New in 2024-Inaugural Season!

Ohio Wesleyan University is proud to announce the inaugural season of the Delaware Youth Wind Symphony!  The ensemble will be led by OWU's Band Directors: Mrs. Melissa Grimes, Dr. Chris Lizak and Dr. Richard Edwards, and is open to current members of high school band programs in grades 9-12 who want to perform exciting concert band music with other talented students. 

We offer once a week concert band rehearsals on Sunday afternoons leading to a concert on May 5, 2024.  We're accepting applications now-see below to apply!! 

Seating Placement:  Seats will be determined based on teacher recommendations.  There will be no auditions for seating this first year.  Some chair placements may be changed after the first few rehearsals to ensure every student is on a part appropriate for their level.  Feel free to contact Dr. Lizak at any point for questions regarding placement.

Weekly Rehearsals: Rehearsals begin Sunday, February 25, 2024 and continue on subsequent Sundays from 2-4 PM, concluding with a final concert in Gray Chapel at on Sunday, May 5, 2024.

APPLY NOW: Fill out a short form about you, your school, instrument, and contact info. Click HERE!!!

Where:  Rehearsals will take place in Presser Rehearsal Room, located in Sanborn Hall on the campus of Ohio Wesleyan University.

Cost:  Cost for the group will be $60 per member.  All fees will go towards the following: a t-shirt for all members, music costs, guest artists and staff, and other logistics (e.g., program printing, concert live stream).

Online payments (preferred) can be made here: DYWS Member Payments

Cash/Check Payments will be accepted at the first rehearsal.

***No student will ever be denied a chance to join the group due to financial reasons.  Please contact Dr. Lizak ( if you need assistance.***

Department Contact Info


Ohio Wesleyan University
61 S. Sandusky St.
Delaware, OH 43015
P 800-922-8953
F 740-368-3314

Department Contacts

Chair: Frank Chiou
Associate Professor of Music

Academic Assistant: Lisa Hill
740-368-3702 (Sanborn Hall – Music)
740-368-3846 (Chappelear Drama Center – Theatre)