The CCM Wind Orchestra is generally regarded as one of America's finest wind bands, whose members represent the top wind and percussion players in the conservatory. The distinguished faculty who have conducted the ensemble include Frank Simon, Ernest Glover, Robert Hornyak, Terence Milligan, Eugene Corporon, and Mallory Thompson, while the list of guest conductors who have appeared with the Wind Orchestra includes major wind band figures from around the world. Glenn D. Price assumed leadership of the ensemble in 2011.
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 were founded in 1998 by Rodney Winther as a professional-level graduate ensemble consisting of winds, brass, percussion, and strings. In the short time since their formation, the Chamber Players have been invited to perform at a number of very prestigious events, including the 50th Anniversary celebration of the Eastman Wind Ensemble in 2002, where they helped to raise the collective consciousness of wind conductors to the importance and diversity of chamber music. 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, which is held every summer in Caracas, Venezuela. Their four concerts were played to capacity audiences and won rave reviews resulting in the ensemble receiving an invitation to return in the summer of 2004. In 2004 the ensemble served as the orchestra for CCM's production of Robert Kurka's Good Soldier Schweik. The 2005 season culminated in a rare collaboration with Chorus American in their production of Respighi's Laude to the Nativity. 2006 marked a monumental year as the group was invited to perform both at the National CBDNA Convention at the University of Michigan, as well as the International Convention of WASBE in Ireland. Glenn D. Price assumed leadership in 2011.
The CCM Chamber Winds is a small, flexible ensemble consisting primarily of undergraduate wind players. The purpose of the ensemble is to give players chamber music experience that places responsibility on each individual. Students are exposed to the standards of the wind chamber repertoire, including works by such composers as Mozart, Krommer, and Beethoven and more contemporary repertoire by Hindemith and Milhaud.