The Eastern Wind Symphony, founded in the spring of 1996, is a professional ensemble for musicians in the tri-state NJ/NY/PA area, dedicated to performing the best wind and percussion literature. Under Director Emeritus Dr. William H. Silvester, the ensemble experienced exceptional growth and developed a national reputation. The Eastern Wind Symphony has presented critically acclaimed performances at Carnegie Hall in New York City, The John F. Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C, New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Patriots Theater at the War Memorial, and at the NaFME Eastern Division Conference. In addition, the EWS has produced numerous commercial CDs of exceptional quality on the prestigious Klavier, Curnow Music Press, and MASTERS labels.
Artistic Director Mr. Todd Nichols and Assistant Conductor Mr. Adam Warshafsky currently guide The Eastern Wind Symphony to achieve its artistic goals, revitalize the community it supports, and bring unique and challenging musical experiences to both its members and audiences. In addition to establishing highly successful concert seasons at the EWS home performance location in Richardson Auditorium in Princeton, NJ, the EWS has instituted a summer concert series at various locations in local NJ communities. The EWS has been invited to provide guest performances at local music festivals, including Music for All and the Metropolitan Wind Band Festival. Most recently, the EWS has the privilege of being the first adult band from NJ to be invited to perform at the prestigious Midwest International Band & Orchestra Conference in Chicago this coming December 2015!
The past several years have brought new opportunities and successes for the EWS. Through a guest artist program instituted in 2009, internationally acclaimed musicians including Stanley Drucker, Phil Smith, and Joe Alessi (all from the New York Philharmonic), as well as marimba soloist Greg Giannascoli and internationally acclaimed trumpet soloist Allen Vizzutti, have performed with the ensemble. Through an annual Visiting Distinguished Conductor Program established in 2014, the EWS has had the opportunity to play under the batons of conducting greats such as Ray Cramer and James Keene. For their
Carnegie Hall debut in New York City in 2013, the EWS commissioned and premeired Red Tail Skirmish (for wind ensemble) by renowned composer Bruce Yurko. To fulfill the mission of giving back to the community and supporting young musicians, the Eastern Wind Symphony Youth Band was established in 2012, and is conducted by Mr. Warshafsky. The Eastern Wind Symphony completed their most recent recording, Resurgence, under Mr. Nichols’ direction, which was released in 2014 and is available for purchase on the web site.
The Eastern Wind Symphony membership consists of professional musicians from the New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania area, including music educators and freelance musicians. In addition, numerous members manage businesses, work in the sciences, and raise families. Whatever their vocation, all members of The Eastern Wind Symphony are accomplished and talented musicians who volunteer their time and enjoy performing the most highly regarded wind symphony repertoire in a high-caliber ensemble. Their reward is musical enjoyment at its highest level: music for music’s sake!
The Eastern Wind Symphony is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization. All members perform for the love of music, and no member is compensated for their participation. For more information about the symphony, including audition information for open positions, or to support the EWS through charitable tax deductible donations, please follow this link.