During a recent well-attended concert at the Seekonk Public Library Meadows, the Rhode Island Philharmonic Music School’s Youth Summer Wind Ensemble (RIPYSWE)—R.I.’s only auditioned student wind ensemble—performed individually and then jointly with the East Bay Summer Youth Ensemble.
The annual event, which is free and open to the public, included music from the Broadway productions of Dear Evan Hansen and Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, and traditional band music by John Philip Sousa. RIPYSWE is conducted by David Neves, Ph.D., and John F. Knasas, Jr., and EBSYE is led by David Marshall, director of bands for Somerset (Mass.) Berkley Regional High School.
Throughout the school year the Rhode Island Philharmonic Youth Wind Ensembles (RIPYWE) provides a quality wind ensemble rehearsal and performance experience for talented young musicians from southern New England. RIPYWE Symphonic Winds is designed for advanced middle- and high- school students, and the Wind Ensemble is for intermediate to advanced middle- and high-school students.
“There are so many excellent young musicians in Southern New England, and we are happy to be able to share with them the opportunities available to them to further their skills at the Music School in East Providence. We are the only high-level opportunity of this type beyond the Boston area. As part of the R.I. Philharmonic Orchestra & Music School, we rehearse at the Carter Center on Waterman Avenue in East Providence. We provide a high level, All-State quality musical experience all year long. Students accepted to RIPYWE are held to the highest performance standards, working on the finest musical literature available for concert bands and wind ensembles in a positive, supportive environment.”
Rhode Island Philharmonic Music School
Youth Summer Wind Ensemble
In addition to studying and performing stand-out music with peers from throughout the area, RIPYWE members also have the advantage of becoming part of the R.I. Philharmonic music family, which offers free master classes, workshops and discounted Orchestra tickets. RIPYWE also has special performances with guest conductors, composers, and local college and professional bands, such as Rhode Island College Wind Ensembles, University of Rhode Island Wind Ensembles and the American Band. There is still room for student musicians to be added to one of the ensembles, which include all wind instruments and percussion, with special emphasis this year on clarinet, French horn and percussion.