The Woodwinds area in our northwest music school is designed to instruct flute, clarinet, oboe, saxophone, and bassoon students through a varied and dynamic curriculum. You will join other passionate students in our college music program that are excited to hone their craft and develop their skills. You’ll thrive here, particularly if you have an innate sense of curiosity and camaraderie about music and are open to a wide range of learning opportunities.

Build Your Skills

Just like everyone in our college music program, as a woodwind student you can anticipate an intense and challenging practice and performance schedule. We believe in giving you a foundational set of skills in music, as well as helping your artistic growth as a musician.

Experienced Faculty

You will learn in individual sessions with your applied music professors in our college music program. They will help you with your quarterly goals and classes, as well as help you prepare for larger-scale projects, such as your junior and senior recitals. Our faculty is known for their vast professional and instructional experience.

Award-Winning Ensembles

At our Northwest music school, you can participate and perform in band, orchestra, and various chamber groups. There are plenty of on-campus performances (from orchestral concerts to playing for theater productions), as well as many chances to sharpen your skills off-campus at shows around town and local conferences.

Prepare For Your Career

After graduating, our alumni have gone on to careers as performers or composers. Many of our students continue in graduate studies for careers as musicians or music educators. Some Woodwinds majors decide to double major, and while they might enter another career field, they value their music studies as something that deeply enriches their lives.

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Flutist, Sydney Carlson has been inspiring audiences with her sparkling and expressive playing for over 30 years. Highly sought after as a performer and mentor, Sydney has concertized and taught in Mexico, Europe, China, South America, and throughout the United States.