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Symphonic Winds with Cormac Cannon

Concert Bands

USC Symphonic Winds

USC Symphonic Winds, under the direction of Cormac Cannon, performs music that represents both traditional and contemporary genres. The ensemble is comprised of both music majors and non-majors from a wide variety of degree programs, and musicians place into the ensemble through a blind audition process each semester. Membership in the ensemble is open to USC students regardless of major or classification.

USC Symphonic Winds has been featured at the 2012 College Band Director's National Association Southern Regional Conference, the 2010 Society of Composers, Inc. International Conference, the 2009 Kappa Kappa Psi/Tau Beta Sigma Southeast District Convention, and the 2008 North American Saxophone Alliance International Convention. The ensemble has been invited to perform at University of South Carolina regional campuses as part of a continuing outreach program for the arts.

How to Join

Membership in the USC Symphonic Winds is open to all students on campus regardless of major or classification. Placement into the ensemble is determined by blind audition each semester. Auditions consist of scales, prepared pieces and sightreading. Materials are posted online prior to each audition.

Symphonic Winds Auditions

Upcoming Concerts:

February 9, 2018, 4:45 p.m.
Koger Center for the Arts
Cormac Cannon, conductor
Tonya Mitchell, guest conductor
Jennifer Parker-Harley, flute
“CBDNA Preview” - The Symphonic Winds present a preview of their performance for the College Band Directors National Association Southern Division Conference in Tampa Florida.
Percy Aldridge Grainger, ed. Kreines - Lads of Wamphray
Tonya Mitchell, guest conductor
Frank Tichelli - Silver Lining: Concerto for Flute and Wind Ensemble Premiere Performance
Jenifer Parker-Harley, flute
Ricardo Lorenz - Allegorias del Rey Mangoberry Premiere Performance

April 22, 2018 4:00 p.m.
Koger Center for the Arts
Cormac Cannon, conductor
Tonya Mitchell and Christian M. Noon, guest conductors
“Stage and Screen” - The Symphonic Winds finish their season with a program of music from a variety of movies and stage works.
John Williams, arr. Curnow - “The Cowboys” Overture
Leonard Bernstein, arr. Grundman - Candide Suite
Khachaturian, trans. Hunsberger - Three Dance Episodes from the ballet “Spartacus”
Hans Zimmer, arr. Morita - Pirates of the Caribbean
Richard Wagner, trans. Cailliet - Elsa’s Procession to the Cathedral from “Lohengrin"