University Bands

WIU Chamber Wind Program

Chamber Player

Students in the WIU Wind Ensemble are presented with the opportunity to further develop musical independence through our chamber wind program. Our two chamber wind ensembles meet weekly and present a concert mid semester both fall and spring.

The “WIU Chamber Players” is conducted by Dr. Mike Fansler and the “WIU Chamber Winds” are conducted by Dr. Matt Thomas. Students are exposed to both standard chamber wind repertoire as well as more contemporary works. Recently, the chamber groups have performed the music of: Adler, Beethoven, Bird, Dvořák, Gabrieli, Gounod, Grieg, Haydn, Hindemith, Husa, Jacob, Krommer, Lully, Mozart, Palestrina, Persichetti, Raff, Sibelius, Strauss, Sweelinck, and Washburn.


  • Dr. Mike Fansler, Director of Bands
  • Dr. Matt Thomas, Associate Director of Bands