Southeastern Wind Symphony cited with Global Music Awards
Monday, October 6, 2014
by: Rene Abadie
WIND SYMPHONY HONORED – The Southeastern Louisiana University Wind Symphony, shown here in a performance at Orchestra Hall in Chicago, has been honored with first and second place awards in the 2014 Global Music Awards competition.
HAMMOND – The Southeastern Louisiana University Wind Symphony has been honored with first and second place awards in the 2014 Global Music Awards competition.
Led by Professor of Music and Director of Bands Glen J. Hemberger, the Wind Symphony was the only university and one of eight entries to receive the Gold Medallion in the category of Symphonic Band Music. The group also received a Silver Medallion for outstanding achievement in the Instrumental Music category.
Both awards were presented to the symphony for its compact disc recording, "Live in Concert," which was recorded at Southeastern's Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts and when the group performed in the famed Orchestra Hall in Chicago.
The Global Music Awards program is intended to celebrate independent musicians rather than just best-selling recording artists. It is considered a showcase for original music, unique voices and emerging artists.
The Southeastern Wind Symphony is an all-student ensemble comprised of 50 undergraduate and seven graduate students enrolled at Southeastern.
"Winning these awards in an international forum is a huge accomplishment for a university music program," Hemberger said. "I see every day how hard our students work in preparing for their performances, and it is rewarding to see that hard work recognized."