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.


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.



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



Fall 2022

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

Friday, December 2: 8th Annual Prism Concert

Spring 2023

Saturday, March 11: MITWE Spring Concert

Friday, April 14: MIT's Annual Campus Preview Concert (MITWE as guest)

Sunday, April 22: MITWE Concert



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

Auditions for Fall 2022 participation in MIT Wind Ensemble (21M.426) are Sept. 1-9. Auditions are also held Spring 2023 but students are encouraged to audition in the fall for participation for the full AY.  Accepted students may take MITWE for credit (6 units) but may also participate not for credit.  MITWE is comprised of MIT undergraduate and graduate students but all local college students, MIT community members, and non-MIT community members are welcome to audition.  The audition will take approximately 15 minutes.  Pianists, string bassists, and harpists interested in participating in MITWE should contact Dr. Harris. 

First MITWE rehearsal of the Fall semester will be Monday, September 12, 7:00-9:30pm, Kresge Auditorium.


WIND PLAYERS: Register for MITWE Audition Here

PERCUSSIONISTS: Register for MITWE Audition Here


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 these pieces. 

Woodwinds: Lincolnshire Posy (Mvt. 4)  

Sample recording here

NOTE:  Clarinets may choose either Clar. 1 or Clar. 2

Flutists also interested in piccolo should prepare the piccolo part. Oboists also interested in English Horn should prepare English Horn part. 

Brass:  First Suite in Eb (Mvts. 1 & 3).  

Sample recording here

NOTE:  Trumpets may choose either Cornet 1 or Cornet 2; Horns may choose either Horn 1 or Horn 2;  Trombones may choose any part

Percussion:  Prepare at least two of the following:

Timpani:  First Suite in Eb (Mvts. 1 & 3)

Sample recording here

Snare Drum:  Knomery   

Sample recording here

NOTE:  You may prepare either page 1 or page 2

Xylophone:  Knomery   

Sample recording here

NOTE:  Prepare ms. 49-65 & ms. 138-171


If you have any questions regarding audition sign-ups or need access to an instrument, contact Jacob Means (jmeans@mit.edu).  If you have any questions about auditions/MITWE in general, contact Dr. Fred Harris (fharris@mit.edu).

Note: students who register for an audition will be given access to the MTA 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. Percussionists will be given access to the Kresge Percussion Studio.