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. Your experience as a woodwind student at CSU will enhance your passion for music by giving you 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 wishing to have a high level of music making as a major part of their lives. Expectation levels are consistent with those of university study in preparation for Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Music, and Master of Music degrees. 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 their students and prepare them to be professional musicians and teachers in the real world.

Study With

Peter Sommer

Coordinator of Jazz Studies
Coordinator of Woodwinds
Associate Professor of Saxophone
Director of Jazz Bands

Peter.Sommer@colostate.edu

(970) 491-3010

Gary Moody

Professor of Bassoon and Music Theory

Gary.Moody@colostate.edu

(970) 214-2249

Woodwinds Events

Clarinet Studio Recital / FREE

November 13, 2017 at 7:00 PM
The dynamic studio of Dr. Wesley Ferreira performs solo and chamber works from the clarinet repertoire. “This is a great opportunity for our students to showcase their talents and to gain performance experience. Likewise, this is a wonderful opportunity for our audience hear a variety of music that showcases the clarinet’s versatility,” says Ferreira

Woodwinds News

Woodwinds Blog

March 2017 Faculty Notes

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Wes Kenney, director of orchestras at CSU, had a rewarding start to 2017! It was announced by the Fort Collins Symphony Association’s board president Rhett B. Strom that Maestro Kenney signed a five-year contract extension as music director of the 67-year-old organization. Now in his fourteenth year with the symphony, the award-winning conductor will continue […]

CSU Symphonic Band performs dramatic ‘Made in Europe’

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March 2, 2017 By Emma Turner – reprinted with permission from the Collegian. Patrons of music gathered in the University Center for the Arts’ Griffin Concert Hall Tuesday night to hear the Colorado State University Symphonic Band. The performance was titled “Made in Europe” and featured four pieces from various European romantic and 20th century […]

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 […]

Flute

Studio Overview

Flute Choir

The Colorado State University Flute Studio is made up of a group of diverse musicians who study in undergraduate degrees in Music Therapy, Music Education and Music Performance and Graduate degrees in Music Performance. Students come from many Colorado high schools and from states far beyond the beautiful Rocky Mountains. Current students hail from all over Colorado, New England, Texas and California. We are passionate about the flute and our flute studio.

The studio flutists enjoy a variety of performing experiences each semester including masterclasses with visiting artists, flute choir, orchestra, opera orchestra, bands, chamber ensembles and chamber orchestra. All of the flutists that major in music at CSU study with Dr. Stanley for their entire training in our department.

Personal attention, a family atmosphere, a world class facility and a gorgeous campus make CSU Flute Studio the place to study!

The CSU Flute Choir is made up of music majors and non-majors at CSU, and is directed by Sierra Hayden, graduate teaching assistant for the flute studio. The flute choir performed at the National Flute Convention in Las Vegas, NV in 2012. Their performance of Colorado composers Bill Douglas, Mando Surita and Cherise Leiter was one of the featured college choirs, selected by audition by the NFA.

The choir performs on several concerts during the academic year.

Instruments

  • Jupiter Bass Flute
  • Armstrong Alto Flute
  • Burkart Global piccolo (two)
  • Yamaha piccolo (wood)

Audition Requirements

Undergraduate

I. Auditions will consist of prepared repertoire, major scales with arpeggios, harmonic minor scales with arpeggios, and sight reading.

II. Prepare one (1) standard work for flute such as:

  • Bach: sonatas (any)
  • Mozart: concerto (G or D)
  • Any works from the book “Flute Music by French Composers” (ed. by L. Moyse)
  • Hindemith: sonata
  • Poulenc: sonata

III. Prepare one (1) work of your choice. May be one movement from a selected piece.

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October 5

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Alumni News

Rachelle Crowell (MM '15): is the 2015 winner of the Grand Junction Symphony concerto competition. She will perform the Gordeli flute concerto with the orchestra in January of 2016.

Sam Hood (BM '13): Sam will graduate in the Spring of 2015 from the University of Nebraska with his Master's degree and will head to Texas Tech to pursue his doctorate as the studio Graduate Teaching Assistant.

Sierra Hayden (MM '14): is currently teaching elementary music in Windsor, Colorado before preparing to pursue her Doctorate in 2016.

Amy Coup (BM '12): is currently pursuing her Master's degree at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music in Ohio.

Megan O'Connor (BM '14): is the director of instrumental music at Elizabeth High School in Elizabeth, Colo.

Alina Osika (BM '14): is enrolled in the LEAP masters program at CSU and is a graduate teaching assistant in that program.

Jamie Wheelock (MM ’10): Jamie was on the music faculty of Northeastern Junior College in Sterling, Colorado. She is currently a music teacher in the Sterling school district. Aside from teaching, her work in contemporary flute techniques and music drives her creative process.

Rebecca Quillen (BM ’09): Rebecca is a much sought after private flute teacher in Fort Collins and is the mom to two active young boys.

Dawn Grapes (MM ’08): Dawn completed her PhD in Musicology at CU-Boulder and is on the faculty at CSU where she teaches a variety of music history courses to undergraduates and graduate students.

