Adelante Winds is a multicultural chamber ensemble based in San Antonio, Texas which focuses on educating and exposing audiences to a diverse range of composers and styles. After attending the Imani Winds Chamber Music Festival in 2012, founding members Sabrina Stovall and Ruth Aguirre were inspired to challenge their perspective on chamber music for wind players.
Adelante, which means forward, is the ensemble’s mantra in exploring new sounds and imaginative ideas for the woodwind quintet. The ensemble aspires to challenge itself and its audience to approach music in innovative ways.
An expanded and exciting repertoire has allowed the quintet numerous performance opportunities throughout Texas including colleges and universities such as San Antonio College, Northwest Vista College, Texas State University, and Texas A&M University – Kingsville. Their recitals often include compelling collaborations with groups such as the Olmos Basin Brass quintet and Grammy- winning percussionist Nina Rodriguez. The Texas Music Educators Association selected the group to present a showcase of diverse, new music at its annual conferences in 2015 and 2017. In 2016, Adelante Winds performed in New York as part of the Imani Winds Chamber Music Festival. San Antonio’s The Heart of Texas Concert Band invited Adelante Winds to perform Jeff Scott’s Baile Si Quiere in 2017.
Adelante Winds was honored to serve its San Antonio community by performing at an International Day Celebration: an event, coordinated by Adelante Winds french hornist LaNetra Carther, designed to foster community and celebrate diversity in the Adult Education Program of North East Independent School District of San Antonio, TX. In September 2017, Hurricane Harvey had a significant impact on the local community. The ensemble felt compelled to organize a benefit concert to provide diapers, canned foods, and other provisions to those affected by the major natural disaster.
Adelante Winds looks forward to working with educational programs in elementary and secondary schools, commissioning new music, releasing an album in 2018, collaborating with outreach groups for local communities, and continuing to perform with divergent artists
Emily Joy Sullivan – Spirit Moves
Bronwen McVeigh – Spring Songs