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.

Bassoon: Bassoon applicants should prepare the following:

  • Applicants should prepare any solo (such as a 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 harmonic minor scales and arpeggios up to 4flats, 4 sharps. Two octaves.

Oboe: Oboe applicants should prepare the following:

  • Two contrasting etudes selected from the Barret Oboe Method or Ferling 48 Famous Studies.
  • One contrasting work for oboe chosen from the standard solo literature. If the selection is taken from a multi-movement sonata or concerto, applicants need only prepare one movement of the piece.
  • All major scales, minimum 2 octaves, slurred.

Flute: Flute applicants should prepare the following:

  • Two contrasting works for the flute chosen from the standard or contemporary solo literature. If the selection is taken from a multi-movement sonata or concerto, applicants need only prepare one movement of the piece.
  • Scales: All major and harmonic minor keys. Two octaves.

Clarinet: Clarinet applicants should prepare the following:

  • One etude selected from Rose 32 Etudes for Clarinet.
  • One contrasting work for clarinet chosen from the standard solo literature. If the selection is taken from a multi-movement sonata or concerto, applicants need only prepare one movement of the piece. Works written for A clarinet, should be performed on A clarinet.
  • All major scales, minimum 2 octaves.
  • Clarinet players who want to audition on bass clarinet must also audition on B-flat clarinet.

Saxophone: Saxophone applicants should prepare the following:

  • C, G, B-flat, D, A-flat, B, and G-flat major scales. These are to be performed full-range: once all-slurred and again in a slur-two/tounge-two articulation pattern.
  • Two contrasting movements/pieces from the standard saxophone literature. Suggested repertoire includes sonatas by Creston and Heiden, Tableaux de Provence by Maurice, Romance by William Grant Still, and the concerto by Glazunov. Transcriptions, such as those by Eccles, Saint-Saëns, and Schumann, are also acceptable. Be sure to show both technical and lyrical playing.

Master of Music (M.M.)

Admissions

Please see the Graduate Admissions page for detailed information on application requirements and the audition process.

Degree Requirements

  • See M.M. Woodwinds degree worksheet for details. This is the document your advisor will use to keep track of your degree progress.
  • For detailed information on exams, recitals, etc., please visit the Graduate Student Resources page. Be sure to check out the School of Music Graduate Student Handbook.

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

Admissions

Please see the Graduate Admissions page for detailed information on application requirements and the audition process.

Degree Requirements

  • See D.M.A. Woodwinds degree worksheet for details. This is the document your advisor will use to keep track of your degree progress.
  • For detailed information on exams, recitals, etc., please visit the Graduate Student Resources page. Be sure to check out the School of Music Graduate Student Handbook.
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.)

Admissions

Please see the Graduate Admissions page for detailed information on application requirements and the audition process.

Degree Requirements

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.