Covid 19 Information

The University of Saskatchewan Wind Orchestra is currently planning for numerous scenarios to deal with, and adapt to, the COVID-19 pandemic. When classes resume in the 2020 Fall Semester, the USWO will provide a musically rewarding experience that is based on excellence, inclusivity and community. New and returning members are encouraged to email Dr. Oehlerking if they have any specific questions or concerns.


Conducted by Dr. Darrin Oehlerking, the Wind Orchestra is the premier large instrumental ensemble on campus and is open by audition to all university students who play wind or percussion instruments. Established in 1974, the ensemble rehearses twice a week and performs a wide variety of wind repertoire. The group has established an impressive regional, national and international reputation, having performed in Canada, The United States, and Europe. Notable conference and festival performances include the Canadian Music Educators Association Conference, Texas Music Educators Association Conference, World Music Contest, and the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles Conference.

The ensemble is committed to performing and supporting contemporary music, regularly embarking on new commissions and consortia. The ensemble recently recorded an entire album of Peter Meechan’s music (Skyscapes), and has given both Canadian and world premieres of works by composers such as Elizabeth Raum, Paul Suchan, Dinuk
Wijeratne, James M. David, Jeff Presslaff, and Tom Davoren. In addition, the ensemble has hosted world-class guest soloists in a variety of performances. Recent appearances include Ian MacDougall (Trombone), Frederick Hemke (Saxophone), Allen Vizzutti (Trumpet), and TorQ Percussion

During the 2020 Fall Semester the Wind Orchestra was delivered in a remote teaching and learning model. While we dearly missed making music together in the same room, we made sure to still practice and perform to the best of our abilities while staying safe. We are proud to present one of our pieces, Plaza Fanfare by Pete Meechan.

Audition information for 2020

Due to the remote nature of Fall Semester classes, all auditions will be submitted electronically. Please submit video of excerpts and scales, as well as the audition information sheet by Friday, September 4, 2020. Video taken on your phone/tablet is fine – no special microphones or other equipment/technology is expected/required. Try and demonstrate your best sound as best you can on your available technology.