Woodwind instruments are a family of musical instruments within the greater category of wind instruments. Common examples include flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, and saxophone. There are two main types of woodwind instruments: flutes and reed instruments (otherwise called reed pipes). The main distinction between these instruments and other wind instruments is the way in which they produce sound. All woodwinds produce sound by splitting the air blown into them on a sharp edge, such as a reed or a fipple. Despite the name, a woodwind may be made of any material, not just wood. Common examples include brass, silver, cane, as well as other metals such as gold and platinum. The saxophone, for example, though made of brass, is considered a woodwind because it requires a reed to produce sound. Occasionally, woodwinds are made of earthen materials, especially ocarinas.
Single-reed woodwinds produce sound by fixing a reed onto the opening of a mouthpiece (using a ligature). When air is forced between the reed and the mouthpiece, the reed causes the air column in the instrument to vibrate and produce its unique sound. Single reed instruments include the clarinet, saxophone, and others such as the chalumeau.[non-tertiary source needed]
The modern orchestra's woodwind section typically includes: flutes, oboes, clarinets, and bassoons. The piccolo, cor anglais, bass clarinet, E-flat clarinet, and contrabassoon are commonly used supplementary woodwind instruments. The section may also on occasion be expanded by the addition of saxophone(s).
The instruments in this family all used to be made of wood, which gives them their name. Today, they are made of wood, metal, plastic or some combination. They are all basically narrow cylinders or pipes, with holes, an opening at the bottom end and a mouthpiece at the top. You play them by blowing air through the mouthpiece (that's the "wind" in "woodwind") and opening or closing the holes with your fingers to change the pitch. Metal caps called keys cover the holes of most woodwind instruments.
The mouthpieces for some woodwinds, including the clarinet, oboe and bassoon, use a thin piece of wood called a reed, which vibrates when you blow across it. The clarinet uses a single reed made of one piece of wood, while the oboe and bassoon use a double reed made of two pieces joined together. Just as with the stringed instruments, the smaller woodwinds play higher pitches while the longer and larger instruments play the lower notes. The woodwind family of instruments includes, from the highest sounding instruments to the lowest, the piccolo, flute, oboe, English horn, clarinet, E-flat clarinet, bass clarinet, bassoon and contrabassoon.
A shorter version of the flute is called the piccolo, which means small in Italian. At half the size of a standard flute, piccolos play the highest notes of all the woodwinds; in the orchestra one of the flute players will also play piccolo if that instrument is required. The high piping sound of the piccolo is also heard in traditional drum corps and marching band music.
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Participants will have the opportunity to learn the art of doubling, improvisation and beatboxing. They will be able to attend masterclasses and recitals, participate in a woodwind choir. If you are thinking about buying an instrument, we will have exhibits to play instruments, look for sheet music and accessories.
Our large, comprehensive College of Music, the third largest in the nation, fosters limitless experiences and connections as you create your path in music. Undergraduate and graduate degrees in woodwind performance offer students the highest level of applied instruction, large and small ensemble performance experience along with courses in literature, pedagogy and supportive core music courses in piano, theory and history. Our graduates serve on the faculties of numerous colleges and universities across the nation.
This all-day event is open to all woodwind players (saxophone, flute, oboe, clarinet, and bassoon) regardless of age. The event will feature workshops and performances led by Purdue Fort Wayne woodwind faculty artists Luke Fitzpatrick, Vivianne Belanger, Pavel Morunov, Kylie Stultz-Dessent, Alex McCrory, Paul Lorenz, and the Soma Quartet.
The award-winning Soma Quartet includes David Bayard (soprano saxophone), Paul Lorenz (alto saxophone), Sean Bradley (tenor saxophone), and Arthur Liang (baritone saxophone). The saxophone quartet will play a variety of pieces alongside the PFW woodwind faculty. The recital will be followed by an educational clinic for the student participants of the 2023 Woodwind Day.
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Welcome to the woodwind program in the ASU School of Music, Dance and Theatre. Here you can find information about our faculty, our students, our curricular offerings and more. We are dedicated to providing the richest possible experience to our students while preparing them for their professional goals.
We have a renowned woodwind faculty who perform throughout the world. We enjoy state of the art facilities such as ASU Gammage, Katzin Concert Hall and the Evelyn Smith Music Theatre. Performing ensembles range from the large orchestras and bands to small ensembles including Music Theatre and Opera. As a student, you have ensembles available to fit your needs and interests.
We are dedicated to providing you the richest possible experience while preparing you for your professional goals. The woodwind faculty is committed to ensuring that you have all of the information and guidance you need to make your educational experience at ASU a truly remarkable one. This site serves as a vital resource in accomplishing this goal. The links in the following sections lead you to information about the performance opportunities, jury exams and more. This site provides you answers to the many questions that every student has.
SUU Woodwind Day is a one-day educational outreach symposium welcoming participants of all skill levels to come, perform, and engage with SUU woodwind faculty and students. The day will consist of recitals, masterclasses, clinics on instrument repair and improvisation, as well as a festival woodwind ensemble composed of both event participants and SUU music students.
Performance opportunities are plentiful at the Conservatory. In addition to solo and studio recitals, woodwind graduate students participate and act as leaders in a number of Boston Conservatory ensemble groups, such as Boston Conservatory Wind Ensemble. In order to replicate the pacing and structure of a professional music company, students rehearse and perform with a new ensemble every two weeks, including symphonic orchestras, chamber ensembles, contemporary ensembles, and pit orchestras for dance, opera, and theater productions.
Individuals who thrive in the multiple woodwind performance graduate program are driven by their desire to pursue a career in the arts. They are committed to becoming masters of their instruments and experienced players in a vast range of styles, from standard repertoire, to early music, to classical contemporary.
In their first year, students expand upon their artistic skills and ensemble performance techniques, while continuing to build their knowledge of woodwinds, orchestral repertoire, and music history. They participate in a variety of ensembles, take woodwinds pedagogy courses, attend weekly Woodwinds Performance Seminars, and receive weekly lessons with their private teacher, in which they refine their technique and plan for their degree recital. Meanwhile, students are encouraged to take advantage of on- and off-campus opportunities to build their own performance resumés and collaborative networks.
The Master of Music in Multiple Woodwind Performance program seeks to take an established musician with a strong foundation of skills in a minimum of three unique woodwind instruments, identify areas of desired and required growth, and build upon them to enhance artistic potential and impact. Upon successful completion of the program, students will:
One of the most active and visible quintets in the Midwest, the Moran Woodwind Quintet is the resident faculty woodwind quintet of the Glenn Korff School of Music. Formed in 1986 and named for the late John Moran, Director of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln School of Music, the Quintet has toured extensively, including performances in Kansas, Iowa, Ohio, Missouri, Colorado, Oklahoma, Illinois, South Dakota, Arkansas and Texas. They have also performed at conventions of the College Music Society, the International Double Reed Society and the International Horn Society. The Quintet has recorded three CD's for Crystal Records, including two CDs featuring music of the early 20th-century German composer Theodor Blumer and one with American woodwind quintets (music of Heiden, Higdon, Murdock and Lieuwen). The Quintet has also recorded on the Coronet label.
The Conservatory of Music at University of the Pacific invites all woodwind instrumentalists to participate in Pacific Woodwind Day on Saturday, September 17, 2022 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. This event is open to college and high school students, as well as community members, and features headlining guests Splinter Reeds, the West Coast's first reed quintet comprised of five innovative musicians with a shared passion for new music. Pacific Woodwind Day includes performances, masterclasses, and workshops aimed at woodwind players. 041b061a72