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.


CANCELLED: Virtuoso Series Concert: Megan Lanz, Flute

February 13, 2023 at 7:30 PM
THIS CONCERT HAS BEEN AND CANCELLED Wings ‘n Things With Jooyeon Chang, Piano The flute has always seemed the obvious choice to represent birds and other flighty creatures in music. After years of bemoaning this characterization, it's time to embrace our ability to represent winged creatures! CSU faculty artists Megan Lanz, flute, and Jooyeon Chang, [...]

Sinfonia Concerto Competition Concert: An Eventful Ending

February 16, 2023 at 7:30 PM
An Eventful Ending The concerto competition concert is always a special performance in our calendar. This year it is hosted by the CSU Sinfonia. The evening concludes with Joseph Haydn’s Symphony No. 45, Farewell Symphony , a message to his employer that it was time to take a vacation! Concerto Performances Merritt Jones, Flute: Carl [...]

Wind Symphony Concert: Aurora Awakes

February 24, 2023 at 7:30 PM
Aurora Awakes This riveting concert, presented by the CSU Wind Symphony, features the music of Pulitzer Prize composition winner Joseph Schwanter and Ostwald composition winner John Mackey. Under the direction of Dr. Rebecca Phillips, the ensemble welcomes to the podium guest conductors Dr. Jayme Taylor, associate director of bands, Nicholas Hinman, graduate student conductor, and [...]

Woodwind News

2010 BassoonaRAMa performance pictured

Music: BassoonaRAMa 2010 a big success


On Friday, November 19, 2010 over 50 bassoon players and enthusiasts came together from across the state for the biennial Bassoon-a-RAMa at Colorado State University. The guest for 2010 was Kathleen McLean, associate professor of bassoon at Indiana University and former associate principal bassoon with the Toronto Symphony. The day included a lecture and masterclass […]

Air Force Academy Band Falconaires Promotional Photo

Music: Jazz Professor Wil Swindler Tours With Air Force Academy Band Falconaires


03.10.10 – Wil Swindler, Colorado State University special assistant professor of jazz studies, received a special invitation to tour with the Air Force Academy Band Falconaires, one of two premier jazz ensembles in the Air Force Swindler, who played tenor saxophone, performed three concerts in Denver with the Faclonaires on February 3 – 5, as […]

Music: Gary Moody to Present at the International Double Reed Society 2010 Conference


01.24.10 – Colorado State University associate professor of oboe and bassoon, Gary Moody, had two proposals accepted for presentation at the International Double Reed Society 2010  Conference in Norman, Oklahoma on June 22-26. At the annual convention Dr. Moody will present research on double reed tuning titled Improving Intonation: Understanding what it Means to be […]