 

Martha Bender (MM ’12): Martha is currently teaching music in the Poudre School District where she directs choirs and bands.

Brittany Worley (BM ’11): Brittany is a band director in the Passiac public schools in Passaic, New Jersey.

Mando Surita (MM ’12): Mando is currently in the Artists Diploma program at Columbus State University in Columbus, Georgia where he studies with Dr. Andrée Martin.

Brianne Little (MM ’12): Brianne is currently a DMA student at James Madison University in Virginia.

Guest Artists

2007-2008

2008-2009

2009-2010

2010-2011

2011-2012

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Peter Sheridan

Low flute specialist; website.

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Shelley Binder

University of Tennessee; website.

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Marianne Gedigian

Butler School of Music at the University of Texas at Austin; website.

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Stephanie Jutt

University of Wisconsin, Madison; website.

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Andrée Martin

Columbus State University
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Regina Helcher

Charleston Symphony Orchestra
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2012-2013

2013-2014

2014-2015

Brook Ferguson

Brook Ferguson

Colorado Symphony Orchestra
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James Hall

University of Nothern Colorado; jameshallflute.com

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James Brody

Alexander Technique, University of Colorado;
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Eva Amsler

Florida State University
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Marco Granados

Longy School of Music
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Katherine Kemler

Louisiana State University
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2015-2016

2016-2017

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Conor Nelson

Soloist; website

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Evelin Degen

E-MEX Ensemble; emex.de

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Naomi Seidman

JANO Duo; website

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Sir James Galway

with Lady Galway; website

Clarinet

Clarinet Studio

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

Facebook

October 13

Congrats to our awesome clarinet section on their wonderful Wind Symphony concert last night!!! What a fun crew 😀

Audition Requirements

Undergraduate

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

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

2011-2012

2012-2013

2013-2014

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Lisa Oberlander

Columbus State University; website

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Robert Spring

Arizona State University; website

Deborah Bish

Deborah Bish

Florida State University; website

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James Campbell

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Kimberly Cole Luevano

University of North Texas; website

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Leslie Moreau

Boise State University; website

2014-2015

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Jun Qian

Baylor University; website

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Jana Starling

Western University (Canada); website

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Anne Watson

Northeastern State University; website

Diane Barger

Diane Barger

University of Nebraska; website

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Timothy Bonenfant

Angelo State University; website

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Lauren Jacobson

University of Northern Colorado; arts.unco.edu

2015-2016

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Kelly Johnson

Arkansas Symphony/University of Central Arkansas; website

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Jeff Anderle

San Francisco Conservatory of Music; website

Julie DeRoche

Julie DeRoche

DePaul University; website

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Eric Mandat

Southern Illinois Wesleyan University; website

Jason Shafer

Jason Shafer

Colorado Symphony Orchestra; website

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John Bruce Yeh

Chicago Symphony Orchestra; website

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Abby Raymond

Colorado Symphony Orchestra; website

Oboe

Oboe Studio

Oboe students will become familiar with the standard repertoire, both solo and orchestral, and are additionally encouraged to explore new and/or unusual works. Chamber music performance is also encouraged. Study of the English horn and its literature is also an option.

Oboe graduates from CSU will leave as literate musicians, familiar with standard repertoire, orchestral excerpts, reed making, problem-solving skills that allow preparation of a continuingly-growing repertoire. Fundamentals of efficient and healthy finger technique and posture are also emphasized, as are basic musicianship skills such as rhythmic accuracy, phrasing, and applying music theory to performance.

The double reed program at CSU provides students with plentiful opportunities to interact with eminent guest artists. In alternating years, we host OboeRAMa and BassoonaRAMa. This year we will host OboeRAMa with Nancy Ambrose King, oboe professor at the University of Michigan and past president of the International Double Reed Society. In the past four years, our guests have been David Sogg, bassoonist in the Pittsburgh Symphony, Rebecca Henderson, oboe professor at the University of Texas, Austin, Barrick Stees, bassoonist in the Cleveland Orchestra, and Joseph Robinson, retired principal oboist of the New York Philharmonic. The oboe student is a thinker first, a musician second, and an oboe player third. I strive to make skills learned in my studio applicable to all other areas of activity, both musically and in the broader world. My philosophy is to make myself obsolete and give students the critical listening problem-solving, and attention-to-detail skills that will help them become their own lifelong teachers and work toward the next goals in their professional aspirations. Students become familiar with the standard repertoire, and are additionally encouraged to explore new and/or unusual works.

Oboe students have access to a well-equipped Reed Room, equipped with gouging and profiling machines, several shapers and all other tools necessary to create reeds starting with tube cane. Reed making is part of the lesson curriculum, and a separate weekly time is also set aside for available reed assistance. Lessons make use of analyzing recordings of student’s playing, with slow-motion playback that enables faster growth of critical listening skills. Other technology is taken advantage of, including slow-motion playalong with professional recordings, virtual accompaniments, and reed analysis under magnification. Regardless of major, CSU oboe students are encouraged to grow as thinking, self-evaluative musicians. Our instruments are merely our voice which is controlled by our musical understanding, attention to detail, critical and logical thinking, and a methodical approach to achieving a complex task. This understanding can be applied not only to oboe, but also to all other areas of musical concentration, and to endeavors beyond the musical realm. Without the joy of making music, it is difficult to stay interested and motivated. I never want my students to go without the wonderful experience of "I understand."

