Youth Wind Ensemble

Rehearsals: Mondays, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Claire Nalven, conductor


The Rivers Youth Wind Ensemble is open to all middle and high school-age (grades 6–12) woodwind, brass, percussion, harp, double bass, and piano students. The ensemble is designed to provide middle and high school musicians the opportunity to perform the finest contemporary and traditional repertoire in an advanced wind ensemble setting.

Students who currently participate in RYWE are also encouraged to register for Summer Band. RYWE musicians do not need to audition for Summer Band.

2023-24 Concert Dates:
Monday, December 11, 2023, @ 8:00 p.m.
Monday, April 29, 2024, @ 7:30 p.m.
Both concerts are taking place in Kraft Dining Hall on The Rivers School campus.

Important Links:
2023-2024 Rehearsal Schedule
RYWE Handbook
Past Concert Programs

2024-25 Auditions

Auditions for the 2024-25 RYWE season will take place Monday, May 13 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Auditions are in 5-minute slots. Please sign-up for an audition by clicking the button below:

Audition Sign-Ups Here

If you are not able to attend this audition date, please contact Kira Ousey ( to arrange an alternate audition opportunity.

Audition Requirements:

Current RYWE students do not need to re-audition.

Woodwinds and Brass:
Students should prepare a piece that best showcases their ability: pieces should be at the junior or senior districts level or higher. Students should also prepare 2 major scales of their choice and a chromatic scale. Scales should showcase the student’s range and ability. For scale level reference, see the Eastern Junior District Scale Requirements.

Students must audition in at least two of the following areas:
– Mallets: 2 major scales in 2 octaves, solo that demonstrates ability
– Timpani: Tuning to given pitches, solo that demonstrates ability
– Snare: Long Roll (open-closed-open), Single Stroke Roll, solo that demonstrates ability


Claire Nalven, RYWE Director
Kira Ousey, RYWE Manager