Woodwinds Area

The woodwind area at Colorado State University provides talented flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, and saxophone students world-class training in the areas of performance and pedagogy. The woodwind experience at CSU enhances our studentss 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.

All music majors take a wide variety of courses, including intensive private lessons, music theory, music history, solo and ensemble performance, and conducting. In addition, the programs require courses in other subject areas consistent with a Liberal Arts philosophy, which greatly enhance the students’ adaptability for the future. Our students are very good at their chosen concentration, they are well rounded individuals, and they know how to learn.

Woodwind students at CSU can achieve excellence in the areas of solo, chamber, and ensemble performance through private instruction, weekly and degree recitals, and the opportunity to perform in the University Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia, Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band, Concert Band, Jazz Ensembles and Combos, and Marching Band. The nationally and internationally recognized woodwind faculty at CSU brings a range of talents to share with students, while preparing them to be professional musicians and teachers in the real world.


ClarinetFest® 2023

July 5, 2023 - July 9, 2023 at 12:00 AM
All musicians and clarinetists are invited to an opportunity of a lifetime. The International Clarinet Association’s 50th Anniversary Conference – ClarinetFest® 2023, is taking place in Westminster, Colorado from July 5-9, 2023. CSU Clarinet Professor Dr. Wesley Ferreira is the artistic director of this event, which will attract thousands of clarinetists of all levels, abilities, and ages from around the world.

Woodwind News


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 […]

Cayla Bellamy

Dr. Cayla Bellamy has article published on curriculum diversification


Cayla Bellamy, CSU bassoon professor, had an article published on New Music USA’s New Music Box on “Diversifying Curriculum: Representation, Risks, and Responsible Pedagogy.” The online article includes a video overview of Dr. Bellamy’s five steps for ethical inclusion and responsible pedagogy for visual/audio audiences. According to New Music USA’s YouTube post, the article disscusses how “increasing […]

CSU Marching Band color guard

CSU Marching Band History Project


A Message About the CSUMB History Project Expand Hello CSU Marching Band Alumni! My name is Kathryn Kennedy. I am a senior studying music education at Colorado State University. I also serve as a drum major for the marching band. As part of my honors thesis, I am reaching out to CSUMB alumni in hopes […]