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Symphonic Winds with Cormac Cannon

Concert Bands

USC Symphonic Winds

 The USC Symphonic Winds, under the direction of Cormac Cannon, performs music that represents a broad continuum of time periods and styles, from the core of the classic band repertoire to new and experimental works for winds and percussion. Committed to a rotational seating system and variable instrumentation, the Symphonic Winds creates for its student members a deeply meaningful musical environment with highly individualized attention.

The ensemble is comprised of students with diverse experiences from a variety of degree programs. Musicians place into the ensemble through a blind audition process each semester. Membership in the ensemble, like all bands at USC, is open to any USC student regardless of major or classification.

The USC Symphonic Winds has been featured at the College Band Directors National Association Southern Division Conferences in 2018 and 2012, 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 Symphonic Winds was recently invited to perform at the 2019 South Carolina Music Educators Association Professional Development Conference.

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:

Sunday, October 7, 2018 - 4:00 p.m.
USC Symphonic Winds Concert: West Meets East
Koger Center for the Arts
The program:

Ticheli - Pacific Fanfare

Schuman - New England Triptych
Ives/Schuman/Rhoads - Variations on “America”

Daugherty - Lost Vegas

Tuesday, November 27, 2018 - 7:30 p.m.
University Band and Symphonic Winds Concert
Koger Center for the Arts

Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 10:00 a.m.
Symphonic Winds Children's Concert: B is for Band! An Alphabetical Journey Through Music and Music Making
Koger Center for the Arts
In a concert designed for Kindergarten-2nd grade students, the Symphonic Winds and conductor Cormac Cannon explore the alphabet through music. The 50-minute program features full ensemble pieces, smaller section pieces, and audience participation as students learn about the alphabet, musical instruments, composers, and how music is created.