Wind Ensemble Activities
Conductor: Dr. Jamie Nix
The area of Wind Ensemble Activities at Columbus State University is directed by Dr. Jamie L. Nix, The Hal J. Gibson Distinguished Chair in Conducting. This area includes the Columbus State University's Schwob Wind Ensemble, Schwob Wind Orchestra, and the Graduate Wind Band Conducting program. The CSU Wind Ensemble is comprised of the top music majors at the Schwob School of Music. A primarily undergraduate ensemble, with most students hailing from the state of Georgia, they perform chamber and large ensemble repertoire spanning 500 years. Through collaborations with world-class performing artists and the performance of new works by highly regarded composers, the CSU Wind Ensemble has distinguished itself as a leader among university ensembles. Upcoming and recent performances include the 2018 GMEA In-Service Conference, 2015 CBDNA National Conference, the 2012 CBDNA/NBA Southern Division Conference, and the 2012 GMEA Conference. Guest soloists have included artists Joseph Alessi, George Curran, Esteli Gomez, Lindsay Kesselman, Chris Martin, the Donald Sinta Quartet, Phil Smith, Charles Vernon, John Bruce Yeh, and many others. Through the Annual Conductors Workshop, the ensembles have hosted conductors Frank Battisti, Eugene Corporon, Paula Crider, Steven Davis, Frederick Fennell, Col. Hal Gibson, Gary Green, Donald Hunsberger, Jerry Junkin, James Keene, Craig Kirchhoff, Allan McMurray, H. Robert Reynolds, Mark Scatterday, Kevin Sedatole, and Mallory Thompson. The CSU Wind Ensemble has been active in the commissioning of recent new works, including Stephen Goss's A Concerto of Colours for Guitar and Chamber Winds, Zhou Long's Ancient Echoes: Concerto for Wind Ensemble, Robert Beaser's song cycle The End of Knowing, John Mackey's Fanfare for Full Fathom Five, Paul Dooley's Point Blank, Carter Pann's Symphony for Winds, and Mason Bates' Sea Blue Circuitry. The ensemble's newest CD, Prelude, Fugue, and Riffs, will be released on the Summit label in 2017.
Commercial recordings of the CSU Wind Ensemble are available through the school or any major music dealer throughout the world including Barnes & Noble, i-Tunes, and on-line providers.
Prelude, Fugue, and Riffs - NEW CD to be released in 2017 (recorded 2011-14)
Wind Legacy - Released November 2003 - Summit Recordings - Recorded 2001-02
Journey - Released June 2004 - Summit Recordings - Recorded 2002-03
Velocity - Released November 2005 - Summit Recordings - Recorded 2003-04
Electric Dawn - Released April 2006 - Summit Recordings - Recorded 2004-05
Visions - Featuring Joseph Alessi - Released January 2008 - Summit Recordings - Recorded 2006
Synergy - Featuring John Bruce Yeh - Released November 2009 - Naxos Recordings - Recorded 2007