The KSU Wind Ensemble
Formed in 1996, the Kennesaw State University Wind Ensemble performs a diverse repertoire encompassing large works for band, wind ensemble repertoire, and chamber music. The KSU Wind Ensemble continues to lead in supporting and creating consortiums for the development of new music, which have included the creation of new works by Steven Bryant, Michael Markowski, Joel Puckett, James Stephenson, Christopher Theofanidis, and an upcoming commission by Pulitzer Prize winner, Joseph Schwantner. In addition, leading composers including Chen Yi, and Pulitzer Prize winner David Lang have visited and worked directly with the Ensemble and its students.
Because of KSU’s continued close relationship with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Georgia Symphony Orchestra and Atlanta Opera Orchestra, collaborations and performances have resulted with many of those principal players. The KSU Wind Ensemble continues to serve as an important musical voice in the Atlanta Metropolitan area, and has been featured frequently on 90.1 FM (WABE- Atlanta public radio), and has garnered praise from leading composers including Jennifer Higdon, Karel Husa, David Lang, David Maslanka, Scott McAllister, and others. In 2012, the KSU Wind Ensemble was a featured ensemble and hosted the Southern Division College Band Directors /National Band Association Conference. In 2013, the KSU Wind Ensemble was the Winner for the American Prize for best wind ensemble/concert band performance.