The USC Symphonic Winds is one of three concert bands at the University of South Carolina. The ensemble is comprised of both music majors and non-majors from a wide variety of degree programs. Musicians place into the ensemble through a “blind” audition process each semester, and membership in the ensemble is open to students across the campus, regardless of major or classification.
Formally known as the Concert Band, the USC Symphonic Winds is under the direction of Rebecca Phillips and performs literature that represents both traditional and contemporary genres. The standard yearly concert series features five concerts, including two stand-alone performances during the Fall semester at the Koger Center for the Arts and three concerts during the Spring semester. Spring semester concerts showcase performances for the annual USC Band Clinic in February, a performance in the Koger Center for the Arts in early April, and the annual Concert in the Park, held outdoor in April at the historic Horseshoe on campus.
Most recently, the Symphonic Winds has been featured at the 2012 College Band Director’s National Association Southern Regional Conference, the 2010 Society of Composers, Inc. International Conference, the 2009 Kappa Kappa Psi/Tau Beta Sigma Southeast District Convention, and the 2008 North American Saxophone Alliance International Convention. In addition, the ensemble has been invited to perform at University of South Carolina regional campuses as part of a continuing outreach program for the arts.
How to Join
Membership in the USC Symphonic Winds is open to all students on campus regardless of major or classification. Placement into the ensemble is determined by blind audition each semester. Auditions consist of scales, prepared pieces and sightreading, and materials are posted online prior to each audition.