We are the Wind Ensemble Society of New York City. Since we’re among friends, you can call us WESNYC.
We are an all-volunteer contemporary symphonic wind ensemble founded in early 2016 that believes in giving top-notch performances of the best repertoire. Some of us are professional musicians, while others are designers, massage therapists, or engineers. We all just want to play really good music as well as we can. Together, we are WESNYC.
Rehearsals are Wednesday evenings at the National Opera Center in Chelsea. We have about six rehearsals leading up to our performances, and aim to perform at easily accessible venues around Manhattan. St. Mark's Church in the East Village has been particularly nice for our chamber concerts.
Moving into 2018, WESNYC is working on growing into a full wind ensemble of about forty-five members. So, we're currently in search of our forever home that can be both our rehearsal and performance space, and also house our full percussion battery. Do you know the perfect place for us? Send us a tip! We'd love to talk.
This is our conductor, Jonathan Musgrave.
As Artistic Director and Conductor of WESNYC, Jon runs smooth rehearsals peppered with valuable anecdotes about the repertoire and its composers. Before WESNYC, he served as Associate Conductor for ISO Symphonic Band and guest-conducted Grand Street Community Band.
A native of Golden, Colorado, Jon holds a master's degree in conducting from Ithaca College and a bachelor's in tuba performance from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Before Ithaca, he was an active member of the music community in Tallahassee, Florida, where he served as the founding Music Director of the Tallahassee Brass Band, the Associate Conductor of the Big Bend Community Orchestra, and was a guest conductor with the Tallahassee Winds.