Wind Symphony, conducted by Dr Warwick Potter, is QYO’s leading wind orchestra, offering 75 positions for advanced woodwind, brass and percussion players. WS performs major original works for wind orchestra, world premiéres and arrangements of symphonic and popular repertoire. Planned repertoire for 2019 includes music by Leonard Bernstein, Nigel Hess and the world premiére of Apollo 11, a major collaboration featuring seven composers with ties to both QYO in the year which celebrates the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing. In 2019, WS will play in three Concerts at Twilight at the Old Museum Concert Hall, the QYO Finale Concert at QPAC and may compete in the 2019 National Band Championships, held in Brisbane.
- 75-member wind orchestra
- Advanced wind orchestra repertoire
- Conductor: Dr Warwick Potter (since 2010)
- Rehearsals: Fridays 7.00pm-9.30pm at the Old Museum Building
- Sectional tutorials: on selected Fridays during rehearsal time
- Weekend music camp: Luther Heights, Coolum, Friday 1 to Sunday 3 March 2019
- Min. AMEB Grade 7 (guide only)
- Maximum age limit as at 31 December 2019: 23 years
- Flute (7), piccolo (2), oboe (2), cor anglais (1)
- Clarinet Bb (18), Eb soprano clarinet (1), Eb alto clarinet (1)
- Bass clarinet (2), contrabass clarinet (1)
- Bassoon (4), contrabassoon (1)
- Alto saxophone (2), tenor saxophone (1), baritone saxophone (1)
- French horn (4), trumpet (6), trombone (4), bass trombone (1),
- Euphonium (2), tuba (3)
- Double bass (2)
- Percussion (5)
Warwick Potter is one of Australia’s leading portfolio conductors equally at home conducting a professional ensemble as he is a youth orchestra. Director of Performance and Engagement at The University of Queensland, Warwick is the Conductor, The University of Queensland (UQ) Symphony Orchestra and Director, UQ Winds. His other UQ roles and responsibilities include being Coordinator of Winds, Director of Large Ensembles, Convenor of Friends of UQ Music, Convenor of UQ Music @ St John’s, Convenor of the School’s monthly 4MBS Classic FM Broadcast, and Convenor of the School’s Twitter account (musicuq). Furthermore, he lectures in instrumental conducting, bassoon performance, chamber music, and woodwind performance classes and is a member of the School’s research committee.
Professionally, he has conducted the Adelaide, Canberra, Darwin, Queensland (QSO), Tasmanian, West Australian Symphony Orchestras (WASO) and Camerata of St. John’s across a range of orchestral portfolios. In the youth ensemble sector, he has conducted the Queensland Youth Symphony (including The Planets at the express invitation of John Curro), Young Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra (Brisbane), MOST Symphony Orchestra (Education Queensland) and the Great Public Schools Symphony Orchestra since his move to Brisbane in 2010. He has commissioned multiple world premieres from Brisbane-based composers in recent years.
Warwick was responsible for the technical part of the Australian Music Examinations Board’s (AMEB) bassoon syllabus released in 2011. He has extensively examined for the AMEB and adjudicated for multiple eisteddfods in Queensland as well as for Education Queensland’s Fanfare program in 2014. As a bassoonist, he has played for the Australian Chamber Orchestra, QSO and WASO within Australia, the latter two orchestras as Guest Principal.
A former recipient of an Australian Postgraduate Award, Warwick successfully completed a PhD in Music Performance (conducting) at UQ in 2015. 2018 concerts include conducting the UQ Symphony Orchestra in performances of Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique (May 27) and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 10 (October 21) at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre. Warwick leaves for China tomorrow, leading a party of 32 people in a creative practice performance project with the Xi’an Symphony Orchestra.
Warwick has directed QYO Wind Symphony since 2010 in a genre that remains close to his heart.