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 a premier honors ensemble.
YWES is open to students in grades 8-12 and uses standard wind ensemble instrumentation. Our goal is to provide
students with an aesthetic, artistic experience to supplement their school band experience. Students are exposed to
challenging repertoire that meet the needs of musicians who aspire to advance their musical skills. The group showcases
its hard work in a series of concerts throughout the year. The focus of YWES is on developing high level musical
leadership skills and artistry that students can bring back to their respective school programs and ensembles. Through
this purpose, students in YWES give 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.
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.
Please have your music teacher fill out a recommendation form as well.
Contact Brooke Hopkins, Director of Enrollment and Family Engagement
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.
You are now able to register for private lessons and classes, manage your account with CMSS, and more. It is our hope that this new process will ease the process of registration, payment, and billing for you and all the members of our community.
If you would like to take advantage of our early bird discount which waives the 2019-2020 registration fee of $50, you must re-register online with the new ASAP system before May 20th. Creating an account with ASAP in April will also earn families 5 entries in our “Share the Love of CMSS” raffle for a chance to win a free year of lessons!
We are committed to helping families through this transition to an online-based registration system. If you would like to use one of our computers or would like one of our registration team members to assist you in re-registering for fall 2019, please feel free to call us or visit CMSS at your convenience Monday-Thursday 8am-8pm, or Friday 8am-7pm.