The RI Philharmonic Youth Wind Ensembles Announce New Conductor, Aaron W. Bush

The RI Philharmonic Youth Wind Ensembles (RIPYWE) is excited to announce that Aaron W. Bush will conduct the Youth Wind Ensemble for the 2016/17 School Year. He joins RIPYWE Music Director Dr. David Neves for a season which includes works from Mozart and Shostakovich along with contemporary music from the stage and screen.
Dr. Neves remarks: “I can think of no one more qualified than Aaron to bring into the RIPYWE family. He combines incredible musical standards and expectations with a deep-seated belief that music performance and preparation must be a positive experience for all involved. His rehearsals are always exciting, uplifting and energetic while empowering each individual student to grow and express themselves to the fullest extent. Aaron embodies all that is best about music education.”

Mr. Bush has been the Director of Middle School Bands in the Needham Public Schools since 2008. Under his leadership, the performing ensembles in Needham have consistently received state, regional and national recognition at adjudicated events and festivals. Since joining Needham schools, Mr. Bush has led ensembles to multiple performances at Boston Symphony Hall as gold medal recipients in the annual MICCA Music Festival, and has hosted professional world class artists, conductors and composers in residency.

“I think the most important thing we do as music educators is to get kids EXCITED about music!” remarks Bush. “Establishing and maintaining a culture where students develop a love for music making will set them up for substantive growth as they experience meaningful art with one another. Making music is (and should be) fun! I think the RI Philharmonic has done a wonderful job setting a high bar for student achievement. I’m so thrilled to be part of this unique and special place.”

RIPYWE is now auditioning all woodwind, brass and percussion instruments for the 2016/17 Season. Students should have at least 2 years experience and be in grades 6-12. Auditions are by individual appointment.

Interested students can schedule an audition by contacting Youth Ensembles Manager Chelsea Anderson at or 401.248.7038.

The Rhode Island Philharmonic Youth Wind Ensembles (RIPYWE), founded in 2002, gives middle and high school students the opportunity to make new friends through rehearsal and performance of challenging and rewarding wind repertoire. Woodwind, brass and percussion students from across Southern New England join together in a fun and engaging musical experience and present a series of concerts through the school year.

RIPYWE Symphonic Winds, conducted by Music Director Dr. David Neves, is designed for high school students. RIPYWE Wind Ensemble, conducted by Music Director Aaron Bush, is designed for middle and high school students. Both RIPYWE ensembles rehearse each Wednesday at the RI Philharmonic’s Carter Center for Music Education & Performance in East Providence from September to May.

Interested students can schedule an audition by contacting Youth Ensembles Manager Chelsea Anderson at or 401.248.7038.