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Junior Wind Ensemble at UMass Lowell

The UMass Lowell New England Junior Wind Ensemble brings together talented middle school musicians from New England with college students from the UMass Lowell Department of Music

NEYWE Clarinetists 2019 Photo by DNHuber
Musicians perform alongside music mentors.

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!

Details for our current concert as well as enrollment for next year's program are found below. You can also find out more about our ensemble and our repertoire, including specially commissioned works!

We know how important music and community are, how music brings us together and unties us in a common desire to create and share art. It's a social endeavor and one which we've discovered to be even more dear to us in the absence of that connection in our current environment. As the pandemic continues into the winter and our isolation is more pronounced, we encourage all of our members to join us in next semester's rehearsals, whether virtual or hybrid. This will not be our new normal - it's our temporary abnormal, but it's a way we can make music together, can build new skill sets and use new approaches that will forever inform our ways of making music.

Our rehearsals - whether virtual or on campus will be held from 5 - 6 p.m. If on campus we are in the Durgin Hall Concert Hall at UMass Lowell. If virtual, we will still be performing on instruments - just at home. We will use zoom, soundtrap, garageband and whatever other free tools are available to us to help make our music heard.

We will be performing a significant work with our Senior ensemble, Concert Band and guest vocalists. Our music mentor college students will coach students -- and participants will benefit with small group work. We hope you will join us and can't wait to see you at the end of January!

If we are on campus, the following schedule would apply:


Friday April 30, 2021 at 7:30 p.m. at Durgin Concert Hall.

  • On April 30, 2021 students should arrive early for warm-up (approx. 6 p.m. or later). Specific information (concert dress) and exact times are provided at rehearsals.
  • Sound check and a brief rehearsal will follow until 7:05 p.m.
  • Guests may enter the hall after 7:05 p.m. for our 7:30 p.m. concert



Rehearsals are Mondays from 5-6 p.m. from January 25 - April 26.

  • First Rehearsal: Monday, January 25 (MLK day) arrive15 minutes early to the UMass Lowell Concert Hall (or we will start virtually)
  • Enrollment will remain open through Feb 15
  • We WILL rehearse on President's Day in February.

Application for Junior NEYWE (Online Registration)

Refer a Friend! Receive a $25 discount for friend referrals. Details are on our application page!

About The Ensemble

The UMass Lowell New England Junior Youth Wind Ensemble is for students enrolled in grades 6 through 9 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.

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.

Our 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.

In 2010 and 2011 Director Deb Huber, recipient of the University of Massachusetts Roy J. Zuckerberg Endowed Leadership Prize, commissioned works 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.

All Students

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.

Ensemble Placement

Placement occurs on two dates in early January. For dates & time choices please email:

Details: 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.