2017 WASBE Conference in Utrecht, The Netherlands

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WASBE 2017 Info


The next International WASBE Conference will be hosted in the city of Utrecht, The Netherlands, July 18—22, 2017. WENS Travel, will serve as the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) for the 2017 conference. Ten of the world’s finest wind bands from across the world will perform at the Great Hall at TivoliVredenburg. In addition to daily concerts, those attending the conference will be able to attend and participate in repertoire sessions, lectures, discussions and master classes which will take place at the Utrecht Conservatorium. The use of both venues is supported by the City of Utrecht.

“This beautiful city with the renewed concert hall Tivoli Vredenburg is the perfect location to offer all ensembles the highest quality for their performance. Holland has a long standing tradition in the world of wind music and Utrecht will be the center of wind music during our Conference,” said Bert Aalders, Conference Chairman and WASBE Immediate Past President. WASBE President William Johnson also added, “The 2017 international conference of the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, to be held in the beautiful city of Utrecht, will be a touchstone for wind ensemble music throughout the world for decades to come.”

Margriet Jongerius, alderman of culture, warmly supports the WASBE Conference 2017 in Utrecht. “This fits our city very well – a city that houses amateur art as well as top talents in a prominent way, including when it comes to wind and choral music. There is a great co-operation between different partners in the city and amateur artists. Many inhabitants of the city will enjoy this beautiful event in 2017.”

A Fringe Festival will run parallel to the conference itself, presenting performances at stages and venues throughout the city of Utrecht. This Fringe Festival is organized by ZIMIHC and supported by the City of Utrecht. Information regarding performing ensembles and conference schedule is expected to be released in 2016.
To learn more about the venues, daily schedule, registration, accommodations, excursions, tours, the Fringe Festival, and the exhibitions, please go to http://wasbe2017.com/

Below is a list of the wind ensembles that will be performing conference concerts in the Tivoli Vredenburg Concert Hall:

  • AMERICAN CHAMBER WINDS / USA
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  • KONINKLIJKE MILITAIRE KAPEL `JOHAN WILLEM FRISO`/ THE NETHERLANDS
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  • SWISS ARMY BRASS ENSEMBLE/SWITZERLAND
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  • IRISH SYMPHONIC WIND ORCHESTRA/ IRELAND
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  • BANDA MUNICIPAL DE MUSICA DE BILBAO / SPAIN
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  • SARATOGA HIGH SCHOOL SYMPHONIC WIND ENSEMBLE / USA
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  • ORCHESTRA DI FIATI DI VALLECAMONICA / ITALY
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  • SYMPHONIC WIND ORCHESTRA ST. MICHAEL OF THORN/ THE NETHERLAND
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  • BANDA MUNICIPAL DE BARCELONA/ SPAIN
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  • BANDA SINFÓNICA PORTUGUESA / PORTUGAL
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  • BRASS BAND SCHOONHOVEN / THE NETHERLANDS
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  • GELDERS FANFARE ORKEST / THE NETHERLANDS
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  • EUROPEAN COMMUNITY WIND ORCHESTRA/EUROPE
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Presentation of Papers

John Alan Carnahan (California State University, Long Beach, USA)

“The Wind Band Sound – A Definitive Guide to Ensemble Intonation”

Andrew Pease (Columbia University/Hartwick College, USA)

“Repertoire Resources for the 21st Century Global Wind Band Conductor”

Christopher Dobbins (Washington and Lee University, USA)

“Using Score Study as the Foundation of Rehearsal Planning”

Bill Connor (Chairman, British Association for Symphonic Bands and Wind Ensembles)

“…..of bands, kids, grown up kids…and communal creativity…”

Alex Shillings (Royal Conservatoire in The Hague – The Netherlands)

“Globalisering maakt van de Europese blaasmuziek eenheidswors”

“Globalization makes European wind music go through a ‘meat grinder’.”

Andrea Loss (Italian musician, teacher, conductor)

“Forgotten maestros: rediscovering Italian band composers of the 19th and 20th centuries”

Frederick Speck (University of Louisville, USA)

“The Search for Musical North: The Conductor’s Integrity to the Score”

Eduard de Boer (The Netherlands)

“Instrumentation on my music performed at the Conference”

Courtney Snyder (University of Michigan, USA)

“The Effects of Tension, Balance, and Ictus on Ensemble Sound”


Hosting a Biennial WASBE Conference

If your city is interested in hosting a WASBE (biennial) Conference, you can now download the reference documents you need to get started — just use the links below. Before submitting your bid, you should contact the Executive Director for additional documentation and information:

Markus Mauderer
WASBE Executive Director
Kolpingstr. 2
D-76456 Kuppenheim
Germany
Tel: +49 151 / 275 268 18
Fax: +49 72 22 / 77 40 40
office@wasbe.org

Performing at a WASBE International Conference

WASBE has established guidelines for ensembles interested in performing at a future WASBE Conference. These answer most questions that prospective ensembles have.

For any further questions please contact the Executive Director