Since its inception, the Lone Star Wind Orchestra has been focused on two key priorities - providing the North Texas community with exceptional performances of wind band masterpieces and developing the next generation of wind band leaders. The Board of Trustees is excited with the launch of the LSWO Youth Winds - the next major step in expanding our focus on developing the musicianship and leadership of area band students. This new ensemble joins our successful Lone Star Kids program, which encourages middle school students to stay involved in school band programs, and our Music Changing Lives scholarship program, which encourages outstanding high school students to continue their musical development while pursuing a college education. The LSWO Youth Winds will allow gifted and talented area high school students to take their performance skills to the next level by challenging them to play professional-level concert repertoire under the direction of one of the region's greatest music educators - Dr. Bradley Kent. We believe the LSWO Youth Winds will accelerate the growth and development of the area's most promising young musicians by offering them the opportunity to interact with the outstanding musicians of the Lone Star Wind Orchestra.
The LSWO Youth Winds is made up of 60 woodwind, brass, and percussion players who are in grades 9-12. The LSWO Youth Winds is selected from the most outstanding young musicians from the North Texas community. These young musicians are placed in a professional environment that facilitates measured musical progress through regular rehearsals, sectionals, performances, and interaction with composers and other renowned musicians. Overall, the ensemble offers musicians hours per year of intense, small group sectional instruction from highly regarded professionals.
Purpose of the LSWO Youth Winds
Through rehearsal and performance of outstanding repertoire, the LSWO Youth Winds seeks to facilitate artistic and intellectual experiences for the highly-motivated young musician, which, in turn will foster creativity, cultural awareness and a life-long love of the arts.
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