Winnipeg Youth Wind Ensemble
Established in 2016, Winnipeg Youth Wind Ensemble (WYWE) strives to provide young dedicated wind, brass, and percussion musicians with a meaningful musical community and opportunities for personal musical growth.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Winnipeg Youth Wind Ensemble (WYWE)?
The instruments that make up WYWE include flute/piccolo, oboe, clarinet, bass clarinet, bassoon, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone, trumpet, french horn, trombone, euphonium, tuba, and percussion. There may also be opportunities for WYWE musicians who also play piano. WYWE is a dedicated group of young musicians who value ensemble music making at a high standard.
Why should I join WYWE?
WYWE is for musicians who want to raise their standard of performance on their instrument and as an ensemble musician. It is an opportunity to rehearse and perform in an honour band-like environment, receive high-level instruction from clinicians in sectionals and rehearsals, and develop relationships with like-minded musicians throughout the academic year.
Who can participate in WYWE?
Musicians who play a band instrument and are between grades 7 and 10 may ask their school band director or private lesson teacher for a recommendation to join WYWE. Musicians should have at least one year of experience on their instrument and be in good standing in their school band program or in their private lesson studio.
What kind of commitment does WYWE require of its musicians?
Musicians are responsible for learning their music prior to rehearsals, which requires individual practice and listening outside of rehearsal time. Rehearsals are 2 hours per week, and the 3 concert days will involve at least a 30 minute dress rehearsal plus the length of the concert. Musicians should plan to arrive in the rehearsal room at least 10 minutes prior to the start time to allow for room and instrument set up and a brief warm up. Musicians are expected to be in their chairs ready to start exactly on time at all rehearsals and performances.
Is there a time commitment for families of WYWE musicians?
Family members are not required to attend WYWE rehearsals, but may be asked to volunteer for various tasks at performances or other WYWE events. Supporting your WYWE musician includes arranging transportation to and from rehearsals and performances on time and with all materials, and assisting with development and maintenance of practice routines at home.
When and where are WYWE rehearsals?
WYWE rehearsals are on Mondays 7:00-9:00 pm at the University of Manitoba (Tache Arts Complex, room T2-145) between mid-September and the beginning of May. There are no rehearsals on school holiday Mondays.
How many concerts does WYWE perform and when are they?
WYWE typically performs three concerts per academic year: mid-November, mid-February, and late-April. Concerts are usually held in a different venue to rehearsals and are open to the public and will have a silver collection or charge admission.
How do I join WYWE?
Musicians interested in joining WYWE will need a recommendation from their school band director or private lesson teacher. To learn more, attend the open house at the University of Manitoba on Monday, June 13, 2022 6:30-8:30 pm in room T2-145. Please have your school band director or private lesson teacher contact WYWE for a registration form link at firstname.lastname@example.org
What are the costs of being part of WYWE?
The registration fee to participate in WYWE is $160 for the 2022-2023 season. This fee covers the costs of music, rehearsal and concert venues, clinician fees and the director’s fee. The fee can be paid by cheque, cash, or e-transfer.
Michelle Styles (she/her) is in her 11th year as a music educator, the artistic director of the Winnipeg Youth Wind Ensemble, and is very excited to be pursuing a Master of Music degree at the University of Manitoba in Wind Conducting in Fall 2022 with Dr. Jacquie Dawson. She has taught all ages in both rural and urban schools across Saskatchewan, and since 2017 at École Sage Creek School in Winnipeg. As a trumpet player, she has enjoyed the opportunity to perform with many different ensembles, including the Saskatoon Brass Bands, Queen City Brass Band, Winnipeg Wind Ensemble, East Side Jazz, and the Mennonite Community Orchestra. Michelle and her husband, composer Pete Meechan, love taking their two miniature dachshunds for walks, watching Jets games and Liverpool matches, cooking great food, and enjoying live music in their free time.
To join, WYWE participants must be in grade 7-10, have at least one year of experience on their instrument, and be in good standing in their school band program or private lesson studio. Interested musicians and their families can click the "get in touch" button below to learn more about how to participate.
Mondays 7:00pm - 9:00pm (September 26, 2022- May 1, 2023)
University of Manitoba (Tache Arts Complex, T2-145 large ensemble room)
First rehearsal of the 2022-2023 Season **POSTPONED**: University of Manitoba, Tache Arts Complex room T2-145, Monday, September 26, 2022, 7:00-9:00 pm
**Open to new and registered participants and their families and/or teachers**
Oct. 3, 17, 24, 31
Nov. 7, 28
Dec. 5, 12
Jan. 9, 16, 23, 30
Feb. 6, 27
Mar. 6, 13, 20
Apr. 3, 10, 17
Concert #1: University of Manitoba, Tache Arts Complex room T2-145, Monday, November 14, 2022, 7:30 pm
Concert #2: Location TBC, Sunday, February 12, 2023 (with Winnipeg Wind Ensemble)
Concert #3: Location TBC, Monday, April 24, 2023 7:30 pm
WYWE Code of Conduct
All participants must read and agree to the WYWE Code of Conduct prior to joining.
WYWE Consent, Waiver, and Release of Liability
All participants and their parents/guardians must read and agree to the WYWE Consent, Waiver, and Release of Liability prior to joining