MIT Wind Ensemble

 

Dr. Fred Harris, Jr., Director 

Kenneth Amis, Assistant Conductor

 

MIT Wind Ensemble may be taken for credit:  21M.426

You are encouraged to take MITWE for credit, but it is not necessary in order to participate.

ABOUT THE MIT WIND ENSEMBLE 

Founded by Music Director Dr. Frederick Harris, Jr. in the fall of 1999, the MIT Wind Ensemble (MITWE) is one of the most innovated such ensembles of its kind. Comprised primarily of outstanding MIT undergraduates and graduate students studying a wide range of disciplines within science, engineering, and the humanities. Repertoire includes outstanding traditional works and new music for full wind ensemble, chamber winds, brass ensemble, percussion ensemble, and woodwind ensembles. MITWE has commissioned 45 original works from many prominent composers. MIT Affiliated Artist, renowned composer, and tuba player of the Empire Brass, Kenneth Amis, is the Assistant Conductor of MITWE. 

MITWE has been featured on NPR and was the subject of the 2014 Emmy-winning documentary Awakening: Evoking the Arab Spring Through Music, aired on PBS. MITWE is also featured in the 2019 Emmy-nominated documentary The Great Clarinet Summit, and Call and Response: Creativity at MIT.  MITWE’s joint recording with the MIT Festival Jazz Ensemble, Infinite Winds, received a five-star review from DownBeat and was chosen by the magazine as one of its “Best Albums of 2015 Five-Star Masterpieces” — the first such recognition of its kind for a collegiate wind ensemble. The Boston Globe called the recording “one of the most compelling of 2015.”  

Throughout its 21-year history, MITWE has collaborated with elementary, middle and high school students throughout Massachusetts. In March of 2019, MITWE embarked on its first tour, spending a week in the Dominican Republic, presenting four concerts, many STEAM presentations for middle, high school and college students, and premiering the eco-music piece In Praise Of The Humpback.   

In May of 2020, MITWE had the honor of opening MIT’s virtual Commencement with To The Light, To The Flame. MITWE also participated in MIT’s 2021 virtual Commencement, performing Diary Of A Pandemic Year.

 

REHEARSALS

M/W, 7-9:30pm, Kresge Auditorium

 

CONCERTS

Fall 2021

Friday, October 29: MIT's Annual Family Weekend Concert

Saturday, November 6: Brazilian Project (MITWE as guest)

Friday, December 3: 7th Annual Prism Concert

Spring 2022

Saturday, March 12: MITWE Spring Concert

Friday, April 8: MIT's Annual Campus Preview Concert (MITWE as guest)

Sunday, April 24: MITWE Concert, 3pm

Saturday, May 7: It Must Be Now (MITWE as guest)

 

AUDITIONS

Dr. Frederick Harris, Music Director (fharris@mit.edu)

Auditions for new and returning members are by appointment only during the first week pf the semester. MIT and Wellesley College students may take MITWE for 6 units of credit. MIT community members and non-MIT community members also are welcome to audition. If for some reason you are not able to audition the first week of the semester, contact Dr. Harris (fharris@mit.edu) directly to set up a time or to ask any questions.

There are four parts to the audition:

1. Chromatic scale through your entire range.

2. Sight-reading.

3. Two short contrasting sections of any solo(s) or etude(s) of your choice that demonstrate your musicianship. Your choices should include passages that are slow and lyrical and ones that demonstrate your technical facility.  Percussionists, NOTE: For this portion of the audition you are encouraged (but not required) to play at least two of the three major percussion instruments (timpani, mallet instrument, snare drum). Timpani auditions will include basic tuning, snare drum auditions will include basic rudiments, and mallet auditions will include scales.

4. Prepare the posted pieces appropriate to your instrument here. You will be asked to play excerpts from Early Light by Carolyn Bremer. In some cases, you have choices as to which part to prepare (for example, horn 1 or horn 4). Percussionists, there are three excepts (Mallets, Timpani, Snare). Only prepare two of these; your choice as to which two.

  • To hear a recording of Early Light, go here
  • To see/hear an analysis of Early Light, go here

The whole audition will be approximately 15 minutes. Flutists who would like to play piccolo should prepare the piccolo excerpt and oboists who would like to play English horn should prepare the English horn excerpt.

*Note: students who register for an audition will be given access to the 4-260 practice room suite during the week leading up to auditions. You will receive an email from the Events Office with more information at that time.

If you have any questions/concerns or need assistance with any facet of the audition, have questions about MITWE, need access to an instrument, etc., Dr. Fred Harris (fharris@mit.edu).

 

Register for MIT Wind Ensemble Audition Here

Register for MITWE Percussion Audition Here