Since 2019, under the baton of the new conductor, Tania Leurquain, the NMU Symphonic Band changed its name to NMU Wind Orchestra.

This ensemble meets every Wednesday throughout the year. The wind Orchestra performs at least one Lunch Hour Concert per term and performs together with the NMU Symphony Orchestra in its very popular Showcasing concert once a year. Various weekday and weekend performances take place where the Wind Orchestra accompanies soloists and works with communities within Port Elizabeth. Most Concerts take place in the Nelson Mandela University auditorium. The Wind Orchestra also promotes music education by performing at various schools within the greater Port Elizabeth area.

The Wind Orchestra aims to offer a musical instrument ensemble training to university and affiliated students and alumni. Various musical styles are addressed which requires different techniques of the players. Latin, film music, soul, pop rock and traditional South African, to mention only a few, are styles that complement the classical training repertoire and expand the students’ understanding of interpretation. With instructor approval, some students may opt to play on their second instrument.

Students can choose this ensemble for their ensemble marks.

The Wind Orchestra also offers support for students who want to learn to conduct.

Rehearsals:

Wednesdays 15:00 - 17:00 at the Choir Room (downstairs from the auditorium)

Auditions:

Auditions for the NMUWO take place at the beginning of the academic year in February and is mandatory to join the ensemble. Due to Covid 19, the auditions might be scheduled according to the new guidelines of the department of higher education regarding the academic year 2021.

Planned Performances 2021 (not confirmed)

Due to Covid 19, public performances have been suspended during the 2020 academic year. We are looking forward to resuming our “musicking” when the Health guidelines allow.

March 2021: Rhapsody in Blue with Erika Bothma – piano

April 2021: Lunch hour concert

September 2021: Showcasing concert