The Wind Orchestra was founded in 2007 to provide high-caliber wind-centric musical exposure to audiences in northern New Mexico.
Our music format focuses on the performance of contemporary – and traditional – works of wind orchestra literature. And our programs are quite varied and can include period American and non-American pieces involving strings, voice, and a variety of keyboards. As one of only a handful of professional-level wind orchestras in the country, we offer local and regional audiences the opportunity to experience music very few people can access.
Concerts are free to the public.
Wind Orchestra Links
Sunday, October 16, 2022
at the New Mexico Museum of Art
in the St. Francis Auditorium
Donald J. McKinney, Conducting Chair and Professor of Conducting, also serves as Director of Bands at the University of Colorado Boulder. He conducts the CU Wind Symphony, guides the graduate wind-conducting program, and oversees the university’s comprehensive band program. The CU Wind Symphony has collaborated with numerous artists & composers and most recently performed for the CBDNA Southwestern Division Conference on the CU Boulder campus. Prior to his 2013 appointment at CU Boulder, McKinney was the Director of Wind Ensembles and Associate Professor at Louisiana State University.
Previous Guest Conductors
Rather than engaging a full-time artistic director or conductor, the Wind Orchestra invites a guest conductor of national renown for each concert to select repertoire, rehearse the ensemble and present a performance. All of our guest conductors are dedicated to advancing the wind orchestra format as a contemporary medium for live music.