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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)

Michael Norsworthy, Chair


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.


  • 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






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.

On Campus

  • The Boston Conservatory Chamber Orchestra
  • The Boston Conservatory Orchestra
  • The Boston Conservatory Sinfonietta
  • The Boston Conservatory Wind Ensemble
  • Contemporary and new music ensembles
  • Individually-coached chamber music groups
  • Masterclasses with visiting artists
  • Orchestral repertoire class
  • Pit orchestras for opera, dance and theater productions
  • Solo recitals
  • Sonata and duo classes
  • Student and faculty composer collaborations

Off Campus

  • Community outreach programs servicing the Greater Boston area
  • Opportunities to collaborate and perform with local music ensembles, including orchestras, contemporary ensembles, film scoring and video game recording orchestras and theater pits
  • Paid gig opportunities arranged through out Student Services Office

Your Future

Graduates of our woodwind program enjoy prestigious competition titles and honors throughout the world.


  • 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

Faculty Appointments

  • Boston University (BU)
  • 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
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