Rising Star

Rising Stars Shine with the TWS!

Through the Rising Star program, the Tennessee Wind Symphony provides membership to outstanding high school students. These students are full members of the ensemble and perform alongside our adult members.  Graduating senior Rising Stars have a scholarship opportunity through the TWS Scholarship Fund.

Membership is open to high school students who meet the following criteria:

  1. Students must be in 10th, 11th, or 12th grade.  Rising 10th graders are welcome in the summer!
  2. Students must have a recommendation from their band director/private teacher OR have auditioned for and made ETSBOA All-East Senior Clinic.
  3. Students must plan to attend all rehearsals, unless otherwise excused. Rehearsals are held on Tuesday nights in Knoxville.  Most concerts are on Sunday or Tuesday evenings.  Reliable transportation to rehearsals and concerts is a must.

Steps for Rising Star Membership

  1. Hit the "I AM INTERESTED" button, and complete our “CONTACT US” form.  Our Rising Star Coordinator will then contact you regarding our rehearsal schedule, directions, and what to do when you arrive at rehearsal.
  2. Sign up for our email list and Remind text message alerts.
  3. Pay your dues. Rising Stars pay $45 per year, which is half of full membership dues. Beginning Summer 2023, a blue TWS Rising Star shirt will be included with your membership!
Scholarship Fund

Rewarding Young Talent

Rising Star high school students have long been integral members of the ensemble, and these outstanding young men and women deserve support as they further their education.

The Wind Symphony will award a graduating high school senior from our Rising Star program (who meets all criteria) each spring, as funds allow. Our recipients:

2020: Nichole Hollenbeck, a french horn player from Roane County High School.

2023: Matthew Mihalic, a clarinet player from Central High School (Knoxville).

Scholarship monies come directly from the TWS budget. Donations to the TWS to assist this program are greatly appreciated.

Rising Star Coordinator

TWS Rising Stars

Megan Foster

May22 group