The Concordia University Ann Arbor music group placed high in the national competition

The Concordia University Wind Ensemble took third place in the prestigious American Prize competition. In the competition in the band / wind ensemble college / university (smaller program) the group placed in front of dozens of other such groups from all over the country.

“This is a significant honor for our program and department,” said Dr. Bill Perrine, Associate Professor of Music at Concordia University Ann Arbor and Director of Instrumental Activities. “I would like to thank everyone at all levels of the university for their continued support of our music program. I am very proud of all the hard work our students put into making our musical performances successful. “


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The Concordia University Wind Ensemble is the university’s premier instrumental ensemble, a pre-auditioned group of wind players and percussionists assembled from students from all fields in a liberal arts environment. The American Prize sponsors a wide range of prestigious competitions aimed at evaluating, recognizing, and rewarding “the best performers, ensembles, composers, and administrators” in the United States.

In addition to the honor bestowed on the wind ensemble, the CUAA Community Orchestra was named a finalist for the American Prize in the Community Division in the Orchestral Performance category in July. Notification of further honors is expected shortly.

Due to complications in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic, the rules for this year’s competition have been relaxed so that participants can submit archive work up to five years ago. The wind ensemble was honored for their performance in April 2018 at the Chicago Symphony Center. Here you can enjoy the pieces by the two CUAA groups:


Wind ensemble

Community orchestra

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