Enrollment will remain open until January 11, 2017 - the first rehearsal, Wednesday, January 18, 2017.
Not enough "play" time in school? If you enjoy playing your instrument and would like to have some fun and play more often, then this is for you!
- Application for Junior NEYWE (online registration)
- Refer a Friend! Receive a $25 discount for friend referrals. Details on our application page!
The UMass Lowell New England Junior Youth Wind Ensemble is for students enrolled in grades six through nine who have played their instrument for at least one year. The UMass Lowell Department of Music offers this ensemble to meet the growing demand for a program for younger instrumentalists. Similar to the very successful New England Youth Wind Ensemble, this new program (NEYWE Jr.) is under the baton of a conductor from the University's Department of Music, with additional instruction from college students majoring in music.
Repertoire is chosen from a variety of periods and styles, suited to the proficiency level of the participants. Emphasis is on the highest quality of performance and the development of ensemble technique.
Come join us! A concert ensemble such as this provides a unique opportunity for students to perform with peers from local school systems. Working together to further their musicianship, students will have the chance to learn and grow.
In 2010 and 2011 Director Deb Huber, recipient of the University of Massachusetts Roy J. Zuckerberg Endowed Leadership Prize, commissioned a work for the Junior Wind Ensemble from composers Ed Huckeby and Robert Sheldon. Supported in part by the Lowell Cultural Council and the Zuckerberg Prize, the world premiere of both works specifically written for the ensemble, took place at UMass Lowell's Durgin Hall.
We would like to have a sense as to how you play in order to seat you properly. The best pieces to prepare are junior district level pieces from any year. Talk with your band director or call University Music at 978-453-6488 to obtain "seating placement" pieces. Choose a piece that you are comfortable with and that shows your skill level.
- Tuesday, January 10 from 3 - 8 p.m.
- Friday, January 13 from 3 - 8 p.m.
All students will play for the conductor's panel so its members can determine the best seating placement. Students who have earned a seat in any junior district ensemble will be automatically accepted to the ensemble. However, they need to play for seating placement as well. A solo work or a band part will be acceptable. Students preparing for junior districts are encouraged to perform such selections.
2017 Rehearsal Schedule
Rehearsals take place on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5 to 6:15 p.m. at the UMass Lowell Concert Hall. The ensemble begins at the end of January and goes through April, with a concert Thursday April 28 at 7:30 p.m. We will not meet during Massachusetts public school vacations, or the Wednesday of UMass Lowell's March spring break.
- Dress rehearsal: Wednesday April 26 (from 5- 6:15 p.m. no need to be in concert attire)
- Concert: Thursday, April 27 at 7:30 p.m. - students arrive at 6:20 p.m.
Dress: ladies - all black (closed toe shoes), gents: black pants and jacket, tie, socks, shoes with white shirt (college students - tuxedo).
The ensemble costs $175, which includes a $50 enrollment fee and $125 for tuition.
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