All of us within the marching arts community have been impacted by the early cancellation of the WGI 2020 season. While we understand that the 2020 version of our ensemble has come and gone, we would like to extend open arms to those high school seniors who had their last scholastic season cut short. We cannot recreate or replace your last season with your scholastic group, however we would like to extend our returning member discount of $100 off of our tuition to any student that graduated with the class of 2020 and participated in their schools winter program. We look forward to welcoming all of you to our Empyrean family, and hope that you can continue to make music and memories within this activity.
All of us at Empyrean Winds have been shocked and saddened by the events in recent weeks. Our hearts go out to the family and communities of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, as well as the unnumbered and unfilmed number of other black Americans who have needlessly died due to systematic and individual racism in this country.
Today, we would like to clearly voice our support for our members, alumni, and family: BLACK LIVES MATTER. We see you. We hear you. We stand with you. We must do better.
Empyrean Winds' goal is to create leaders in our community, and to give members a life changing experience through performance arts. It is however, increasingly apparent that this platform must also be used to promote justice, and not stand against racism, but to be actively anti-racist. We will not be silent. In the face of injustice, neither silence nor inaction solidifies the foundation for racial equality. We will not be silent. We will continue to do our part to root out racism, changing America for the better, permanently.
At Empyrean Winds, we strive to create an environment that is safe, inclusive, and tolerant for every member of our organization. Speaking directly to members past, present, or future, we reaffirm our commitment to teach every young people that walks through our doors that black lives do matter, as do those of all minorities.
Audition Packets for the 2020 season are live now! This season, Empyrean Winds will be using a new and unique audition process in order to provide accessibility to a larger number of potential members. For the 2020 season, the audition process will occur strictly through video auditions. Prospective members will have the opportunity to submit a video performing the required exercises, receive feedback from staff members, and resubmit. Anyone interested in auditioning may submit videos until the deadline of midnight on October, 20th. Only the final submission will be considered for membership in the 2020 ensemble. Any interested members can read more about this process, as well as view the required material in the audition packet that can be found on the "Join" page.
If there are any questions regarding this process, please email Cody Hinson at email@example.com.