Woodwinds Area

Woodwinds Area Overview

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.

Study With

Peter Sommer

Associate Professor of Music; Jazz Studies, Saxophone, Chamber Music; Coordinator of Jazz Studies; Coordinator of Woodwinds


(970) 491-3010

Michelle Stanley

Associate Professor of Music; Flute; Director of LEAP Institute for the Arts


(970) 491-2509

Wesley Ferreira

Associate Professor of Music; Clarinet


(970) 491-5570

University Symphony Orchestra: 10th Anniversary Concert

September 20, 2018 at 7:30 PM
With Guests John McGuire, Bernard Scully, Ayo Derbyshire, and Christine Pelletier, Horn The University Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Wes Kenney, performs Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s passionate Symphony No. 6. CSU faculty artist John McGuire, is joined by Bernhard Scully, horn professor at the University of Illinois and former horn player for the Canadian Brass, CSU music [...]

Wind Symphony Concert — Foundations: A Celebration of Liberal Arts

October 3, 2018 at 7:30 PM
The 2018-2019 Wind Symphony season explores civilization and how humans develop a creative, moral, spiritual, and intellectual understanding of the world. Colorado State University is committed to the humanities, and the ensemble begins the season by highlighting famous works that showcase form and structure, a key to both musical compositions and architecture. We hope you will join us for a celebration of the Liberal Arts at the UCA!

Symphonic Band Concert: Symphonic Treasures

October 9, 2018 at 7:30 PM
Symphonic Treasures explores the expressive power of the wind band through pieces by some of the genres most prolific composers. The ensemble, conducted by T. André Feagin, presents the works of Henry Fillmore, Ronald Lo Presti, Malcolm Arnold, Gustav Holst, David Maslanka, and Alfred Reed. Please join us as we present these wind band gems!

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Special guests include Bernard Scully, former horn player for The Canadian Brass The School of Music, Theatre and Dance at Colorado State University presents the fall University Symphony Orchestra Concert, conducted by Maestro Wes Kenney. The performance is taking place on Thursday, Sept. 20 and Friday, Sept. 21 at 7:30 p.m. at the University Center […]

Abstract art painted by Tatawa (Wei Tan)

Connection through improvisation


Cover photo artwork, titled “Ball Game with Dog”, by abstract artist Tatawa (Wei Tan) // www.tatawaart.com // Instagram: @_tatawa This story is being presented as part of PechaKucha Vol. 4 at The Music District, May, 2018. Pecha Kuca nights are an informal gathering of creatives and opportunity to share ideas. By Lara Mitofsky Neuss My name is Lara […]

International Horn Symposium program

A Run-Out to Brazil

Well, this trip unexpectedly turned into quite the adventure! Clarinet Professor Wesley Ferreira and I left Colorado on Sunday, June 25, to head to Natal, Brazil for the 2017 International Horn Symposium, held at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN). This is the largest single French horn event in the entire world […]