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 the best of traditional and contemporary repertoire in an artistic environment with other exceptionally talented 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. The program is an integral co-curricular component of the Peck School of the Arts, and Youth Wind Ensemble 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 Southeastern Wisconsin.

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

2016-17 Tuition

First-year UWAY students: $350
Returning UWAY students: $300
Youth Percussion Ensemble (UWAY fee covers participation in this ensemble)

2016-17 Concert Dates

Sunday, October 16 at 3 PM
Sunday, December 4 at 3 PM
Tuesday, March 7 at 7:00 PM
Sunday, April 30 at 7:30 PM

Student Eligibility

Students may be a part of UWAY by qualifying through the annual spring (May) auditions. Members of the UWAY program must also be enrolled in and remain active with some aspect of their school’s music program.

The UWM Youth Wind Ensemble is open to students entering grades 9–12 in Fall 2016.


Fall (chair placement) Auditions

Sunday, August 28, 2016 Helene Zelazo Center for the Performing Arts (2419 E. Kenwood Blvd, UWM Campus)

Audition Schedule
Please make every attempt to audition within your instrument’s scheduled block of time. Auditions will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis within these blocks of time. If you must request a different time, please reschedule by Tuesday, August 23 (if you have not already done so). You may notify the UWAY administrators at

Enter the Zelazo Center through the SOUTH (parking lot) entrance for check-in, and we will show you the way to warm-up! A common warm-up room will be available beginning at 12:30PM. You may come early to warm-up, just before your audition.

Woodwind Room Alto Sax & Brass Room
Flutes 1-1:55PM Alto Saxophones 1-1:45PM
Oboes 2-2:20PM Horns 1:50-2:05PM
Bassoons 2:20-2:35PM Trumpets 2:05-2:55PM
Clarinets/Bass Clarinets 2:35-4:10PM Trombones 3-3:30PM
Tenor/Bari Saxophones 4:15-4:30PM Euphoniums 3:30-3:50PM
Tubas 4-4:30PM

Percussionists – Please prepare the posted excerpts and watch your email for additional information about your audition schedule!

Woodwind & Brass Audition Requirements
Please be ready to perform all of the requirements listed below. (The judges reserve the right to hear all or only some of the requirements.)

Major scales – In your instrument’s key of C, F, B-flat, G, and D. In steady quarter notes, MM=100; tongue up, slur down. Multiple octaves are encouraged, but left to the discretion of each individual student’s capabilities.

Chromatic scale – Steady quarter notes,  MM=160; all slurred. Two complete octaves are required.

Excerpts – Click the link to a PDF file for your instrument below. Prepare ALL of the music, per the instructions on the excerpts. For the sake of time on the audition day, only certain portions of the excerpt may be asked of you.

Bass Clarinet
Alto Saxophone
Tenor/Bari Saxophone

Piccolo – For Flute players wishing to be considered for Piccolo assignments, please prepare an additional short excerpt (of your choosing) to play on your audition.

Bass Trombone – For Trombonists who prefer Bass Trombone, please prepare an additional short excerpt (of your choosing) to play on your audition.

These August 28th auditions will assist us in preparing your part assignments for the first concert, and for the rest of the season. Your UWAY folder and the music for the first concert cycle will be available for pick-up at our annual WELCOME ORIENTATION on TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6 (6:30PM) This is for all UWAY students (returning and new) and their parent(s). At this gathering…

  • You may pick-up your UWAY folder and begin practicing for our first rehearsal on Tuesday, Sept. 13 (6:30-8:45PM)
  • Get your 2016-17 UWAY Handbook for more information about the program’s expectations and procedures
  • Listen to important details about the year ahead, and meet the staff
  • Make new UWAY friends, and reconnect with ones you may already know!


Scott R. Corley

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. Mr. 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. Mr. 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.

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, Mr. 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. Mr. 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. Mr. 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, Mr. 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.

john_woger_colorJohn 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 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)