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: CSU Faculty Recital

March 21, 2024 at 7:30 PM
The Final Three: Saint-Saens' Last Sonatas In the final year of his life, Camille Saint-Saens returned from writing orchestral masterworks to the land of chamber music. He has been cited as wishing to contribute to the repertoire of some of the most neglected solo instruments: the woodwinds, and particularly the double reeds. Each of the [...]

Virtuoso Series Concert: Ysmael Reyes, Flute

March 25, 2024 at 7:30 PM
Boundless, The Way of the Modern Flute With Juhyun Lee, Piano New faculty artist, Dr. Ysmael Reyes, with Dr. Juhyun Lee, piano, presents a program of works by Claude Debussy, André Jolivet, Toshi Ichiyanagi, and Richard Strauss that display the highly expressive, lyrical, and technical qualities characterizing the modern flute. The instrument had been falling [...]

Flute Studio Recital / FREE

April 2, 2024 at 7:30 PM
The students of Dr. Ysmael Reyes and Dr. Michelle Stanley present a program of solo, and chamber works for flute in assorted styles and genres.

Woodwinds News

Bellamy album cover

Dr. Cayla Bellamy releases new album of contemporary works for bassoon


Dr. Cayla Bellamy, CSU’s bassoon professor, has recently released an album titled “American Bassoon Voices, Contemporary Works for Solo Bassoon,” published by Mark Records and available on Apple Music and Spotify. Performing collaborators include CSU faculty pianist, Jooyeon Chang and the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony from Iowa conducted by Jason Weinberger. Compositions include “There and Back, […]

conference promotional graphic

Dr. Cayla Bellamy to perform at international conference


Dr. Cayla Bellamy, CSU’s bassoon professor, has been invited to give a concerto performance and a chamber recital at the 53rd annual International Double Reed Society conference. For 2024, the event is being held at Northern Arizona University on July 21-25. According to the organization’s website, world-class artists and teachers from around the globe will […]

Colorado Bandmasters Association logo

Percussion Professor Shilo Stroman works with marching bands across the state


Shilo Stroman, senior instructor of music for percussion and marching band drumline, shared his marching expertise with many Colorado high school marching bands throughout the competitive season. “Now that the marching band season in Colorado is officially over, I’d like to thank the ensembles who trusted me to create music for them,” said Stroman after […]