Youth Wind Ensemble of Springfield (YWES) brings together the most outstanding wind, brass and percussion students from communities and schools in the greater Springfield area to create an premier honors ensemble. YWES is open to students in grades 8-12 and will use standard wind ensemble instrumentation. Our goal is to provide students with an aesthetic, artistic experience to supplement their school band experience. Students will be exposed to challenging repertoire that will meet the needs of musicians who aspire to advance their musical skills. The group will showcase its hard work in a series of concerts throughout the year. The focus of YWES will be on developing high level musical leadership skills and artistry that students will bring back to their respective school programs and ensembles. Through this purpose, students in YWES will be giving back to their own school ensembles while growing their own individual musicianship.

We are seeking motivated, talented students to join YWES in its musical journey. Music educators are encouraged to recommend their top tier players for this honors group. Don’t miss this opportunity! Encourage your students to sign up as early as possible.

Grades 8-12
Saturdays 10:00AM to 12:00pm
Chris Moehringer, Conductor and Music Director
$300 for full year; free if student is enrolled in lessons at CMSS.
To determine eligibility please fill out registration form: (New students, click here; current CMSS students, click here).
Please have your music teacher fill out a recommendation form as well.

Questions? Contact:
Christiana Racicot, Registrar
413-732-8428 ext. 104

About the Director:

Chris Moehringer, conductor, trombone, is a graduate from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with degrees in Music Education and Trombone performance. As a conductor and performer, Chris has worked with many groups around the Pioneer Valley including the Valley Winds, Florence Community Band, Amherst College Orchestra and Mount Holyoke Jazz Ensemble. Chris maintains an active chamber music schedule playing with groups of all genres. He is currently a band director at the High School of Science and Technology in Springfield.