The CCM Wind Orchestra is comprised of highly advanced performers of wind and percussion instruments. The orchestra is internationally recognized as one of the finest groups of its kind. Each semester the players are auditioned and assigned parts on a rotating basis. Following a philosophy of one player per part and adopting flexible instrumentation according to the composer’s intentions, the ensemble performs chamber music, selected transcriptions, concerti and original full ensemble repertoire spanning five centuries. The CCM Wind Orchestra performs six concerts on campus per season as well as appearing regularly in local school concerts and as special guest artists for conferences, festivals and special events.
Acknowledged as "wonderful and exciting" with performances described as "powerful, moving and thrilling," the Wind Ensemble draws its membership from the finest undergraduate and graduate musicians at CCM. Acclaimed for the quality of their performances as well as the diversity and originality of their programming, the Wind Ensemble is dedicated to bringing the finest traditional and contemporary literature to their audiences. This organization has appeared numerous times before the Ohio Music Educators Association, the Kentucky Music Educators Association, the American Society of University Composers, and has been heard nationally through broadcasts on National Public Radio.
The CCM Chamber Players is a professional-level graduate ensemble consisting of winds, brass, percussion, and strings. They have been invited to perform at a number of very prestigious events, including the 50th Anniversary celebration of the Eastman Wind Ensemble in 2002. The summer of 2002 marked the first international tour of the Chamber Players when they became the first American ensemble to perform at the Festival a Tempo in Caracas, Venezuela. They have also performed at the national College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA) convention at the University of Michigan and the International Convention of the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles (WASBE) in Ireland.
The CCM Chamber Winds is comprised of two double wind quintets and focuses on standard wind chamber music repertoire, including works by such composers as Mozart, Krommer, Beethoven, and Strauss, as well as more contemporary repertoire. The CCM Chamber Winds perform as part of the CCM noon-hour Atrium series.