The Montclair State University Wind Symphony conducted by Thomas McCauley performed in Prague, Czech Republic, in late July at the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles (WASBE) Conference, a festival of symphonic wind music held at the Žofín Palace.
The Wind Symphony is composed of the highest-level wind players and percussionists at both the undergraduate and graduate levels from multiple music programs, including music education, music therapy, performance and composition. Their trip abroad marked the first time any large ensemble from the John J. Cali School of Music has received such a prestigious international invitation.
Students made the most of the experience. “We worked tirelessly all year to prepare for the performance and the results were significantly rewarding,” says Amanda Roth, a junior Music Education major and flutist.
The trip also included an evening concert at the renowned MuTh concert hall in Vienna, Austria, where the Vienna Boys Choir presents many of their concerts, according to McCauley. “Truly a memorable night.”