Penn Wind Ensemble

The Penn Wind Ensemble has been actively performing on the Penn campus for over 30 years. Comprised of musicians from the entire Penn community, the Penn Wind Ensemble performs a wide range of repertoire drawing on newly composed works for wind band as well as on works from the core wind repertoire. The ensemble also regularly performs works for varied instrumentation, including wind quintets and chamber configurations. The Penn Wind Ensemble rehearses and performs in historic Irvine Auditorium on Penn’s Campus.

Director’s Bio

The 2012-13 season marks Brad Smith’s tenth year as Music Director of the Penn Symphony Orchestra and Penn Wind Ensemble. Dr. Smith is also in his seventh season as Music Director of the Delaware County (PA) Youth Orchestra. Originally trained as a trumpeter, Smith holds degrees from The University of Texas at Austin and Stephen F. Austin State University. His primary teachers were Kevin Noe, Jerry Junkin and Kevin Sedatole.

Dr. Smith recently served as guest conductor on the faculty of the American Festival for the Arts and is active as a clinician and adjudicator in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Texas. He has conducted a program featuring the music of Samuel Barber for the award-winning arts program “The Front Row” on Houston PBS affiliate KUHF. Smith has written on the topic of programming philosophies and has a strong interest in the promotion of living composers. Dr. Smith maintains professional memberships in the College Orchestra Directors Association, League of American Orchestras, College Music Society, and the Conductors Guild. He and his wife Becki have two daughters, Emily and Heather.

Rehearsal Schedule

Mondays and Thursdays, 8:00-9:45pm; Irvine Auditorium.

Upcoming Performances

Schedule TBA. Please check back later.