Boston Conservatory at Berklee’s master’s program in woodwind performance prepares students for vibrant careers in music through specialized performance and audition training, a broad range of opportunities to perform publicly and refine musicianship, and focused studies in career building and entrepreneurship.
Performance opportunities are plentiful at the Conservatory. In addition to solo and studio recitals, woodwinds graduate students participate and act as leaders in a number of Boston Conservatory ensemble groups, such as Boston Conservatory Wind Ensemble. In order to replicate the pacing and structure of a professional music company, students rehearse and perform with a new ensemble every two weeks, including symphonic orchestras, chamber ensembles, contemporary ensembles, and pit orchestras for dance, opera, and theater productions.
Throughout the program, students work closely with esteemed faculty members in private lessons to hone their artistic voice and build their technical skills. In order to achieve professional readiness by the end of the program, students will expand their audition and performance repertoire, compile professional materials, and begin to articulate their career goals.
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
Individuals who thrive in the woodwind performance graduate program are driven by their desire to pursue a career in the arts. They are committed to becoming masters of their instruments and experienced players in a vast range of styles, from standard repertoire, to early music, to classical contemporary.
In their first year, students expand upon their artistic skills and ensemble performance techniques, while continuing to build their knowledge of woodwinds, orchestral repertoire, and music history. They participate in a variety of ensembles, take woodwinds pedagogy courses, attend weekly Woodwinds Performance Seminars, and receive weekly lessons with their private teacher, in which they refine their technique and plan for their degree recital. Meanwhile, students are encouraged to take advantage of on- and off-campus opportunities to build their own performance resumés and collaborative networks.
In the second year of the program, students continue to perform with ensembles and prepare a degree recital with their private studio teacher, adding on elective courses to enhance their musical studies, such as Alexander Technique, Career Skills for Musicians, and Conducting, to name a few. For their degree recital, students are responsible for coordinating with their fellow student instrumentalists and vocalists to produce a program of music that showcases their unique skills and abilities.
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