Boston Conservatory at Berklee's woodwind performance program is focused on developing multifaceted artists, fluent in a wide range of repertoire and musical styles. Under the guidance of the conservatory's esteemed faculty, students not only gain technical and artistic mastery of their instrument, but are also encouraged to explore other instruments in the woodwind family to expand their skill sets.
The conservatory’s approach to ensemble participation is unparalleled. In order to replicate the pacing and structure of a professional music company, every two weeks throughout the semester students rehearse and perform with a new conservatory group, including symphonic orchestras, chamber ensembles, contemporary ensembles, and pit orchestras for dance, opera, and theater productions. The program also offers many solo and group performance opportunities both at the conservatory and Berklee College of Music, which boasts many stylistically diverse academic-based and student-run ensembles.
Many conservatory faculty members are active performing and recording artists who provide students with valuable career guidance and insight. Faculty members help students understand themselves as entrepreneurs and assist in defining their career goals and assembling their professional network, resumés, and audition repertoire.
Students may choose to focus on one instrument with one private instructor throughout the program, or they may choose the auxiliary opportunity, which allows students to explore three woodwind instruments with three different instructors.
What It Takes to Succeed
Students in the woodwind performance program are able musicians who aspire to master multiple musical styles and genres. They want the specialized training needed to lead careers as a working musicians, and desire opportunities that will expand their perspectives and sharpen their musical instincts. Mindful of today’s changing music scene, they are eager to explore artistic possibilities through an entrepreneurial lens.
The first two years of the undergraduate woodwind performance program are designed to help students build a fundamental understanding of music theory, history, woodwind repertoire, and their own musical and technical abilities. Students also work to strengthen their performance skills by participating in symphonic orchestras, pit orchestras for dance, opera, and theater productions, and various chamber ensembles, where they become familiar with standard and emerging repertoire for woodwind instruments. They also gain practical conducting experience in a class setting, where they develop their leadership and communication styles.
In their final two years of the program, students continue their exploration of music history and continue to build their woodwind repertoire. At this time, students can also customize their coursework around a special area of interest, or take elective courses at the conservatory or Berklee College of Music, such as career skills, Alexander Technique, nonverbal communication, and film studies. For their final recitals, students are responsible for coordinating with their fellow student instrumentalists and vocalists to produce a well-rounded program of music and are encouraged to experiment with new performance skills and techniques.
Alumni of Boston Conservatory’s woodwind performance program have won prestigious competitions and are creating dynamic careers in solo, ensemble, and orchestral performance. They also hold prestigious positions as arts administrators and instructors around the country.
- Albany Symphony Orchestra
- Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
- Boston Modern Orchestra Project
- Boston Opera Collaborative
- Boston Philharmonic
- Boston Scoring Orchestra
- Guerilla Opera
- Luxembourg Chamber Orchestra
- Rhode Island Philharmonic
- United States Army Band
- Video Game Orchestra
- Boston University
- BU Tanglewood Institute
- New England Conservatory
- Providence College
- Alexander & Buono International Flute Competition
- Harold Wright Award—Boston Woodwind Society
- James Pappoutsakis Flute Competition
- Lucerne Festival Contemporary Music Fellowship
- National Flute Association's Piccolo Artist Competition
- New York Flute Club Young Artist Competition
- Tanglewood Music Center Fellowship
- Yamaha Young Performing Artist Award