Geneva, NY – The 2017 Hobart William Smith (HWS) Wind Ensemble invites musicians from the Finger Lakes area to be part of its innovative concert band. With its new conductor, William Talley, the wind ensemble features woodwinds, brass and percussion, and welcomes talented musicians from HWS and local communities interested in performing with this group. This relatively new ensemble looks forward to exploring the rich and diverse repertoire composed for the wind ensemble.
According to William Talley, “The ensemble is comprised of HWS student members and many community members who have careers outside of music – all sharing their love of music and the joy of playing music together. The works we perform range from chamber to symphonic, with students and community members collaborating in rehearsals and concerts that spread the gift of music and music making. The group rehearses on Wednesdays from 7:00-9:00 p.m.”
William Talley taught for 15 years in the public schools of Western North Carolina. He is a graduate of Western Carolina University where he received a Bachelor of Science in Education degree in music. He also received a Master of Music degree in wind conducting at the University of South Carolina. In his time as a band director Mr. Talley served as the president of the Western North Carolina Bandmasters’ Association, and he received the Award of Excellence from that organization. He has been the recipient of many awards and recognitions in teaching, including the WLOS ‘Thanks to Teachers’ award, the WYFF ‘Golden Apple’ award, and Asheville High School and Asheville City Schools Teacher of the Year for the 2013-2014 school year. Mr. Talley is a National Board Certified teacher, and his high school bands repeatedly earned superior ratings at NC Concert Band Music Performance Adjudication and marching band contests. In 2013 the Asheville High School Marching Band, under his direction, performed for the 57th Presidential Inauguration in Washington, D.C. Mr. Talley is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in conducting at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY.
For more information about participating in the HWS Wind Ensemble or for a schedule of its performances and concerts, contact William Talley at firstname.lastname@example.org .