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Wind Ensemble - Columbus State University

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The Joyce and Henry Schwob School of Music

Wind Ensemble

Conductor: Dr. Jamie Nix

Woodwind Ensemble

The area of Wind Ensemble Activities at Columbus State University is directed by Dr. Jamie L. Nix, The Hal J. Gibson Distinguished Chair in Conducting. This area includes the Columbus State University's Schwob Wind Ensemble, Schwob Wind Orchestra, and the Graduate Wind Band Conducting program. The nationally-acclaimed Schwob Wind Ensemble is comprised of the top music majors at the Schwob School of Music and perform chamber and large ensemble repertoire spanning 500 years. Through collaborations with world-class performing artists and the performance of new works by highly regarded composers, the Schwob Wind Ensemble has distinguished itself as a leader among university ensembles. Recent performances include the 2018 GMEA In-Service Conference, 2015 CBDNA National Conference, the 2012 CBDNA/NBA Southern Division Conference, the 2012 GMEA Conference, and a 2019 collaboration with the Atlanta Youth Wind Symphony. Guest soloists have included artists Joseph Alessi, George Curran, Esteli Gomez, Timothy Jones, Lindsay Kesselman, Chris Martin, Hilá Plitmann, the Donald Sinta Quartet, Phil Smith, the Up/Down Percussion Quartet, Charles Vernon, John Bruce Yeh, and many others. Through the Annual Conductors Workshop, the ensembles have hosted conductors Frank Battisti, Scott Boerma, Robert Carnochan, Eugene Corporon, Paula Crider, Steven Davis, Frederick Fennell, Col. Hal Gibson, Gary Green, Donald Hunsberger, Jerry Junkin, James Keene, Craig Kirchhoff, Allan McMurray, H. Robert Reynolds, Mark Scatterday, Kevin Sedatole, Mallory Thompson, and Damon Talley. The Schwob Wind Ensemble has been active in the commissioning of recent new works, including Zhou Long's Ancient Echoes: Concerto for Wind Ensemble, Omar Thomas's Come Sunday, Stephen Goss's A Concerto of Colours for Guitar and Chamber Winds, Robert Beaser's song cycle The End of Knowing, John Mackey's Fanfare for Full Fathom Five, Roger Zare's Mare Tranquilitatis, Paul Dooley's Point Blank, Nico Muhly's Reliable Sources, Michael Daugherty's Songs from a Silent Land, Mason Bates' Sea Blue Circuitry, and Carter Pann's Symphony for Winds.

Wind Ensemble/Wind Orchestra Cumulative Repertoire, 2010-present (PDF)

Master of Music Performance (Wind Conducting)

Graduate Wind Band Conducting Program

Columbus State University Schwob School of Music offers a Master of Music Performance degree in Wind Band Conducting. The two-year program is designed to prepare conductors in effective musical leadership at the public school or academic/professional level. Emphasis is placed on musical communication from the podium, score study of the finest wind band and chamber winds repertoire, and advanced conducting gesture and movement.

As there is only one athletic band (basketball), and only two graduate conductors at any one time, students have abundant podium time with both the Wind Ensemble and Wind Orchestra. They will assist director of bands in all aspects of the program, including the annual Conductors Workshop, daily ensemble management, conducting classes, social media, recording sessions, and off-site performances.

  • Bachelor's degree in Music Performance or Music Education (Instrumental)
  • Public school teaching experience is highly desired
  • Acceptance to the CSU Graduate School and Schwob School of Music (no G.R.E. requirement)

Graduate Assistantship Award includes full In-State or Out-of-State tuition waiver, plus a modest stipend for the two-year program, and an additional Spring stipend for basketball pep band.

  1. Contact Dr. Nix ( as early as possible to inform of your interest
    in the program
  2. Apply to both the Columbus State University Graduate School and Schwob School of Music
  3. Submit the materials below by December 10 in the year prior to anticipated start date
    • Private link (YouTube or other) of a twenty-minute conducting video (front view), that
      includes some rehearsal and performance footage
    • Your list of the Top 25 "Best Works for Wind Band"
    • Two-page paper demonstrating your musical insight and analysis of one of the following
      works: Hindemith, Symphony in B-flat (Mvt. I), or Strauss Serenade in E-flat, Op. 7.
    • Three letters of recommendation
    • Current C.V. or Resume, along with a List of Works Conducted

Dr. Jamie L. Nix | Director of Wind Ensemble Activities | Professor of Music
The Hal J. Gibson Distinguished Chair in Conducting
Schwob School of Music | Columbus State University
4225 University Avenue | Columbus, GA 31907
(706) 649-7252 | office


Commercial recordings of the Schwob Wind Ensemble are available through the school or through major online providers and music services.

  • Prelude, Fugue, and Riffs
  • Released 2017, Summit Records
  • Recorded 2011–2014

  • Wind Legacy
  • Released November 2003, Summit Recordings
  • Recorded 2001–02

  • Journey
  • Released June 2004, Summit Recordings
  • Recorded 2002–03

  • Velocity
  • Released November 2005, Summit Recordings
  • Recorded 2003–04

  • Electric Dawn
  • Released April 2006, Summit Recordings
  • Recorded 2004–05

  • Visions (featuring Joseph Alessi)
  • Released January 2008, Summit Recordings
  • Recorded 2006

  • Synergy (featuring John Bruce Yeh)
  • Released November 2009, Naxos Recordings
  • Recorded 2007

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