2017-2018 Season Audition Info

Orchestra Dress Rehearsal

As conductor of the Metropolitan Atlanta Youth Wind Ensemble, it is with great enthusiasm that I look forward to our audition days for the upcoming season of MAYWE. Registration is open online! Whether it was music of familiar composers like Sibelius, Rimsky-Korsakov, and Grainger, or new music from wind ensemble contemporaries Tyler S. Grant, Aaron Perrine, Rolf Rudin, Steven Bryant, or John Mackey, our student performers gave invigorated, heart-felt, compelling musically expressive performances throughout the entire 2016-2017 season.

I look forward to the continued musical excellence that is the legacy of MAYWE as we prepare for another incredible year of musical exploration. Each of our three concerts are prepared in approximately 6-8 rehearsals. I hope you will consider auditioning to become a part of the 70+ all-state and honor band members from around the entire Atlanta-metro area who are MAYWE.  If you have any questions, please feel free to email us at mayweinfo@gmail.com

David W. Vandewalker, Music Director and Conductor



CLICK HERE for audition information

Audition Fees are $25 (non-refundable) for each student auditioning.

Auditions will be held on the following dates at the Georgia State University School of Music:

Sunday, August 28: 1-5pm

Monday, August 29: 7:00pm-9:00pm

Tuesday, August 30: 7:00pm-9:00pm

The first rehearsal and required parent meeting will be September 12, 2016.

For tuition information, see the Tuition section under the Members section of the maywe.org website.



First Rehearsal and Parent Meeting!

Congratulations on your acceptance into MAYWE!  You are among the elite high school musicians in the greater Atlanta area. You should be extremely proud of your musical accomplishments.

Our season will begin with a mandatory parent/musician meeting and first rehearsal on Monday, September 12th at 7:15 pm in the Aderhold Learning Center at Georgia State University. Students will meet in Room 405 and the Parent Meeting will be in Room 430.  Rehearsal will conclude at 9 p.m. The parent meeting includes an informational meeting reviewing policy and rehearsal matters and will conclude with the process of submission of payments and forms.

Directions and parking information can be found on the MAYWE website: www.maywe.org.

Invoices have been emailed to those who included email contact info as part of the online audition registration. One can save time at the meeting by paying the tuition (online via the link provided on the invoice) prior to the meeting on Monday.

Please note the following:

  • This is the only meeting that MAYWE will have for the entire year and it is mandatory that at least one parent be present.
  • The following forms were distributed at the audition and should be completed and turned in at the meeting:
    • Parent & Musician Contract
  • Medical Waiver and General Release
  • Credit Card Authorization Form, if this is how you are paying tuition
  • Additionally, the following forms attached for your review:
    • Ensemble Etiquette
    • Absence Notification Form – to be turned in for any known absences
  • Tuition is the sole source of operating revenue for MAYWE.  Checks should be made payable to VISION PUBLICATIONS.  This season’s tuition is $450.00 but a 15% discount is applied to all payments received on or before September 12th for a cost of $382.50

If tuition is not paid in full utilizing the early bird discount, then a COMMITMENT FEE OF $250 is due on September 12, 2016 to secure a position in the ensemble with the balance of the final $200 due no later than October 3, 2016. Parents may, if necessary, take advantage of the payment plan listed on the credit card authorization form.

Be sure to leave early to give yourself enough travel and parking time.  If you are early there is a Starbucks in the Equitable Building directly across the street from Aderhold.  Restaurants (Jimmy Johns, Moe’s, Subway, Rosa’s Pizza, etc.) are also available on Broad street also next to Aderhold.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at mayweinfo@gmail.com.

We look forward to seeing you all on September 12th at 7:15 pm.

Pulitzer Prize Composer Residency


Michael Colgrass will share his insights about his music as a special MAYWE guest in November.



Michael Colgrass (b. 1932) began his musical career in Chicago where his first professional experiences were as a jazz drummer (1944-49). He graduated from the University of Illinois in 1954 with a degree in performance and composition and his studies included training with Darius Milhaud at the Aspen Festival and Lukas Foss at Tanglewood. He served two years as timpanist in the Seventh Army Symphony Orchestra in Stuttgart, Germany and then spent eleven years supporting his composing as a free-lance percussionist in New York City where his wide-ranging performance venues included the New York Philharmonic, American Ballet Theater, Dizzy Gillespie, the Modern Jazz Quartet, the original West Side Story orchestra on Broadway, the Columbia Recording Orchestra’s Stravinsky Conducts Stravinsky series, and numerous ballet, opera and jazz ensembles. Continue reading “Pulitzer Prize Composer Residency”