Woodwinds Area

The woodwinds area at Colorado State University provides talented flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, and saxophone students with world-class training in the areas of performance and pedagogy. The woodwind experience at CSU enhances our student's passion for music by providing a solid foundation for a lifetime of creative activity. The objectives of the curriculum are to develop professional perceptions and skills in the art of music as it is needed by performers, teachers, therapists, and those interested in other possible careers where a high level of music-making is maintained. Expectation levels are consistent with those of university study in preparation for a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Music, and Master of Music. Areas of concentration within these degree programs include music education, music therapy, music performance, composition, and conducting.


Study With

Ysmael Reyes

  • Instructor of Music
  • Undergraduate Flute Professor


Cayla Bellamy

  • Assistant Professor of Music
  • Bassoon
  • Coordinator of Woodwinds


Peter Sommer

  • Professor of Music
  • Saxophone, Chamber Music, Jazz Studies
  • Director of the Department of Music


Michelle Stanley

  • Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies, Liberal Arts
  • Professor of Music
  • Graduate Flute Professor



Perform With Us

Virtuoso Series Concert: Pablo Hernandez, Oboe

October 24, 2023 at 7:30 PM
Lessons- From Nature to Sound Join Faculty Artist Pablo Hernandez on a journey that explores the oboe repertoire through sounds and the powerful and inspiring lessons to be learned from the work of Indian American composer Asha Srinivasan. The performance highlights works for Oboe and Electronics which include Henry Dutilleux’s oboe Sonata, and Benjamin Britten [...]

Flute Studio Recital / FREE

November 4, 2023 at 3:00 PM
Performances by students from the flute studio of Ysmael Reyes and Michelle Stanley.

Saxophone Studio Recital / FREE

November 12, 2023 at 3:00 PM
Students of Professor Peter Sommer and Dr. Dan Goble perform solo, and chamber works for saxophone. Join us for this concert featuring classic and contemporary music for saxophone!

Woodwinds News

Ysmael Reyes

Announcing Ysmael Reyes as CSU’s new flute professor


Join the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance in welcoming Dr. Ysmael Reyes, the new Instructor of Flute at Colorado State University. Dr. Reyes is no stranger to the Front Range, where he has performed in numerous organizations over the past 14 years, including the Cheyenne Symphony and the Colorado Bach Festival Orchestra. He has […]

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Announcing Dr. Rachel Waddell as the new director of orchestras at CSU


The School of Music, Theatre, and Dance is thrilled to introduce Dr. Rachel Waddell as the next conductor of the University Symphony Orchestra and director of orchestras at Colorado State University. Dr. Waddell comes to CSU from the University of Rochester where she has served as the director of orchestral activities. She is the co-founder […]


CSU Offers Continuing Education Credit at ClarinetFest 2023


International Clarinet Association presents the 50th Anniversary Conference – ClarinetFest® 2023 July 5-9, 2023 in Denver, Colorado 2023 Continuing Education Credit Details As a unique benefit to those attending the ClarinetFest 2023 Conference, Colorado State University will offer Continuing Education Unit Credit during the 2023 event. The credit can be used for re-licensure, and salary […]