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 open by audition to all university students who play wind or percussion instruments. Established in 1974, they rehearse twice a week and perform a wide variety of wind repertoire and accompany internationally-known guest artists, both locally and across Canada. The Wind Orchestra has been chosen to perform at WASBE (World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles) in 1989, 1995, and 2015, at the CMEA (Canadian Music Educators Association) in 1975, 1979, 1987, and the TMEA (Texas Music Educators Association) in 2006.

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.