Covid 19 Information

The University of Saskatchewan is currently planning for a “transitional” Fall Semester. The Wind Orchestra will follow or exceed all health and safety protocols to engage students in the most meaningful musical experience possible, 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.

Winter Term 2021

The USWO followed strict health and safety protocols in the Winter Term, and were allowed to make music in-person. While we couldn’t have the entire ensemble together, we did our best to rehearse and make music in a hybrid format. Over the course of the semester we recorded some pieces in that same hybrid format. Thanks to the skill and wizardry of Mr. Wayne Giesbrecht in Media Access Productions, we present some audio and video of our efforts. Enjoy!

Audition information for 2021

All 2021 auditions will be submitted electronically to Dr. Oehlerking. Student auditions MUST contain all of the following materials:

  • Video of scales and excerpts
  • Completed USWO Information Sheet
Students can email or share files to Dr. Oehlerking via email or other transfer sharing service. Please ensure files are readily available for viewing (no permission requests, please). Using OneDrive or WeTransfer works well.

Audio/video recorded on a smartphone is fine - no need to obtain special equipment to perform the audition. Use the technology readily available to you in order to demonstrate your best musicianship.
All audition files should be submitted not later than 4:00 pm Friday, September 3, 2021.