Founded in 1989 by Dr. Gary M. Ciepluch and Robert McAllister, the Cleveland Youth Wind Symphony is now in its 23rd season (1995-96 marking the initial season for the Cleveland Youth Wind Symphony II.)
Cleveland Youth Wind Symphony I, conducted by Dr. Gary M. Ciepluch; Cleveland Youth Wind Symphony II, conducted by Melissa Lichter; and Cleveland Youth Wind Symphony Concert Winds, conducted by Daniel Crain, are sponsored by the Cleveland Institute of Music and Case Western Reserve University. The Cleveland Youth Wind Symphony was established to provide a musical venue for the most outstanding high school woodwind, brass, and percussion players throughout Northeast Ohio.
The Cleveland Youth Wind Symphony groups rehearse from mid-September through early May, each Saturday morning, in Kulas Hall at the Institute, and in Denison Hall at Case Western Reserve University.
The mission of the groups is twofold: to play the most significant band repertoire, and to provide an opportunity for outstanding musicians to perform together on a weekly basis. Selection for the Cleveland Youth Wind Symphony is through auditions that are held each May for the following fall. Approximately 450 students audition for selection into the Cleveland Youth Wind Symphonies.
In addition to the concerts performed each season in Kulas Hall at the Cleveland Institute of Music and in Severance Hall, the groups have performed numerous times at conventions and festivals and in concert halls throughout the United States and abroad. Performance highlights include a 1992 invitation to perform at the Music Educators National Conference held in New Orleans, as well as performances at the Ohio Music Education Association State Conventions in Cleveland (1991), Dayton (1996), Columbus (1998, 2004), and Cincinnati (2002, 2008). Many of their performances can be heard on Cleveland's WCLV 104.9 FM.
In June 1994, the group began a series of international concert tours. They have performed in Germany, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, Italy, Australia, New Zealand, Scotland, England, and most recently, Spain and France for their eighth tour.
Rehearsal & Concert Schedules
CYWS Rehearsal & Concert Schedules: (PDFs)
- Group I Rehearsal &Concert Schedule
- Group II - Symphonic Winds Rehearsal & Concert Schedule
- Group II - Concert Winds Rehearsal & Concert Schedule
Policies and Information
CYWS Handbook (PDF)
Tuition & Fees: $365.00 per year, plus annual registration fee of $50.
CYWS web site: http://cyws.org
Trip questions? Contact Gary Ciepluch at 216-368-2361 or firstname.lastname@example.org