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Contributing to the repertoire of

conducted chamber works for winds and percussion

Recommended by the CBDNA- College Band Directors National Association as a resource for new repertoire

  • Offer more of our students/ performers the opportunity to play in chamber wind ensembles.

    • With a recent focus on saxophone, euphonium, and percussion players.

  • Offer conductors a greater variety of repertoire and instrumentation in the chamber winds category. Especially:​

    • Those looking to address potential class-size limitations as a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic

    • Directors of small universities with challenges in instrumentation and ensemble numbers

    • Graduate students looking for new repertoire for their conducting recitals

    • Those looking to give their double reed players a much needed break!​'

  • Begin new projects for all conductors  to contribute to commissions and consortium​s that will increase our wind repertoire, including those with limited budgets (small universities, secondary schools, community ensembles and graduate students looking to make a purposeful impact to the repertoire early in their career)

Goals of The Chamber Winds Project:

Previous Performances by...

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The Dallas Winds

Fanfare for a New Day

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University of Hawai'i


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University of Oklahoma

Fanfare for a New Day

Colorado State University

Lucy and Embers in the Black

Mercer University

Lucy and


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Purdue Univ.
Fort Wayne

Embers in the Black

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University of Denver

Embers in the Black

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University of Minnesota

Fanfare for a New Day

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University of Michigan


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University of Colorado

Slate and Embers in the Black

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Louisiana State University

Embers in the Black

University of Akron

Fanfare for a New Day

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University of South Dakota


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University of Western Mich.

Embers in the Black

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The College of New Jersey

Embers in the Black

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Embers in the Black

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Ball State University

Embers in the Black

University of  Northern Colo.

Fanfare for a New Day

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Carson-Newman University


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Columbus State University

Embers in the Black

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Truman State University

Embers in the Black

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Buffalo State College

Embers in the Black

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Repertoire Available Now:

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Chamber Woodwinds and Percussion


10 players: 2 Fl, 2 Cl, 1 B.Cl, 3 Sax,  2 Perc

Duration: ca. 7 min

A lush, lyrical work with fresh harmonies and color combinations between woodwinds and percussion. Music for ensembles and conductors looking to feature their delicate, nuanced, and expressive playing.

Fanfare for a New Day

Winner: 2019 Dallas Winds Fanfare Competition

Brass and Percussion


Duration: ca. 3 min

21 Players: 6 Tpt- 4 Hn - 3 Tbn - 2 Euph - 2 Tba - 3 Perc + Timp

Premiered by the Dallas Winds in 2019 under the baton of Matteo Dal Maso who describes the piece as " epic composition of joy."


Chamber Brass and Percussion


10 players: 2 Tpt, 2 Hn, 2 Tbn, Eup, Tba, 2 Perc

Duration: ca. 5 min

An energetic, rhythmic work with multiple meter changes.


Semi-finalist, 2022 The American Prize in Composition

Chamber Woodwinds and Percussion


13 players: Picc , Fl, 2 Cl, B. Cl, CB. Cl*, 4 Sax, 3 Perc

*Part available for tuba or string bass

Duration: ca. 8 min

Expressive soloist playing combined with passages full of aggressive rhythms, timbres, and unique colors through instrumentation and orchestration.


2 Tpt, 2 Hn, 3 Tbn, 1 Eup,1 Tba, Pno

Duration: ca. 5 ½ min

Lyrical choral work with fresh harmonies adapted for brass ensemble and piano.


"...Kevin is not only an already seasoned composer, but he is a marvelous conductor..."

- Carter Pann, Composer, Pulitzer-Prize Finalist

With a growing number of premieres in the United States and Europe, Kevin Poelking is an emerging American composer. His music has been performed by the Dallas Winds, multiple European groups, and ensembles at major American universities including The University of Michigan, CU-Boulder, Virginia Tech, Colorado State University, Oregon State University, The University of Akron, The University of Southern Mississippi, and Emory University in Atlanta. He is a regularly commissioned composer in his home state of Colorado and beyond.  

Poelking studied percussion and music education at the University of South Carolina before obtaining a Master of Music in Wind Conducting with Dr. Rebecca Phillips. The limited variety of repertoire he encountered while programming for his conducting recital gave birth to The Chamber Winds Project.


His composition teachers include award-winning composer Dr. James M. David and Pulitzer Prize-Nominated composer Dr. Carter Pann.

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