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The Diablo Wind Symphony is committed to offering music education and performance opportunities to Bay Area wind and percussion students.
Valley View Intermediate School, Pleasant Hill
Rehearsals start the second week in September.
Rehearsals are Mondays, 4:30-6:45pm (extended time on rehearsal before concert date). Other activities include retreats, instrumental clinics, and guest artists.
College Park High School Band Room, Pleasant Hill
If you are interested in auditioning for the Wind Symphony please select the audition date and select a time slot. Email your first and second date choices to Artistic Director John Maltester. Please feel free to also include any preliminary questions you might have. Include name, instrument, present school, email address, phone number, and audition date choices.
Additional open auditions by appointment. Contact the Artistic Director at 925.765.4636 or email John Maltester to schedule date and time.
Auditioners are available to visit schools to audition multiple students. Please contact your band director or the DWS Artistic Director.
Auditions will close when all positions are filled.
You will be asked to perform a variety of major/minor scales, a melodic excerpt (usually slower in nature) and a more technical excerpt (usually faster in nature). The excerpts can be from any source (etudes, solos, concert music). Sightreading may be required.
John Maltester brings a diversified background of abilities to the conductor's podium. He conducts bands, orchestras, jazz bands, and various small groups. He is also active as a trombonist, rehearsal techniques clinician, adjudicator, and guest conductor and lecturer throughout Australia, the Western United States, Hawaii, and Alaska. His publications include two text books and many magazine articles. He is a Past President of the College Band Directors National Association, and on the board of the Music Association of California Community Colleges.
Dr. Eric Hammer received his Doctorate in Music Education from the University of Oregon and is the Director of Bands at the University of the Pacific Conservatory of Music in Stockton. He has many years of experience in public education having taught at the junior and senior high school levels. He is a Past President of the College Band Directors National Association and the Bay Section chapter of the California Music Educators Association. He is active as a guest conductor throughout the United States and Australia and is often called upon to present clinics in music performance, music education, and conducting.
Diane Maltester received her Master’s Degree in Clarinet Performance and has been a member of the Los Medanos College faculty since 1980. She is the Principal Clarinet for the Napa, Vallejo, and Fremont Symphonies as well as the Diablo and Oakland Ballets. Diane performs regularly with San Francisco Pit Orchestras and the Oakland-East Bay Symphony. In addition, she is a clarinet instructor for CSU East Bay and presents clinics and recitals throughout the state.
The DWS Brass and Woodwind Quintets will feature the more outstanding DWS winds. Each group will prepare literature to perform on DWS concerts as well as for special events.
The Diablo Wind Symphony is committed to supporting local music programs. Participation will require permission from the participant’s school band director.
The primary goals of the symphony are to provide high quality instruction in weekly ensemble rehearsals and performances in quality acoustical venues. Each rehearsal will be presented in an organized manner to develop a professional atmosphere. Activities include ensemble rehearsal, masterclasses, sectionals, and a variety of small group activities for the more advanced students.
Masterclasses are presented by some of the bay areas top professional musicians who represent the areas major orchestras, recording studios, and local higher education institutions.
The DWS enhances the members musical awareness by bringing in internationally acclaimed soloists as guest artists and special masterclass presenters. Previous artists include:
The Diablo Wind Symphony is co-sponsored by BD Performing Arts and Saint Mary's College.
Print out, fill out, obtain necessary signatures and turn in at the September retreat:
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All questions should be directed to John Maltester, Artistic Director: 925.765.4636 or email@example.com