Dartmouth College Wind Ensemble

Dartmouth College Wind Ensemble

This 45-piece wind orchestra explores an ever-expanding concert repertoire, ranging from chamber to symphonic works.

"The shared experience of making music with this ensemble is the most exhilarating and refreshing thing I've been able to do at Dartmouth." Kevin Gillespie '15 

A select, auditioned wind ensemble of 45 members, Dartmouth College Wind Ensemble (DCWE) performs a wide variety of music from the late 19th-, 20th- and 21st-century wind-ensemble repertoire. The DCWE serves as a melting pot for the students of Dartmouth College as well as residents of the Upper Valley, sharing music with the community and communities beyond the campus through concertizing, small and large outreach projects and performances, and charitable endeavors that bring the gift of music and music-making to all who welcome it.

The DCWE rehearses Mondays, 5 to 7 pm, Spaulding Auditorium (full ensemble); and Wednesdays, 6 to 9 pm, Hartman Rehearsal Hall (divided sectional rehearsals or full ensemble).

Audition Information and Sign-Ups:

The Wind Ensemble is now scheduling auditions

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Upcoming Concerts

Upcoming Concerts

More About DCWE

Dartmouth Wind Ensemble director Brian Messier conducting during a concert.

International Composition Competition

The Wind Ensemble launched a competition to choose up to three compositions to be premiered in New Hampshire by the ensemble in the 2020-21 academic year and performed in Mexico during a 2021 tour of that nation!


What do I need to do to prepare for an audition?

One solo selection or study etude of your choice that best displays your current playing ability—at least four minutes of music

All major scales and a chromatic scale through the complete range of your instrument

Sight-reading will also be included on all auditions

Percussionists: please prepare samples of your playing on at least two instruments highlighting your strongest skills in the percussion section. No scales will be required, but sight-reading on a variety of instruments will be requested.

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DCWE to Record Commissioned Work

On Sunday, November 3rd, DCWE will be recording the commissioned work Symphony for Winds "Dartmouth" by Oliver Caplan '04. Stay tuned to find out when and where you can listen!

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Brian Messier named new director of DCWE

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