Q. How do I become a member of PUWE?
A. Please go to the "How to Join" page for complete details regarding membership.
Q. Do I need to audition to become a member of PUWE?
A. Yes, but auditions are for seating purposes only. All who audition are in! Also, returning members do not need to re-audition. Auditions for new members are held during the first week of classes of both the Fall and Spring semesters and consist of an excerpt from the current season's repertorie, major and chromatic scales, and some light sightreading. Please go to the "Auditions" page for complete details.
Q. Auditions for PUWE are during the same week as those for Orchestra and Sinfonia. What if I audition for either Orchestra or Sinfonia and don't get in but still want to join PUWE?
A. As long as you are interested in PUWE, make sure you sign up for our auditions by the current semester's deadline even if other ensembles are your primary goal. Remember that our auditions are for seating purposes only. If you play a woodwind, brass, or percussion instrument, you are guarenteed a spot as long as you audition.
Q. What if I play a stringed instrument?
A. We're sorry, but the instrumentation of a wind ensemble does not include stringed instruments. However, if you are a string player, don't despair. There is a plethora of playing opportunities open to you on campus including the "Princeton University Orchestra", "Sinfonia", the Princeton University Chamber Ensemble, and many other smaller ensembles. Click here visit the music department website for a full listing.
Q. How much time commitment does PUWE entail?
A. Rehearsals, performances and individual practice time comprise the time commitment required of a PUWE member. There are two full rehearsals each week (Sundays and Thursdays 7:00-9:00 PM). Occasionally, additional rehearsals are added immediately before performances if needed. PUWE averages 3-5 major performances each year. Generally, the time commitment is greater in the spring than in the fall.
Q. Are there dues or any other fees required of PUWE members?
A. No. There are no dues or any other fees required. However, you do have to pay for PUWE gear such as T-shirts and hoodies if you want them.
Q. What kind of music does PUWE perform?
A. PUWE performs both classical and comptemporary concert band literature including Holst, Shostakovich, Persichetti, and John Williams. Recent programs include Dmitri Shostakovich's "Festive Overture," Leroy Anderson's "Bugler's Holiday," and John Williams' "Star Wars." Please go to the "Concert Programs" page for a complete repertoire.