WCU Wind Ensemble to perform at state music educators’ conference in Winston-Salem

WCU Wind Ensemble

WCU Wind Ensemble

Western Carolina University’s Wind Ensemble has been invited to perform Monday, Nov. 7, at the North Carolina Music Educators Association’s annual conference in Winston-Salem.

More than 1,600 educators are expected to attend the conference with three days of sessions, clinics and concerts. The association is a nonprofit with a mission to promote music as a fundamental component of education and to provide opportunities for lifelong learning by supporting teachers, students and communities in developing and fostering excellence in music.

Margaret Underwood

Margaret Underwood

Margaret Underwood, WCU director of bands and associate professor of music, will conduct the ensemble, an auditioned group of student musicians performing a challenging repertory.

Among the compositions scheduled to be performed is “Vox Populi” by Richard Danielpour and arranged by Jack Stamp, which will feature Director of Athletic Bands David Starnes as the guest conductor. “Contemplations” by Anthony Plog will feature Bradley Ulrich, WCU trumpet professor, as a guest soloist on flugelhorn.

Underwood said performing at a high-profile conference in front of colleagues and peers is a prestigious opportunity for the Wind Ensemble, and the students are looking forward to the opportunity.

For more information, contact the School of Music at 828-227-7242.