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Wind & Percussion

The Wind/Percussion area serves a large number of students at Hope College. Many areas of study for majors and non-majors exist, along with many ensemble opportunities including Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, orchestras, jazz ensembles, chamber ensembles, flute choir, brass ensemble, woodwind quintet, saxophone quartet, and percussion ensemble. Ensembles such as the flute choir, brass ensemble and others frequently perform for Vespers and other special concerts.The area is committed to providing a quality, educational experience that includes exposure to exceptional guest artists. Through the Great Performance Series, guest soloists performing with Hope ensembles, and guest recitalists, Hope students are continually exposed to and learn from some outstanding guest artists and ensembles.  
Gabe Southard*, Associate Professor of Music, Director of Bands, Flute
Adam Briggs, Instructor of Music, Saxophone
Genevieve Beaulieu, Instructor of Music, Bassoon
Allen French, Instructor of Music, French Horn
Pamela Smitter, Instructor of Music, Trumpet
Joel Schekman, Instructor of Music, Clarinet
Greg Secor, Instructor of Music, Percussion
Julie Sooy, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music, Flute
Sarah Southard, Instructor of Music, Oboe
Paul Wesselink, Instructor of Music, Trombone/Tuba

* Head of the Wind & Percussion Area


Previous guests include:

  • Barrick Stees, Associate Principal Bassoon, The Cleveland Orchestra
  • John Daniel, Professor of Trumpet, Lawrence Conservatory of Music
  • David Jackson, Professor of Trombone, The University of Michigan
  • Thomas Bacon, Hornist
  • Center City Brass Ensemble
  • Kalamazoo Symphony Woodwind Quintet
  • Lincoln Center Chamber Players

Students who wish to study a wind/percussion instrument must obtain approval from the instructor. Please see the degree pages for detailed description of semester performance and jury requirements. Many instruments are available for check out for students who do not own their own instrument.

For more information on the Wind & Percussion Area, please contact Dr. Gabe Southard