Prelude Winds

SEMYO is pleased to announce the launch of Prelude Winds starting in September of 2022! Prelude Winds is a fun, educational ensemble for young musicians who play a woodwind, brass, or percussion instrument. Participants will learn proper instrument technique, how to play together as an ensemble, and how to follow a conductor.

In addition to playing a wind and percussion ensemble, participants will have opportunities to perform in an orchestral setting with SEMYO string players.

Prelude Winds is open to youth who are starting grades 5-8 in the fall with 1-2 years’ experience on any band instrument. A simple audition is required that will include one scale and a musical excerpt. Visit our audition page for instructions on how to submit an audition.


Conductor - Sarah Vinzant

SEMYO welcomes Sarah Vinzant as conductor of Prelude Winds. Originally from Sioux Falls, SD, she attended the University of South Dakota and earned her degree in Music Education. From there she moved to Rochester and is currently in her sixth year of teaching band at Kasson-Mantorville Middle and High School. She is very active in the area as a private flute teacher, MN All-State Band Coach, and musician in local ensembles (Rochester Pops Orchestra, Choral Arts Ensemble and Rochester Community Band)

Rehearsal and Performance Dates

Rehearsals: Saturday mornings from 10-11:30 a.m. (early September to Mother’s Day with holiday breaks). Rehearsals will tentatively take place at Kellogg Middle School (503 17th ST NE, Rochester).

Performances: Prelude Winds will perform in three formal concerts. Concert dates for the 2022-2023 season include November 13, February 26, and May 21.

Fees & Scholarships

Cost: Participation fee of $150 per trimester (season – $450) + $50 Registration Fee per family.

SEMYO is open to all student musicians regardless of financial constraints. To apply for a scholarship click here.

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