San Antonio Youth Wind Ensembles (SAYWE)

Welcome to SEASON 10!

St. Philip’s College is home for the San Antonio Youth Wind Ensemble (SAYWE). The ensemble was founded in 2010 as the premier Wind Ensemble for youth in San Antonio and surrounding areas. The ensembles’ mission is to provide a positive musical experience, in an artistic environment, for advanced wind and percussion players. SAYWE is a supplemental program for music education in the public and private schools in the region. SAYWE rehearses and performs grade five and six (collegiate and professional) wind ensemble literature. As an ensemble, SAYWE serves as ambassadors of culture and youth performance for the city of San Antonio and the surrounding area. The SAYWE season runs from November-June. In February of 2020, St. Philip's College will be celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the SAYWE program.

Mr. Roderick Leonard is the Principal Conductor for the SAWYE program.

Rod Leonard: Music Leadership Interview

Register for auditions

Woodwind and Brass: should prepare approximately 3-4 total minutes of music consisting of two contrasting excerpts, a fast/technical etude, and one slow/lyrical selection. Students are required to play 5 of the 12 Major scales and a full range chromatic scales Selected major & chromatic will be required.

Percussionists should prepare an excerpt from the following: snare, mallets (2 or 4 mallets), and timpani. Rudiments and scales will also be demonstrated. In addition to standard wind ensemble/concert band instrumentation, the SAYWE seeks performers on piano, string bass, and harp. Students who play multiple instruments (e.g., piccolo and flute, clarinet and bass clarinet, any of the saxophones, etc.) should indicate so at the audition, although only one audition is necessary.

Auditions are held in the Watson Fine Arts Center for all dates below. 

  • ­Sunday, October 6:11am-5pm
  • Sunday, October 13:11am-6pm
  • Sunday, October 20: 11am-6pm
  • Sunday, October 27:  11am-6pm

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about the San Antonio Youth Wind Ensemble

What is SAYWE?

The San Antonio Youth Wind Ensemble (SAYWE) was founded in 2010 as the premier honor wind ensemble for youth in the San Antonio and surrounding areas. Its mission is to provide a positive musical experience for advanced instrumentalists in wind and percussion performance. The program serves as a supplement to the outstanding music education programs in the public and private schools in the region.

When was SAYWE founded?

In January 2010, SAYWE began with 35 members.

How many ensembles are there?

Currently, we have one performing ensemble.

How long is the season?

The season runs from early November to the end of June

Who can audition for SAYWE?

Any band instrumentalist (woodwind, brass and percussion) who is between the ages of 12 through 20 as of September 1, 2019)

How can I register for an audition for SAYWE?

Go to http://bit.ly/2939NPg to register for an audition.

What is the audition process?

Auditions will be held on Sundays in October:

10/6, 10/13, 10/20, 10/27 from 11am-5pm in the Watson Fine Arts Center at St. Philip's College. 1801 Martin Luther King Drive, San Antonio, TX. 78203

Woodwind and Brass: should prepare approximately 3-4 total minutes of music consisting of two contrasting excerpts (one fast/technical and one slow/lyrical) from the standard solo and/or etude repertoire for their instrument. Selected major & chromatic scales will be asked, and sight-reading will be provided.

Percussionists: should prepare an excerpt from two out of the three of the following: snare, mallets (2 or 4 mallets), and timpani. Rudiments, scales, and timpani tuning will also be demonstrated.

In addition to standard wind ensemble/concert band instrumentation, the SAYWE seeks performers on Piano, String Bass, and Harp. Students who play multiple instruments (e.g. piccolo and flute, clarinet and bass clarinet, any of the saxophones, etc.) should indicate so at the audition, although only one audition is necessary. Students are evaluated on the basis of tone quality, intonation, technique, timing, rhythmic accuracy, musicianship, expressiveness, and reading ability.

When will we find out our audition results?

Audition results will be emailed/posted on November 1, 2019.

What if I can’t make the scheduled audition dates?

You can schedule an audition by contacting the Music Director/Resident Conductor, Mr. Roderick Leonard.

His contact information is: rleonard1108@gmail.com or rleonard11@alamo.edu

Office phone is 210/486-2620; Cell phone is: 210/385-3148

Is there tuition for the program?

Similar programs of this caliber charge in excess of $750 a season, plus an audition fee and a down payment. The tuition for the San Antonio Youth Wind Ensemble is only $180.00 for the season.

  • $80.00 NON REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT is due November 2nd.

We will offer on-site registration at rehearsal November 2nd

  • $100.00 Tuition Cost due on or before March 1st.
Do I have to pay the entire tuition upfront?

No. There is an $80.00 non-refundable fee, and the balance of $120.00 is due by February 1, 2020.

When are rehearsals?

Saturdays: SAYWE meets mostly on Saturday Mornings.

An official Calendar will be posted by 10/30/2019.

What happens if I have to miss a rehearsal due to conflict? (EX. School function…)

SAYWE administration is supportive of the primary music programs in San Antonio. If a conflict exists between the students’ primary program and SAYWE, we support the choice of the primary program event. We need the support of our region’s band directors. We do ask that you notify us once you are aware of a conflict.

SAYWE VIP Guest Conductors

SAYWE is proud to share our Spring Spectacular VIP guest conductors.

This list includes:

Frank Ticheli  http://music.usc.edu/frank-ticheli/
Jerry Junkin http://music.utexas.edu/about/people/junkin-jerry
Larry Livingston https://music.usc.edu/larry-j-livingston/
Sey Ahn https://seyahn.wordpress.com/

For 2020, we are proud to share that Jerry Junkin will be returning to the podium in May.

Contact Information

Director:
Nina McGrath
nmcgrath@alamo.edu 
210-486-2704
MLK Learning and Leadership Development Center, LLDC (Building #17) Office 114-A
101 Meerscheidt @ Dakota Street
San Antonio, TX 78203