Studio Overview

The Clarinet Studio at Colorado State University is a dynamic and engaging program brimming with opportunities.

Value is placed on achieving career goals,as well as striving for personal growth. The discipline needed to develop advanced skills on the clarinet is used in a broader context. A great amount of emphasis is placed on problem-solving, attention to detail, accountability, and fundamentals of technique, as well as developing leadership qualities, individual expression, and becoming self-aware. These are the values that students will take away with them long after graduation, into wherever their life and career path takes them.

In the context of a supportive environment, students learn from one another by striving to succeed. Group discussion on pertinent topics, weekly performance masterclasses, and participation in chamber music groups and large ensembles allow students to become active performers and apply their knowledge in context.

Guest artists are continually brought in to stimulate learning, and outside opportunities throughout the academic year and into the summer months are encouraged and sought out.

Dr. Wesley Ferreira provides a large amount of individual attention to each student, discerning their strengths and weaknesses and developing an individualized clarinet curriculum to meet their needs and career goals. He encourages thinking outside of the box and developing ones marketability in the ever-evolving place of music within society. Technology is used to analyze physical and aural issues impeding growth and Ferreira uses several non-musical devises and gadgets to spark awareness and give confidence to students performing on the clarinet. His personal mantra of "Press On" has become the clarinet studio mantra. Through persistence and determination, students can achieve success as people and as musicians.

The Clarinet Studio averages 18—22 students.

Live Q&A Session with members of the Colorado State University...

Live Q&A Session with members of the Colorado State University Clarinet Studio Katie Oglesby, Anthony Aguayo, Asa Graf, Becca Stapfer, Lara Mitofsky Neuss, Kate Judith.

Posted by Colorado State University Clarinet Studio under Wesley Ferreira on Sunday, April 2, 2017

Audition Requirements

Undergraduate audition (all degrees)

I. Scales

  • All Major scales with arpeggios.
  • All Minor scales (ability to perform in at least one minor form) with arpeggios.

 II. Sight Reading

  • Two (2) Contrasting works: Audition should consist of contrasting selections or movements from standard clarinet literature and/or etudes.

III. Suggested Etude Books

  • Melodious and Progressive Etudes, Book 2, edited by David Hite, published by Southern Music
  • Rose's 32 Etudes

IV. Suggested Standard Literature

  • Weber: Concertos or Concertino
  • Mozart: Concerto
  • Schumann: Fantasy Pieces
  • Osborne: Rhapsody
  • Stravinsky: Three Pieces
  • Vaughn Williams: Six English Folk Songs
  • Finzi: Five Bagatelles
Graduate audition

I. Scales: Students will be asked to perform 4—5, randomly

  • All Major scales with arpeggios & 3rds
  • All Minor scales (ability to perform in at least one minor form) with arpeggios. Range from low E to high G
  • All Major and Minor 3rds. Range from low E to high G

II. Repertoire:

  • One (1) standard Classical work for clarinet, such as (but not limited to) a movement from Mozart: Concerto, K. 622
  • One (1) Romantic era work, such as (but not limited to) one movement of a Brahms sonata
  • One (1) 20th-century work with piano accompaniment, such as (but not limited to) one movement from Poulenc Sonata
  • One (1) 20th-century unaccompanied work, such as (but not limited to) Stravinsky: Three Pieces for Solo Clarinet

III. Excerpts - Two (2) standard orchestral excerpts (of varying tempos), such as (but not limited to) the following:

  • Beethoven - Symphony No. 8, mov't 3 Menuetto (Trio)
  • Brahms - Symphony No. 4, Andante Moderato
  • Tchaikovsky - Symphony No. 5, all excerpts from the International Series
  • Borodin - Polovetsian Dances, all excerpts from the International Series
  • Mendelssohn - Scherzo from A Midsummer Night's Dream, measures 1—48
  • Rimsky-Korsakov - Scheherazade, all excerpts from the International Series

Guest Artists


Study With

Wesley Ferreira

Associate Professor of Music; Clarinet

(970) 491-5570