The William and Mary Wind Ensemble is pleased to announce its first ever international tour to China in May 2015. This opportunity has been made possible by invitation of the China Cultural and Educational Foundation and with support from the W&M Department of Music. Members of the Wind Ensemble will share music with a completely new audience and will be provided with incredible cultural and service opportunities. The tour will include performances of both classic literature and world premieres in renowned venues. The WMWE will also serve as musical mentors to local underserved school children and participate in cultural immersion experiences. While one goal of the tour is to provide students with an unforgettable adventure, the Wind Ensemble also strives to build on William & Mary's reputation for international engagement by bringing uniquely American wind ensemble art to Chinese audiences. The Wind Ensemble's program will feature world premieres by W&M Composer Brian Hulse and solo trumpet and wind ensemble works performed by Virginia Symphony Principal Trumpeter and W&M Trumpet faculty David Vonderheide. Degree credit will be available through the Reves Center for International Studies.
Student benefits will go beyond the musical aspects of this tour. Chinese Studies students will gain the opportunity to use their language skills and experience the culture they have been learning about. International Relations and Public Policy majors will have the chance to explore a foreign country, adding a new perspective to their academic studies at the College. Those studying Business will be able to experience the effect of culture on business and advertising efforts around the globe. History students will be exposed to a culture dating back over 5,000 years. And the Ensemble's more technologically-savvy students will have the chance to observe a culture of innovation and product development and manage the digital and online curation of the tour.
The Wind Ensemble's itinerary includes the Great Wall of China, the Forbidden City, Beijing University, the Chinese Jade Museum, Beijing Children's Palace, local Chinese elementary schools, and Shandong Concert Hall.
If you wish to be directly involved, the W&M Wind Ensemble is accepting donations to help provide aid to students in financial need who would like to join the Ensemble on their tour across the Pacific. To donate, visit the China Tour Support Page.
To find out more about the Tour, contact [[pkbhasin,Paul Bhasin]], Director of Bands. For the most up-to-date information about the Tour, please visit the W&M Wind Ensemble website.