Joni Greene - Composer-in-Residence

Joni Greene - Composer-in-Residence

Joni Greene, composer-in-residence

Joni Greene, composer-in-residence

Dr. Matthew Westgate, Director of Wind Studies

Dr. Matthew Westgate, Director of Wind Studies

Dr. Sara Jones, Assistant Professor of Music Education

Dr. Sara Jones, Assistant Professor of Music Education

Dr. Timothy T. Anderson, Director of the Minuteman Marching Band

Dr. Timothy T. Anderson, Director of the Minuteman Marching Band

MARK your calendars!

THE 33rd annual honor Band/CLINIC

february 10, 2018


*Auditions will be required for entry into the top ensemble only.

Teacher registration forms (below) are required for ALL participating students. All applications and auditions are due December 15th, 2017 by 11:59pm. Decisions about student acceptance and band placement will be distributed by early January 2018 to band directors via email. Spread the word!

Questions? Email Matt Sypek (





Students interested in performing in the "Greene Honor Band" with the UMass Wind Ensemble at the evening performance must submit an audition video for consideration. Percussionists: please prepare two different percussion excerpts. All excerpts and a step-by-step "How to Submit an Audition" video is below. Students only need to perform the bracketed sections for their audition.

 FLUTE                     OBOE                   BASSOON              CLARINET

BASS CL               ALTO SAX             TENOR SAX             BARI SAX

  HORN                  TRUMPET             TROMBONE          EUPH BC/TC

                                   TUBA                PERCUSSION


How-to video here


Educator track:

We are putting together a schedule for high school and middle school conductors that includes sessions taught by UMass faculty members, a lunch with music education students and faculty, a session with Joni Greene about repertoire and commissioning, a Wind Ensemble performance, and an excellent afternoon talk presented by the esteemed retired Director of Bands from Concord-Carlisle Regional High School, Al Dentino. At the end of the day, teachers can celebrate with their students at the 7:00pm evening concert. *If you are interested, please register below. This is FREE for teachers.

register for the educator track here



Joni Greene’s music is described as “rich, colorful, and expressive.” Her music is regularly performed throughout the United States and Canada and has received a number of international premieres. Her diverse catalog includes works for band, choir, orchestra, chamber ensemble, and chamber opera. Recent and notable awarded prizes include the 2nd and 3rd Frank Ticheli competition, ASCAP/Lotte Lehman “Damien Top” Prize, and the ACC Band Directors Association Emerging Artist Grant. Her work, The Moon Glistens, will be released on the 2016 Kansas University Wind Ensemble recording by Klavier Music Productions.

Ms. Greene is frequently performed and commissioned by consortiums, universities, school districts and chamber ensembles. Notable and upcoming commissions include works for opera and wind ensemble, soprano voice and chamber ensemble, concert band, and a harp concerto. Featured festival performances include the 2016 International Tuba Euphonium Conference, the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles conference in Taiwan, the Las Americas en Concierto/Composers in New York, the Albert Roussel International Festival in France, Essentially Choral Reading Sessions, and the North American Saxophone Alliance (NASA) Conference.

Analyses of Ms. Greene’s music for wind band may be found in the School Band and Orchestra (SBO) magazine and Manhattan Beach Times issues 5-7. Additionally, conductor Chad Simons recently published a dissertation on the topic of Ms. Greene’s life and music.

Ms. Greene holds MM and BM degrees from Indiana University. Her training also includes instruction abroad and at master-classes across the country. Principle instructors include: Michael Gandolfi, Sven-David Sandstrom, Kevin Puts, Don Freund, David Dzubay, Claude Baker, and Rafael Hernandez.

When she is not composing, Ms. Greene enjoys working in residence with all levels of concert band, orchestra, choir and chamber groups.  She currently resides in Austin, Texas with her husband and six-year-old son.

More info can be found here:



The Honor Band schedule for students will feature masterclasses with UMass faculty, a concert with the UMass Wind Ensemble, and a forum to interact with UMass music students. Lunch and dinner will be provided! Registration will begin at 8:00am and rehearsals will begin at 8:30am. Concert performance will be at 7:00pm. The cost is $40 per student, which covers everything, including lunch and dinner. 


In the event that we would have to postpone Honor Band due to weather, the top of this website page would have information about the changes.


GREENE HONOR BAND - Joni Greene and Dr. Matthew Westgate, conductors

MAROON WINDS - Dr. Sara Jones, conductor

MINUTEMAN WINDS - Dr. Timothy T. Anderson, conductor