The Woodwinds Area seeks to develop students' maximum musical and technical proficiency on their instruments, providing the foundation for their professional success in both performing and teaching. The comprehensive program works successfully with a variety of students, from the performance major focused on a professional orchestral career to the music education major planning to teach high school students.
In addition to weekly private lessons, students have varied small and large ensemble opportunities in the school's three orchestras, wind ensemble and symphonic band, flute choir, and other small woodwind ensembles. Students are encouraged to compete in festivals and competitions; in 2012 the school's Clarinet Quartet was selected to play at the International Clarinet Association’s annual conference and the Flute Choir was invited to perform at The National Flute Association convention.
Solo performance opportunities await interested students, including an annual concerto competition, with winners performing with the school's top orchestra, the Utah Philharmonia. A thriving DMA program creatures a rich multi-level learning environment for all students.
Our woodwind faculty are active professional performers, involved in Salt Lake City’s thriving music scene, including the Utah Symphony and Ballet West's Utah Chamber Orchestra.
Wind Ensemble Invite...
The Wind Ensemble under the direction of Scott Hagen has been invited to perform at the International Festival in Frutillar in Chile in January 2016.
DMA student Henry Caceres was featured in the U College of Fine Arts 2014 Studio Magazine.
U of U Clarinet Quartet invited to give a recital in Assi, Italy
The U of U Clarinet Quartet, which includes students Henry Caceres and Katty Marin and recent graduates Nick Morandi and Milagra McGee, was invited to give a recital at the International Clarinet Convention in Assi, Italy, in July 2013.