Youth Wind Ensemble

Rehearsals: Mondays, 6:30-8:00 pm
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.

2023-24 Concert Dates:
Monday, December 11, 2023, @ 7:30 PM
Monday, April 29, 2024, @ 7:30 PM
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

2023-24 Auditions:

Auditions are now closed for the 2023-24 season. However, we still have openings for the following: Oboe, Bassoon, Trumpet, Euphonium, and String Bass. Interested students should email the RYWE Manager, Kira Ousey ( to inquire and set up an audition. All other interested students can also inquire about waitlist openings by emailing Kira, as there are occasional spots that open up.

Audition Requirements:

Current RYWE students do not need to re-audition.

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.


Claire Nalven, RYWE Director
Kira Ousey, RYWE Manager