Woodwinds

The following degrees are offered in Woodwinds:

Bachelor of Arts/Music/Science (B.A./B.M./B.S.)

Click here for Undergraduate degree options (Bachelor of Arts/Music/Science)

Admission Requirements

Please see information on the School of Music Application Process.

Perform an audition, up to 10 minutes, on your major instrument for the area faculty.

Your audition should include any solo (such as Class A music contest selection), or one movement from a standard sonata or concerto for the instrument. Audition should demonstrate tone, technical ability, and familiarity with major and minor scales. It is not necessary to have an accompanist. Memorization is encouraged, but not required.

(Clarinet players who want to audition on bass clarinet must also audition on B-flat clarinet.)

Master of Music (M.M.)

Degree Overview [See Worksheet for specifics]

  • Master’s Level-Major Instrument (664-507/509/511/513/515), 8 cr.
  • Master’s Recital (664-990), 4 cr.
  • Advanced Ensemble-Woodwind (660-565), 2 cr.
  • Orchestra, Ensemble or Band (660-570, 571, 574, 576), 2 cr.
  • Musicology and Music Theory, 9 cr.
  • Electives (300 level and above)
Admission Requirements

Please see information on the School of Music Application Process. In addition:

MM candidates are required to submit up to five preliminary recordings in MP3 format for evaluation. Preliminary recordings must be received by December 1 but applicants are urged to apply as early as possible. Recordings should be:

1. Approximately 30 minutes total
2. Representative of playing in several styles
3. Be recorded within the last year
4. Include 3 standard orchestral excerpts (flute, oboe, clarinet, and bassoon applicants only).

Applicants may be invited to campus for a live audition and interview based on the preliminary recording and application materials. Before extending the invitation to audition, all application materials must be complete.

Auditions

For the live audition, MM candidates should prepare to play a short recital consisting of works representing the major historical periods. The program should consist of 40 minutes of music, from which the audition committee will excerpt 20 minutes.

Students should present a well-balanced program consisting of music suitable for a senior undergraduate performance recital. Accompanist preferred, but not required. Applicants must include at least one contemporary piece which has been composed in the last 30 years. Candidates must audition in person and bring:

* Five copies of the recital program (not five copies of the scores)
* A comprehensive repertoire list
* A resume

Flutes, oboes, clarinets, and bassoons: Three orchestral excerpts of varying styles are required. Saxophones: Orchestral excerpts not required. Demonstration of interpretative jazz and improvisational skills, while not a requirement, is certainly welcome.

The audition committee will also conduct a short interview of each candidate. Please contact the major professor for more information.

Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.)

Degree Overview [See Worksheet for specifics]

  • Doctoral Level- Instrument (664-707/709/711/713/715), 16 cr.
  • Recitals (664-999), 1 cr. each, 5 cr. total
  • Music Research Methods and Materials (660-619), 3 cr.
  • Minor, 10-12 cr.
  • Musicology and Music Theory, 9 cr.
  • Language: one language at intermediate level (credits and method of completion varies– French or German preferred)
Admission Requirements

Please see information on the School of Music Application Process. In addition:

DMA candidates are required to submit up to five preliminary recordings in MP3 format for evaluation. Preliminary recordings must be received by December 1 but applicants are urged to apply as early as possible. Recordings should be:

1. Approximately 30 minutes total
2. Representative of playing in several styles
3. Be recorded within the last year
4. Include 3 standard orchestral excerpts (flute, oboe, clarinet, and bassoon applicants only).

Applicants may be invited to campus for a live audition and interview based on the preliminary recording and application materials. Before extending the invitation to audition, all application materials must be complete.

Auditions

DMA candidates should prepare 40 minutes of music, from which the committee will hear approximately 25 minutes. The audition will conclude with a short interview, for a total of 30 minutes.

An accompanist is required. Applicants are responsible for arranging their own accompanists and rehearsals. A list of qualified pianists and contact numbers will be provided by the professor upon request. Students should be prepared to perform a well-balanced program of works representing the major style periods for their instrument. Applicants must include at least one contemporary piece which has been composed within the last 30 years. Candidates must audition in person and bring:

* Five copies of the recital program (not five copies of the scores)
* A comprehensive repertoire list
* A resume
* An example of scholarly writing (such as a paper from a graduate seminar in music history or theory)

Flutes, oboes, clarinets, and bassoons: Three orchestral excerpts of varying styles are requested.

