Youth Wind Ensemble

UWM youth wind ensemble


Play among the BEST in the MIDWEST

The UW-Milwaukee Youth Wind Ensemble (UWAY) and Youth Percussion Program provide the region’s finest woodwind, brass, and percussion students the opportunity to rehearse and perform traditional and contemporary repertoire in an artistic environment with other like-minded musicians. Students are led by artist-faculty from UW-Milwaukee, and work closely with other musical members of the University community.

Professor Emeritus Thomas Dvorak founded the group in 1982 as the Greater Milwaukee Youth Wind Ensemble. Since then, the program has become nationally and internationally recognized as youth participants have the opportunity to work with UWM Music Faculty and Staff, and gain the invaluable experience of furthering their musicianship by performing in a university setting. The Youth Wind Ensemble program works in cooperation with high school music programs, and relies on the support of school band directors and private teachers throughout SE Wisconsin.

Rehearsals take place at UW-Milwaukee’s Helene Zelazo Center for the Performing Arts on Tuesday evenings from 6:30-8:45pm.

2017-18 Tuition

First-year UWAY students: $350
Returning UWAY students: $300
UWAY fee covers participation in the Youth Percussion Ensemble

2017-18 Concert Dates

Sunday, October 15, 2017 at 3PM
Friday, December 8, 2017 at 7:30PM
Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at 7:30PM
Sunday, May 6 , 2018 at 3PM


Spring Entrance Auditions

To qualify to participate in UWAY, students must pass an entrance audition and remain enrolled in some aspect of their school’s music program.

Each May, the UWM Youth Wind Ensemble (UWAY) program holds Spring Acceptance Auditions throughout the Milwaukee metropolitan area. Students may choose a site that is most convenient for them. Current members and prospective members follow the same procedures.

If accepted, students will receive notification in June and must confirm their participation in the program by no later than the second week of July.

Once confirmed, students will participate in a second audition for chair placement on Sunday, August 27. All UWAY students must participate in these auditions.

Questions: (414) 229-5641 or

Schedule an Audition


  • Any excerpts from a prepared solo or etude, preferably with contrasting musical material. A recent solo from Solo/Ensemble festival is ideal. Prepare to perform approximately 3-4 minutes worth of material.
  • Major scales up to three flats and three sharps (in your instrument’s key). Performance pattern is up to the student.
  • Chromatic scale to demonstrate the student’s range on their instrument (slurred ascending; tongued descending).

2017 Audition Dates & Locations

May 8: Muskego HS Band Room, 3–5PM
W183 S8750 Racine Ave., Muskego, WI
Enter through Door #25 on the south side of the school adjacent to the Performing Arts Center.

May 9: Oak Creek HS Band Room, 3:30–5:30PM
340 E. Puetz Rd., Oak Creek, WI
Enter through Door #18 on the northeast corner of the building/nearest the stadium. Follow the signs up two levels.

May 11: Menomonee Falls HS Band Room, 3–5PM
W142 N8101 Merrimac Dr., Menomonee Falls, WI

May 15: Germantown HS Band Room, 3–5PM
W180N11501 River Lane, Germantown, WI
Parking in back, enter the building marked “Home of the Warhawks” (blue doors).

May 17: Nathan Hale HS Band Room, 3:30–5:30PM
11601 W. Lincoln Ave., West Allis, WI
Enter on the west side of the building. Follow signs to Band Room.

May 16, 18: Helene Zelazo Center for the Performing Arts, 4–6PM
UW-Milwaukee, 2419 E. Kenwood Blvd., Milwaukee WI
Follow signs posted at south entrance, adjacent to the parking lot.


Scott Corley

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DMA, Conducting, University of Iowa
MM, Conducting, University of Georgia
BM, Music in Education, University of South Carolina


Scott R. Corley is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Music at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's Peck School of the Arts. In this capacity, he serves as Assistant Director of University Bands and Music Director of the UWM Youth Wind Ensembles program. Dr. Corley is the conductor of the UWM Symphony Band, Youth Wind Ensemble I and Youth Chamber Winds, and directs the leadership of the University (campus) Band and Panther (pep) Band. Dr. Corley's other duties include teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in conducting, assisting with the development of the graduate conducting students, and all administrative duties of the University Bands operational area.

Dr. Corley recently graduated from the University of Iowa with a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Band Conducting. At Iowa, Corley was an Iowa Performance Fellow, Graduate Teaching Assistant, and a staff member of the Hawkeye Marching Band. Prior to his appointment in Milwaukee, Corley earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of South Carolina (his home state), and taught in the public schools for four years. He was then awarded a Graduate Teaching Assistantship to the Hugh Hodgson School of Music at the University of Georgia, where he earned a Master of Music degree in Conducting. At Georgia, Corley studied trumpet with Fred Mills and conducting with all of the school’s ensemble conductors, and was on the staff of the UGA Redcoat Band.

Since moving to Wisconsin in 2002, Dr. Corley has maintained an active schedule of University service, as well as activities off campus. He has been clinician/adjudicator and guest conductor for a number of band festivals and middle/high school honor bands in the region. Dr. Corley's publication credits include recording projects and contributions to written volumes. He has been a frequent nominee in "Who's Who Among America's Teachers," and was awarded Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of Georgia in 2002. Dr. Corley maintains active participation in the College Band Directors National Association, National Band Association (Board of Directors, Wisconsin Chapter), Music Educators National Conference, and other professional music organizations.

As an advocate of new wind band music, and especially that for young/developing ensembles, Dr. Corley is frequently involved in commissioning projects, consortia, and assisted in the organization of CBDNA's Young Band Composition Competition in 2003 and 2005. Corley has led numerous premiere performances including works by composers Dwayne Milburn, Anthony Suter, and Michael Markowski.

