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Wind Ensemble: Science and Performance

Would you like to spend an exciting, intensive week of making music, and performing experiments designed to help you understand why your instrument produces the sound it does?

If you play a woodwind instrument such as a flute, a clarinet, an oboe, an English horn, a bassoon, or a saxophone; or a brass instrument such as a French horn, a trumpet, a trombone, a flügelhorn, a baritone, or a tuba, this seminar is for you.

We will split the time evenly between rehearsals and physics experiments such as making a hologram of the vibrating bell of a trumpet, or exploring the resonant characteristics of an air column as found in a clarinet, or studying the difference between sound spectra as radiated by different instruments.

The musical performance part of this seminar will be conducted by Dr. Roby George, Director of Bands at Indiana State University. He holds a D.M.A. from the University of Cincinnati and has served as clinician and conductor for numerous national band organization events.

The musical acoustics part of this seminar will be directed by Dr. Uwe J. Hansen, Professor Emeritus of Physics. He is a fellow of the Indiana Academy of Science and of the Acoustical Society of America. He has presented his research results on musical instruments at international conferences, universities, and government laboratories in the Americas, Asia, Australia, and numerous European countries, including Russia.

Last updated: August 2, 2013