Wind Studies

The Wind Studies program at Gustavus is one of the most dynamic and creative in the nation. Under the guidance of Scott Moore, Karrin Meffert-Nelson, James Patrick Miller, and Heidi Johanna Miller, our programis centered on the core ideals of the liberal arts. The Wind Studies program features a wind variety of ensembles with varying levels of time commitment and styles of repertoire. Our two large ensembles are the storied Gustavus Wind Orchestra, a flexible wind ensemble, and the Gustavus Wind Symphony, a traditional large symphonic wind ensemble.

The program contains the Gustavus Chamber Winds, a traditional Harmonie ensemble, the Gustavus Brass Choir, and the Christ Chapel Brass Quintet, providing brass performers with both chamber and large ensemble performance opportunities. Our program also features the Greater Gustavus Bassoon Guild, Trombone Choir, Tuba/Euphonium Ensemble, and many ad hoc small brass and woodwind trios, quartets, and quintets.

Open to all students of all majors, if you love band and chamber music, we have a place for you to create a musical home in our Wind Studies program. We welcome you! Auditions take place at the beginning of the fall each year. However, you are welcome to contact James Patrick Miller (, Karrin Meffert-Nelson (, or Heidi Johanna Miller ( at any time to inquire about becoming involved in our program.

Recorded Spring 2019, Love Among the Ruins, by James Syler

Performed by the Gustavus Wind Orchestra under the direction of Dr. James Patrick Miller.

Soloist: Dr. Justin Knoepfel, viola

Additional soloists:
Emma Silber, alto flute
Natalie Johnson, oboe
Austyn Menk, piano

Wind Ensembles


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