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"The Boston Conservatory prepared me to be a 21st-century performer. The teachers were all hands-on, knew everyone by name and I received a lot of individual attention." —Diana Searle (B.M. '13, Clarinet)

Eric Hewitt and Michael Norsworthy, Co-Chairs

Programs

Woodwind Performance

(Bassoon, clarinet, flute, oboe)

Saxophone Performance

Multiple Woodwinds Performance

(Three or more instruments)

Your Training

Every aspect of your wind training at The Boston Conservatory focuses on you and your professional readiness, with the added benefit of low teacher-to-student ratios. Specific performance issues of wind instruments are addressed in weekly seminar classes, where students are given the opportunity to perform. Your non-traditional wind training includes classes in Alexander Technique, jazz improvisation and career skills.

Courses

  • Performance Seminar
  • Harmony and Counterpoint
  • Ear Training
  • Theory & Musicology Electives
  • Music History
  • Conducting
  • Piano Class
  • Applied Lessons and Solo Recitals
  • Instrumental Ensembles
  • Chamber Music
  • Pedagogy
  • Orchestral Repertoire
  • Music Electives
  • Liberal Arts Courses
  • Concert and Recital Attendance 

Your Teachers

You will work and study with professional artists. The wind faculty includes members of the Boston Symphony, Boston Pops, Boston Ballet and Boston Lyric Opera orchestras, as well as today’s most active solo and chamber musicians. Recent guest artists have included composer Gunther Schuller, flutist Eugenia Zuckerman and Elizabeth Rowe (Principal, Boston Symphony), oboist John Ferillo (Principal, Boston Symphony), clarinetists Tom Martin (Boston Symphony) and Jessica Phillips (Metropolitan Opera Orchestra), Bassoonist Stéphane Lévesque (Principal, Montreal Symphony) and saxophonists Claude Delangle and Jean-Michel Goury.

Woodwind Faculty

Bassoon

Saxophone

Now offering specializations in auxiliary instruments for graduate level study:

 

Your Department

Average number of undergraduate wind students: 27

Average number of graduate wind students: 13

Your Performance Opportunities

The variety of performance opportunities here gives you professional experience. During your stay at The Boston Conservatory, you perform with ensembles such as The Boston Conservatory Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, chamber groups, and the Orchestra Repertoire class. In addition to your solo recitals, you will have the opportunity to play in the pit orchestra for opera, dance, and musical theater productions.

Your Future

Our students have been awarded fellowships to study at major music festivals such as The Tanglewood Music Center and Aspen Music Festival, and are performing and teaching successfully throughout the world.

 

 

 

 

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