Saxophones: Orchestral excerpts not required. Demonstration of interpretative jazz and improvisational skills, while not a requirement, is certainly welcome.

Please contact the major professor for more information.

Doctoral Minor – Required for all Doctoral programs

The purpose of the doctoral minor is to add breadth and depth to the D.M.A or Ph.D degree. To insure coherence a minor program must be approved by the appropriate department, a student’s advisor, and the Director of Graduate Studies, and must include courses at the 300-level or above. Typically, a minor requires 12 credits of work.

Students have a variety of options, including completing an internal minor within the School of Music (e.g., a D.M.A. conducting student who minors in ethnomusicology or a Ph.D. in music theory who minors in clarinet performance), completing a minor in a department outside the School of Music (e.g., a D.M.A. in horn performance who minors in Women’s Studies or a Ph.D. in ethnomusicology who minors in East Asian studies).

Students may, in consultation with the Director of Graduate Studies, devise a distributed minor that brings together courses from a variety of departments around a particular topic or area of interest. For example, a D.M.A. student in voice devises a minor in vocal health that includes courses in communicative disorders, or a Ph.D. student in musicology devises a minor in Medieval History that includes courses in art history, history, and languages.

The following degree is offered in Multiple Woodwinds:

Master of Music (M.M.)

Degree Overview [See Worksheet for specifics]

  • Masters Level Major Instrument (664-507, 509, 511, 513, or 515):  8 credits total
  • Masters Recital (664-990): 4 credits
  • Secondary instrument (664-407/409/411/413/415):  4 credits total (one semester of 4 credits, or 2 semesters of 2 credits)
  • Tertiary Instruments (664-307/309/311/313/315): 6 credits total (2 credits of each)
  • Organizations (Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, or Band) (660-570 University Symphony, 571 Chamber Orchestra, 574  Wind Ensemble, 576 Concert Band): 2 credits total
  • Musicology/Music Theory:  9 credits total
Admission Requirements

Please see information on the School of Music Application Process. In addition:

MM candidates are required to submit up to five preliminary recordings in MP3 format for evaluation. Preliminary recordings must be received by December 1 but applicants are urged to apply as early as possible. Recordings should be:

1. Approximately 30 minutes total
2. Representative of playing in several styles
3. Be recorded within the last year
4. Include 3 standard orchestral excerpts (flute, oboe, clarinet, and bassoon applicants only).

Applicants may be invited to campus for a live audition and interview based on the preliminary recording and application materials. Before extending the invitation to audition, all application materials must be complete.

Auditions

1. Primary Instrument: For the live audition, MM candidates should prepare to play a short recital consisting of works representing the major historical periods. The program should consist of 40 minutes of music, from which the audition committee will excerpt 20 minutes.

Students should present a well-balanced program consisting of music suitable for a senior undergraduate performance recital. Accompanist preferred, but not required. Applicants must include at least one contemporary piece which has been composed in the last 30 years. Candidates must audition in person and bring:

* Five copies of the recital program (not five copies of the scores)
* A comprehensive repertoire list
* A resume

Flutes, oboes, clarinets, and bassoons: Three orchestral excerpts of varying styles are required. Saxophones: Orchestral excerpts not required. Demonstration of interpretative jazz and improvisational skills, while not a requirement, is certainly welcome.

The audition committee will also conduct a short interview of each candidate. Please contact the major professor for more information.

2. Secondary Instrument: Any instrument in the woodwind family.

  • Demonstrate scale mastery in keys up to 4 sharps and 4 flats
  • Short solo of your choice

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

The Woodwind Area at UW-Madison School of Music is comprised of five professors, all vitally connected with the national and international musical world. Our musical interests are broad and far-reaching, and include cutting-edge composition and extended techniques as well as the standard solo repertoire on which all of our playing is based. All of our faculty members have advanced degrees from high-ranking music schools in the United States and Europe, and are extremely active in the field of research, teaching, and performing. One of the most delightful aspects of the Woodwind Area is the commitment of the professors to their students’ success and our willingness to help each other’s students. Many of the woodwind professors teach small ensembles each semester, and often coach each others’ students on special projects. It’s a highly collegial atmosphere with a lot of give-and-take between the studios. The Woodwind Area frequently invites guest artists to inspire and teach our students, and represents a breadth of knowledge and a keen interest in the development of the individual student.