The area of Wind Ensemble Activities at Columbus State University is directed by Dr. Jamie L. Nix. This area includes the CSU Wind Ensemble, Wind Orchestra, Chamber Winds, and the Graduate Wind Band Conducting program. The Wind Ensemble performs repertoire spanning almost 500 years, from the Renaissance period to today's modern, cutting-edge works. One of the guiding principles of the ensemble is the connection to leading musical minds. Through commissioning and performance of new works by highly regarded composers to collaborations with world-class performing artists, the CSU Wind Ensemble has distinguished itself as a leader among university ensembles. In 2012, the CSU Wind Ensemble performed for the GMEA State Conference and the College Band Directors National Association Southern Division Conference. Through CSU's annual Conductors Workshop, the ensembles have hosted many guest conductors, including Frederick Fennell, Donald Hunsberger, H. Robert Reynolds, Mallory Thompson, Eugene Migliaro Corporon, Rodney Winther, Andrew Boysen, Gary Hill, Craig Kirchhoff, Hal Gibson, James Jordan, Paula Crider, Frank Battisti, Tom Lee, Jerry Junkin, James Keene, Jack Delaney, Gary Green, Kevin Sedatole, and Steve Davis. The 2013 guests are H. Robert Reynolds and Allan McMurray. Guest soloists and ensembles are a vital part of the regular curriculum and have included many faculty soloists as well as nationally recognized performers such as Charlie Vernon, Mikhail Yanovitsky, Marimba Yajalon, Andrew Harnsberger, Jonathan Keeble, Peter Kurau, Jens Lindemann, Joseph Alessi, John Bruce Yeh, Chris Martin, Mark Hughes, Phil Smith, and others. The area of Wind Ensemble Activities has also been active in several commissions and consortia including Carter Pann's new Symphony for Winds, Mason Bates' Sea Blue Circuitry, Shafer Mahoney's Symphony in E-flat for Wind Orchestra (on the Summit recording Wind Legacy), Dorothy Chang's Sunan Dances (on the Summit recording Journey), J.M. David's Sinfonietta No. 1 (on the Summit recording Electric Dawn), and I wander in a dream of my own making by Christopher Theofanidis (on the Summit recording Visions).
Commercial recordings of the CSU Wind Ensemble are available through the school or any major music dealer throughout the world including Barnes & Noble, i-Tunes, and on-line providers.
Prelude, Fugue, and Riffs - NEW CD to be released in 2014 (recorded 2011-13)
Wind Legacy - Released November 2003 - Summit
Recordings - Recorded 2001-02
Journey - Released June 2004 - Summit Recordings - Recorded 2002-03
Velocity - Released November 2005 - Summit Recordings - Recorded 2003-04
Electric Dawn - Released April 2006 - Summit Recordings - Recorded 2004-05
Visions - Featuring Joseph Alessi - Released January 2008 - Summit Recordings - Recorded 2006
Synergy - Featuring John Bruce Yeh - Released November 2009 - Naxos Recordings - Recorded 2007