Assistant Director of Bands

Senior Lecturer, Instrumental Conducting

John Woger

John Woger is the Director of Bands at Menomonee Falls High School in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, having served the district since 1990.  He has also served as the K-12 Music Department Chair and Curriculum Chair for the Menomonee Falls School District. Mr. Woger conducts the Freshman Band, Symphonic Band, Jazz Ensemble and Marching Band.  The excellence of the Menomonee Falls Band program was honored by being named the first runner up for the American School Band Directors Association Dale C. Harris Exemplary Band Award and being recognized as a Grammy Signature School. The Menomonee Falls Bands and Jazz Ensembles have participated in clinics with many of the finest names in music education.  Guest clinicians include The Millar Brass Ensemble with Vincent Chichowicz, The United States Navy Brass Quintet, Dennis DiBlasio, The Dallas Brass, The Third Street Brass and Doc Severinsen. The Menomonee Falls district has also been active in commissioning five new works for band.  TheWisconsin Alliance of Composers selected the North Symphonic Band, under Mr. Woger’s direction, for the Youth Commissioning Project in 2006.

Mr. Woger is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a Bachelor of Fine Arts.  Mr. Woger has had the privilege of conducting at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Honors Band festival in both 2000 and 2003.  He has also served as the Principal Conductor for the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Youth Wind Ensemble II (UWAY II).  He was honored with the Civic Music Association of Milwaukee Certificate of Excellence in Instrumental Music in 2009, the Herb Kohl Teacher Fellowship in 1999, the Milwaukee Symphony Recognition for Excellence in Instrumental Music (2009), the Menomonee Falls North PTSA Teacher of the Year Award in 1996 and 2005 and the Superintendent’s Child Advocacy Award in 2006.  He is listed in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, Who’s Who In America and The National Honor Rolls Outstanding Teachers. In June of 2011, Mr. Woger was inducted into the Menomonee Falls School District Fine Arts Wall of Fame.

Mr. Woger is an accomplished trumpeter and has performed with many groups including the Wisconsin Wind Orchestra, The Waukesha Area Symphonic Band, The Bach Chamber Choir Orchestra, and many jazz ensembles throughout the Milwaukee area. Mr. Woger is also active as a guest conductor, composer, lecturer and clinician.

Michael Neumeyer

Michael Neumeyer is a versatile musician, educator, and composer from Southeastern Wisconsin.  In 2007, he graduated with a Bachelor of Music from The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, where he studied voice, percussion, and music education with Dr. Robert Peavler, Robert Rosen, and Dr. Judy Bond, respectively.  During this time, Michael also studied conducting with Dr. Brendan Caldwell and composition with Dr. Charles Rochester Young.  In 2011, Michael earned a Master of Music Degree in Instrumental Conducting from The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where he studied with Dr. John Climer.  While at UW-Milwaukee, Michael also studied percussion with Carl Storniolo and composition with Dr. Keith Carpenter and Steve Nelson-Raney.

Michael is the front ensemble caption head with The Oak Creek Marching Knights (2014 State Champions) and works with the Oak Creek-Franklin School District in various music coaching capacities.  Michael has worked with schools and groups as a percussion instructor including Cudahy High School, The Lighthouse Brigade, and Whitefish Bay High School and has presented as a clinician in Wisconsin, Illinois and Washington.  Michael currently teaches a private studio of eight students who are learning percussion, voice, piano, trumpet, and guitar.  In addition to his teaching, Michael continues to perform marimba, vibraphone and piano at libraries, schools and private events and also plays vibraphone with the jazz fusion group, The Etherium Ensemble, and trumpet with Jaems Murphy’s Vedic Eden.

As a composer, Michael has written with one unique focus being marimba and voice. One of Michael’s marimba and voice works, The Power of Music, was used in a documentary called In Pursuit of Passion. His percussion ensemble works have been commissioned by The UWSP Percussion Ensemble, The Oak Creek Percussion Ensemble, and various groups in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Ohio and Washington.  Michael’s compositions have been published by C. Alan Publications and through self-publishing.  Recently, Michael composed Mikayla for euphonium and marimba duet (commissioned by Steven Darling) and Spaced In, commissioned by The Adna Pirate Percussion Ensemble in Chehalis, WA.  Currently, Michael is releasing recordings, including “Comprovisations,” a 3 volume collection of relaxing marimba solos.


Our Philosophy

The UWM Youth Wind Ensemble program (UWAY) is designed to supplement the instruction students receive from their school music programs and private teachers. Musical experiences include opportunities to perform symphonic and chamber wind-band repertoire with other exceptionally talented students from the region, being led and inspired by artist-faculty from UW-Milwaukee, and working closely with other musical members of the university community.

Our Supporters

National Board of Advisors

Dr. Gary Ciepluch (Cleveland Institute/Case Western Reserve Univ.)
Dr. John Climer (Univ. of Wisconsin-Milwaukee)
Prof. Thomas Dvorak (UWM Youth Music Founder/Prof. Emeritus, UWM)
Prof. Michael Haithcock (Univ. of Michigan)
Prof. Gary Hill (Arizona State Univ.)
Dr. Charles Meghini (VanderCook College)
Dr. Scott Stewart (Atlanta Youth Wind Symphony)

UWAY Board of Directors

Tom Reifenberg, Greendale High School
Jacob Polancich, Hartland Arrowhead High School
John Woger, Menomonee Falls High School
Sharie Garcia, Milwaukee High School of the Performing Arts
James Beckman, Muskego High School
Amy Fuchs, Oak Creek High School
Jon Waite, Sussex Hamilton High School
Kristi Wicihowski, West Allis Nathan Hale High School
Rob Engl, Wauwatosa East High School (retired)