About the Composer Festival
The San Diego Winds is dedicated to promoting the performance of high quality Wind Band literature. As such the San Diego Winds wanted to create a festival where students were able to not only perform high quality music but do work on that music with the composers themselves and world class conductors. It is from this foundation the composer festival was born.
From there it was decided that in order to celebrate a diverse body of literature the composer festival would alternate annually between living and deceased composers. During the years featuring a living composer's music, the composer themselves would be brought into San Diego to work with the students. In the years featuring the music of deceased composers an expert conductor who specializes in their music would be brought in to work with the students. This format has resulted in major opportunities for the music students of San Diego who have now had the opportunity to work with several amazing composers and conductors.
The 1st Annual Composer festival in 2010 featured David Maslanka and the 2nd Annual Composer festival featured the music of Percy Grainger and Vincent Persichetti with Conductor In Residence Larry Curtis. The 4th Annual Composer festival will take place in March of 2013.
2016 Composer Festival Artist in Residence
to be Announced Soon!
If you'd like more information about one of our past Composer Festivals click here. There you will find information, video and audio from the festivals.