Guest Artists

2009-2010

2009-2010

2011-2012

2013-2014

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Eric Barr

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Joseph Robinson

Conservatory of Music, Lynn University; website

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Rebecca Henderson

Butler School of Music, University of Texas at Austin; website

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Nancy Ambrose King

Bassoon

Bassoon Studio

Bassoon students become familiar with the standard repertoire, both solo and orchestral, and are additionally encouraged to explore new and/or unusual works. Chamber music performance is also encouraged. Study of the contrabassoon and its literature is also an option.

Bassoon graduates from CSU will leave as literate musicians, familiar with standard repertoire, orchestral excerpts, reed making, problem-solving skills that allow preparation of a continuingly-growing repertoire. Fundamentals of efficient and healthy finger technique and posture are also emphasized, as are basic musicianship skills such as rhythmic accuracy, phrasing, and applying music theory to performance.

The double reed program at CSU provides students with plentiful opportunities to interact with eminent guest artists. In alternating years, we host OboeRAMa and BassoonaRAMa. This year we will host OboeRAMa with Nancy Ambrose King, oboe professor at the University of Michigan and past president of the International Double Reed Society. In the past four years, our guests have been David Sogg, bassoonist in the Pittsburgh Symphony, Rebecca Henderson, oboe professor at the University of Texas, Austin, Barrick Stees, bassoonist in the Cleveland Orchestra, and Joseph Robinson, retired principal oboist of the New York Philharmonic.

The bassoon student is a thinker first, a musician second, and a bassoon player third. I strive to make skills learned in my studio applicable to all other areas of activity, both musically and in the broader world. My philosophy is to make myself obsolete and give students the critical listening problem-solving, and attention-to-detail skills that will help them become their own lifelong teachers and work toward the next goals in their professional aspirations. Students become familiar with the standard repertoire, and are additionally encouraged to explore new and/or unusual works.

Bassoon students at CSU have access to a well-equipped Reed Room, equipped with gouging and profiling machines, several shapers and all other tools necessary to create reeds starting with tube cane. Reed making is part of the lesson curriculum, and a separate weekly time is also set aside for available reed assistance. Lessons make use of analyzing recordings of student’s playing, with slow-motion playback that enables faster growth of critical listening skills. Other technology is taken advantage of, including slow-motion playalong with professional recordings, virtual accompaniments, and reed analysis under magnification.

Regardless of major, CSU bassoon students are encouraged to grow as thinking, self-evaluative musicians. Our instruments are merely our voice which is controlled by our musical understanding, attention to detail, critical and logical thinking, and a methodical approach to achieving a complex task. This understanding can be applied not only to bassoon, but also to all other areas of musical concentration, and to endeavors beyond the musical realm. Without the joy of making music, it is difficult to stay interested and motivated. I never want my students to go without the wonderful experience of "I understand."

Guest Artists

2008-2009

2010-2011

2012-2013

2014-2015

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Barrick Stees

Cleveland Orchestra
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Kathleen McLean

Indiana University
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David Sogg

Pittsburgh Symphony
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Paul Hanson

Saxophone

Saxophone Studio

The primary goal of the CSU Saxophone Studio is to elevate the level of craft, creativity and expression of all the members of the studio through rigorous training in the areas of saxophone technique, musical interpretation, concert literature, jazz style and improvisation, and preparation for professional activities. Though the amount of material covered may vary, all students, regardless or major or minor, will be treated with the same level of attention and enthusiasm, and thus all students are expected to approach their private study with discipline and concentration. At the core of this discipline is the development of a consistent and logical practice routine to prepare for performances throughout the semester.

In order to fully prepare the members of the studio for life after graduation, many aspects of saxophone technique and the appropriate amount of concert literature will be taught to all students. Beyond this, each student’s areas of interest will be taken into account whenever possible, as long as goals are being met to ensure a quality education and timely graduation. All students are strongly encouraged to study jazz and improvisation.

In addition to our musical goals and objectives, the studio has three additional guiding principles: respect, camaraderie and professionalism. Whether in our private lessons, studio classes, recitals, ensembles or informal social interactions, it is important that we treat our fellow students and our instructors with the same level of respect and professionalism that we wish in return. Success in the professional world, whether teaching, performing or practicing, is measured not only on our ability to create music, but also on our ability to be prepared, be on time and meet deadlines, as well as our presentation to others, including how we treat our peers and superiors. Members of the saxophone studio are expected to always be prepared and fully present in all our ensembles and performances. In addition to all this, we should do whatever we can to help out others inside and outside the studio, and to elevate the level of the whole studio by offering encouragement and constructive advice to our fellow students whenever possible.

Guest Artists

2012-2013

2013-2014

2014-2015

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Woody Witt

Jazz Saxophonist
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Zach Shemon

University of Missouri-Kansas City
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Gary Smulyan

Vanguard Jazz Orchestra
website