Sierra Nevada Winds Orchestra
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Programs

Description
Founded by Dr. Robert Halseth in June 1994, the NorCal Wind Conducting Symposium is held every year in June at American River College. The workshop provides an opportunity for a limited number of music educator "participant/conductors" (up to 20) to receive podium time and instruction from world-renowned band clinicians and conductors. Individuals not participating in the workshop may observe the proceedings as "observer/conductors." A list of wind literature is chosen by the clinicians to be studied in advance by the participants as the basis for study throughout the workshop. The annual event draws participants and observers from throughout California and beyond. Among many other notables, previous conductors/clinicians include Frederick Fennell, Peter Boonshaft, Eugene Corporon, H. Robert Reynolds, Mallory Thompson, and Jack Stamp.

The planned 2020 Symposium's guest clinicians included Professor Alan McMurray, Professor Emeritus of Conducting and Band Director from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and Dr. Robert Halseth, Professor Emeritus from Sacramento State University and Conductor/Music Director of the Sierra Nevada Winds Orchestra. Due to the Covid 19 virus the 2020 Symposium was cancelled. If Covid 19 safety rules allow the Symposium may be held in 2021.

Budget
$15,000
Program Successes
In 2019, the Symposium concluded another successful workshop, exceeding revenue estimates with a full roster of participants and more observers than expected. The Symposium continues to be a highly-anticipated event for primary and secondary music educators, which has allowed the Sierra Nevada Winds to strengthen its link to the classroom to further its mission of enhancing primary and secondary music education.
Description
A fundamental mission of the Sierra Nevada Winds is to promote primary and secondary music education in the Placer, Nevada, and Yuba County region. Declining revenues have resulted in significant cutbacks to early music education, as well as intermediate and high school music programs. Consequently current and aspiring music students do not have the same opportunity to experience a variety of live performances and to understand that music is a lifelong skill. Donations allow the Winds to offer free admission to our Spring and Fall concerts so that music students can experience live band music.
Budget
$1,500
Program Successes
- Concert attendance by primary and secondary music students increased by approximately 20% during the 2018 and 2019 seasons.
Description
Each February/March, the Winds perform two concerts at the Roseville Performing Arts Theatre for elementary school-aged children. In 2019 and 2020 the Winds also performed additional concerts at Yuba College in Linda. Each one-hour concert emphasizes the importance of critical listening skills, concert etiquette, instrument and sectional demonstrations, and pieces performed by the full ensemble. The Wind's all-volunteer members take time off from work in order to share their joy and enthusiasm for music with aspiring youth musicians.
Budget
$1,500
Program Successes
The Children's Concerts series is the SNW's favorite performance of the year. The smiling faces, amazement, and unbridled anticipation of the kids is contagious. This popular series sells out well in advance. The experience is best expressed in this message to the ensemble from Conductor and Music Director Dr. Robert Halseth: "What a joy it was, Friday morning, making beautiful music with the Sierra Nevada Winds and connecting to all those children during our two sold-out Children's Concerts at Roseville Theatre Arts Academy. Our players were magnificent, demonstrating in small groups and large not only their ability, but their heart. The highlight for me was all those children enthusiastically singing along with us to the Symphonic Highlights from FROZEN. The angelic sound of children's voices brought many a tear, as several of our players related to me at the break. It was, indeed, a great morning for SNW. Congratulations and thanks.
Description
The Sierra Nevada Winds presents four to five concert programs per year. Music Director and Conductor Dr. Robert Halseth contributes considerable thought to designing programs that include great symphonic and classic works for band, themed and seasonal selections, and works tied to important historical milestones. The Winds have also commissioned new works by English composer Philip Sparkes.
Budget
$4,000
Program Successes
New Audiences: The Winds continued its outreach efforts to new audiences in 2020 through traditional advertising means in addition to an expanded presence on social media platforms such as YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram. In 2019, the Winds began livestreaming its concerts on YouTube to reach audiences beyond the immediate region. In 2020, with the suspension of live concerts due to Covid 19, the Winds recorded and disseminated three "At Home" performances, each musician recording their part at home, with the editing performed by our trombonist, Mike Isom. There have been almost 3000 viewings of these YouTube recordings to date. The Winds also provided existing audience members with several additional "At Home" concert performances featuring recordings from prior concerts.

Financial Performance: Concert revenues for 2020 were zero, but musician dues and stellar BDOG support helped us maintain the cohesion of the orchestra and prepare to safely resume performances in 2021. Solid revenues were sustained over the prior 3 years.