Prairie Winds Festival


Prairie Winds Festival is February 2 and 3, 2024

Registration for the 2024 Prairie Winds Festival will open on October 16, 2023 

 
The University of Kansas Bands invite high school students to participate in the 22st annual Prairie Winds Festival! Sessions include clinics with KU faculty, a performance in the Lied Center, performances by the KU Wind EnsembleCrossroads Wind Symphony, the Westerlies!

 

Commuter Only 

The Prairie Winds Festival is commuter only. Students must be dropped off on the morning of the 3rd at Murphy Hall on KU's campus and the morning of the 4th at the Lied Center.

Festival Fee

The Festival fee is $50 and includes a t-shirt, 3 meals, clinics with faculty and guest artists and two concerts.

Faculty

The University of Kansas faculty work directly with students, including master classes, clinics, chamber music coaching, and ensemble rehearsals.

Paul W. Popiel, Interim Dean

Matthew O. Smith, Acting Director of Bands

Sharon Toulouse, Assistant Director of Bands

Daniel Velasco, flute

Margaret Marco, oboe

Mackie Thomas, bassoon

Stephanie Zelnick, clarinet

Geoffrey Landman, saxophone

Steve Leisring, trumpet

Paul Stevens, horn

Michael Davidson, trombone

Scott Watson, tuba and euphonium

Garrett Arney, percussion

Erin Wood, harp 


Friday

9:00am

Registration, 1st Floor Murphy Hall

9:15am

Seating auditions, studios

10:30-11:45am

Lunch, DeBruce Center, on your own, meet in 130 to walk over

12:00pm

General Meeting, 130 Murphy

12:15pm

KU Collage Recital, 130 Murphy

1:00pm

Like-instrument ensemble rehearsals

2:30pm

Like-Instrument concert, 130 Murphy

4:00pm

Dinner, 1st Floor Murphy Hall

5:00pm

Full band rehearsal, 130 Murphy

7:15pm

Student pick-up, Murphy Hall

 

Saturday

8:30am

Student drop-off, Lied Center

9:00am

Full band rehearsal, mainstage

School of Music Entrance Auditions, assigned rooms

11:15am

Lunch, Seymour Gallery

12:00pm

Concert - Jazz I, Lied Center, free and open to the public

1:00pm

Guest artist masterclass, mainstage

1:40pm

Woodwinds, main stage/Brass & Percussion, assigned rooms

2:40pm

Brass & Percussion, main stage/Woodwinds, assigned rooms

3:30pm

Snack break, Seymour Gallery

4:00pm

Full band rehearsal, main stage

5:45pm

Dinner, Seymour Gallery

7:30pm

Concert - Crossroads Wind Symphony, KU Wind Ensemble & Prairie Winds Festival Band, Lied Center,tickets $25

9:00pm, est.

Student pick-up, Lied Center