Youth Wind Ensembles


Claire Nalven, conductor

The Rivers Youth Wind Ensembles program comprises two wind ensembles for students in grades 5-12. Each ensemble performs two concerts a year. Rehearsals take place on Mondays after school throughout the academic year. RYWE Junior rehearses from 5:15-6:15 p.m., and RYWE Senior rehearses from 6:30-8 p.m.

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

2024-2025 Concert Dates:
Monday, December 9 2024 @ 7:30 p.m.
Monday, April 14 2025 @ 7:30 p.m.

RYWE Junior
Rehearsals: Mondays, 5:15 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.

The Rivers Youth Wind Ensemble Junior is open to woodwind, brass and percussion students ready to tackle intermediate concert band repertoire. The ensemble is designed to provide musicians the opportunity to perform with like-minded advanced students. Students in this ensemble are comfortable playing several 2-octave scales and a chromatic scale on a large range on their instrument. Repertoire is at the Junior District level.

RYWE Senior
Rehearsals: Mondays, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

The Rivers Youth Wind Ensemble Senior is open to advanced woodwind, brass, percussion, harp, double bass, and piano students. The ensemble is designed to provide musicians the opportunity to perform the finest contemporary and traditional repertoire in an advanced wind ensemble setting. Students in this ensemble have developed their technique, possess a high degree of musicianship, and maintain a mature sound. Repertoire is at the Senior District level.

Important Links:
2024-20245 Rehearsal Schedule
RYWE Handbook
Past Concert Programs

2024-25 Auditions

Auditions are now closed for the 24-25 season. However, there are still ensemble openings for the following instruments:

Junior Ensemble: All instruments

Senior Ensemble: Bassoon, Tenor Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Trombone, and Euphonium

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 Ms. Ousey, as there are occasional spots that open up. 


Claire Nalven, RYWE Director
Kira Ousey, RYWE Manager