds has also performed for sold-out audiences in the Venetian Theater at the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts in Katonah. The band was featured in a New York Times article in October 2015, as well as in Teaching Music, the official magazine of the National Association for Music Education.
Westchester Symphonic Winds is a 501(c)3 charitable organization and exists through the generosity of its supporters. Contributions may be sent to Westchester Symphonic Winds, Box 485, 333 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains, New York 10605.