World Youth Wind Symphony


World Youth Wind Symphony

Globally renowned as one of the world’s finest youth ensembles, the World Youth Wind Symphony is Interlochen Arts Camp’s most advanced wind ensemble. Led by acclaimed conductors, WYWS presents a diverse and challenging repertoire that ranges from band standards to new works by emerging composers.

As a member of the World Youth Wind Symphony, you’ll rehearse alongside the world’s most talented wind and percussion students. You’ll play under the batons of the nation’s finest conductors, perform in breathtaking venues, and polish your skills in weekly private lessons. You’ll also forge lifelong friendships and join thousands of Interlochen alumni as part of a nearly 100-year musical tradition. 

WYWS Conductors

Deeply passionate about working with young artists, the World Youth Wind Symphony conductors lead daily rehearsals and serve as mentors, role models, and inspirations for Interlochen Arts Camp’s wind students. As leaders of some of the world’s most prestigious collegiate and professional ensembles, the WYWS conductors bring decades of experience as educators and interpreters of wind band literature to their roles at Interlochen Arts Camp.

Please note the gallery may showcase previous conductors.

Steven D. Davis

Steven D. Davis

University of Missouri-Kansas City,
World Youth Wind Symphony

Sharon Laverty

Sharon Lavery

University of Southern California,
World Youth Wind Symphony

Jamie Nix

Jamie Nix, D.M.A.

Columbus State University,
World Youth Wind Symphony

Shanti Simon

Shanti Simon, D.M.A.

University of Oklahoma,
World Youth Wind Symphony

Dennis Llinas

Dennis Llinás

University of Oregon,
World Youth Wind Symphony

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Jung-Ho Pak

Cape Symphony, World Youth Symphony Orchestra, World Youth Wind Symphony, and Interlochen Philharmonic

The Rep

The World Youth Wind Symphony rehearses and performs a diverse, advanced, and exciting repertoire. Each week, the ensemble presents a balanced program that encompasses marches, orchestral transcriptions, wind band standards, and contemporary compositions. The ensemble frequently presents world premiere performances of new works for wind symphony.

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World Youth Wind Symphony horn player

Valade Fellows

The Valade Fellows are teaching artists and sought-after professional musicians who guide and mentor our high school wind students. They attend rehearsals, lead sectionals, and offer instrument-specific perspectives on a variety of musical and professional topics.

Please note the gallery may showcase previous instructors.

All Faculty

Matthew Roitstein

Matthew Roitstein

Associate Principal Flute
Houston Symphony Orchestra

Sharon Sparrow

Sharon Sparrow

Assistant Principal Flute
Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Dwight Parry

Dwight Parry

Principal Oboe
Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

Linda Strommen

Linda Strommen

Professor of Oboe
Indiana University

William Short

William Short

Principal Bassoon
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra

Timothy McAllister

Timothy McAllister, D.M.A.

Professor of Saxophone
University of Michigan

Zach Shemon

Zachary Shemon

Associate Professor of Saxophone
University of Missouri-Kansas City

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Brad Gemeinhardt

Principal Horn
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra

Bruce Henniss

Bruce Henniss

Associate Professor of Horn
Ohio State University

John Aley

John Aley

Principal Trumpet
Madison Symphony Orchestra

Vincent DiMartino

Vincent DiMartino

Valade Fellow, Instructor of Trumpet

Mark Lusk

Mark Lusk

Professor of Trombone
Penn State

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Philip Sinder

Professor of Tuba and Euphonium
Michigan State University

David Zerkel

David Zerkel

Professor of Tuba and Euphonium
University of Michigan

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