About Our Woodwind Studios


Join a community of musicians dedicated to excellence and support. The woodwind studios at Central Washington University seek to provide you with a comprehensive education spanning both technical knowledge and performance opportunity.

Why Study Woodwinds at CWU?

Come perform with our excellent quartets, trios, symphonic and chamber orchestras, or take advantage of a range of soloist opportunities. Instrumentalists focusing on bassoon, clarinet, flute, oboe, and saxophone comprise a studio focused on practical skills, an engaging environment, and offering performances to enthusiastic audiences.

Studios and Audition Requirements


For additional information regarding program details and audition requirements, see specific studio information below.
  • Bassoon Studio

    Overview

    Our multi-faceted program allows you the flexibility to develop expressive musicianship while also focusing on important skills such as practice ethics and technical proficiencies. You’ll receive private lessons and studio classes, be able to participate in recitals, and learn from experienced voices in the industry.

    Experiences

    Performance opportunities for bassoon players at CWU include but are not limited to:

    • Wind Ensemble
    • Symphonic Band
    • Symphony Orchestra
    • Bassoon Studio
    • Chamber and Early Music Ensembles

    Audition Information

    In order to study Bassoon at CWU, you must first audition for the music faculty. Visit our Bassoon Audition Requirements page for specific information on the audition process. Transfer students should visit our Transfer Student Information for Music Majors page for important transfer student considerations.

  • Clarinet Studio

    Overview

    CWU's clarinet studio provides students with immersive study, weekly lessons and multiple performance opportunities.

    Relevant coursework in CWU’s different degree programs range from strong core work in theory and history, to intensive specialized courses in clarinet literature and pedagogy.

    Current and former students perform with such groups as US armed service bands, the Oregon, Walla Walla, Spokane, Yakima, Wenatchee Valley, Mid-Columbia and Okanagon (BC) Symphony Orchestras as well as the Seattle Symphony, Boston Philharmonic, and the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra.

    Experiences

    Performance opportunities for clarinet studio students include but are not limited to:

    • Wind Ensemble
    • Symphonic Winds
    • Symphonic Band
    • Symphony Orchestra
    • Mixed Chamber Ensembles
    • Clarinet Quartets
    • Woodwind Quintets
    • Marching Band
    • Basketball Band

    Audition Information

    In order to study Clarinet at CWU, you must first audition for the music faculty. Visit our Clarinet Audition Requirementspage for specific information on the audition process. Transfer students should visit our Transfer Student Information for Music Majors page for important transfer student considerations.

  • Flute Studio

    Overview

    The Flute Studio at CWU provides a challenging environment coupled with a highly supportive atmosphere. There are approximately 20 flutists currently at CWU who are music majors. Private instruction and peer learning are both priorities in the program. As you discover and refine your musical voice, you will gain invaluable experiences in performance, studio, and weekly lesson environments.

    In addition to the CWU legacy of high academic standards and a rich musical tradition, flute students become an integral component of the warmth and friendly atmosphere of the Department of Music, have access to a beautiful state-of-the-art facility, and are treated to close student-teacher relationships, small classes, frequent counseling, and an abundance of individual attention.

    Experiences

    Performance opportunities for flute at CWU include but are not limited to:

    • Wind Ensemble
    • Symphonic Winds
    • Symphonic Band
    • Symphony Orchestra
    • Mixed Chamber Ensembles
    • Flute Ensembles
    • Flute Choir
    • Woodwind Quintets
    • Marching Band
    • Basketball Band

    Audition Information

    In order to study Flute at CWU, you must first audition for the music faculty. Visit our Flute Audition Requirements page for specific information on the audition process. Transfer students should visit our Transfer Student Information for Music Majors page for important transfer student considerations.

  • Oboe Studio

    Overview

    Join the oboe studio at CWU and gain a network of support and opportunity spanning performance, career training, technical skill development, and immersive study. You will benefit from weekly lessons and various concerts and recitals throughout the academic year. Not only will you be welcomed by renowned faculty, you will become part of a close-knit community where you have access to a state-of-the-art facility, small class sizes, and individualized mentorship.

    Experiences

    As an oboe student, you will find numerous opportunities to perform in a variety of CWU Ensembles, including the University Symphony, Chamber Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, New Music Ensemble and Woodwind Chamber Ensembles to name a few.

    Audition Information

    In order to study Oboe at CWU, you must first audition for the music faculty. Visit our Oboe Audition Requirements page for specific information on the audition process. Transfer students should visit our Transfer Student Information for Music Majors page for important transfer student considerations.

  • Saxophone Studio

    Overview

    The saxophone studio at Central Washington University is dedicated to advancing each student's unique voice and artistry with the saxophone across a multitude of genres. Students will enter a competitive, collegial, and welcoming environment where they will challenge one another, foster artistic growth, and develop the necessary skills to achieve success in the musical world and beyond. When you choose to study saxophone at Central Washington University, you have committed to pursuing excellence in this field. You will receive well-rounded exposure and experience in many performance settings as well as intensive training for careers in teaching, performance, and research.

    Many current students, and alumni, have been successful within the field. Their teaching and performance careers vary from military band musicians, elementary, middle, and high school music educators, freelance musicians, members of professional Symphony Orchestras, and private studio teachers.

    Experiences

    It is highly encouraged that CWU saxophone students perform both on and off campus in a wide range of venues. Examples of off campus performances include local professional orchestras, international and national conferences, and competitions such as the World Saxophone Congress, the North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial and Region Conferences, the International Navy Band Saxophone Symposium, the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, and the Music Teacher’s National Association Solo and Chamber Music Competitions. Community engagement concerts may include libraries, museums, places of business, arts organizations, retirement communities, nursing homes, and public and private schools. CWU saxophonists will also participate regularly in master classes given by both saxophonists and non-saxophonists.

    Additional performance opportunities for saxophonists at Central Washington University include but are not limited to:

    • Wind Ensemble
    • Symphonic Band
    • Symphony Orchestra
    • Percussion Ensemble
    • Jazz Ensembles
    • Chamber and Early Music Ensembles
    • Marching Band
    • Basketball Band

    Audition Information

    In order to study Saxophone at CWU, you must first audition for the music faculty. Visit our Saxophone Audition Requirements page for specific information on the audition process. Transfer students should visit our Transfer Student Information for Music Majors page for important transfer student considerations.


Degrees Offered

  • Music Performance, BM
  • Music Education, BM
  • Music, BA
  • Master of Music

Questions? Contact us.

Josephine Wells
Professor of Music Clarinet
Phone: 509-963-1216
Email: Josephine.Wells@cwu.edu

Mary Jensen
Lecturer of Flute
Phone: 509-963-1216
Email: Mary.Jensen@cwu.edu

Shannon Spicciati
Lecturer of Oboe
Phone: 509-963-1216
Email: Shannon,Spicciati@cwu.edu

Dr. Daniel Lipori
Professor of Music Bassoon/Music History
Phone: 509-963-1216
Email: Daniel.Lipori@cwu.ed

Dr. Kendra Wheeler
Assistant Professor of Saxophone
Phone: 509-963-1216
Email: Kendra.Wheeler@cwu.edu

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