Woodwind Studies

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The Woodwind Area at Valdosta State University would like to invite you to join our Department of Music and become a part of our exciting university program in music. The area of Woodwind Studies at VSU affords the college woodwind major many advantages and performance opportunities. These include the following:flute

1. Individualized private lessons with five experienced professional woodwind teachers and performers who emphasize all facets of woodwind performance while allowing students to develop skills in individual areas of interest, including orchestral studies, jazz, reed-making, chamber music repertoire, and performance practices and history of different periods. Additionally, all performance majors receive two one hour private lessons weekly while all instrumental majors receive an additional studio class on their respective instruments.

2. Opportunities to perform with many and varied ensembles including the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, the professional Valdosta Symphony Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble, jazz combos, the Blazin' Brigade Marching Band, choral organizations, musical theatre, opera, Flute Choir, Clarinet Choir, Double Reed Ensemble, Oboe Trio, and small chamber music groups including woodwind quintets. The Valdosta Symphony provides students with the unique opportunity of performing with a regional, professional orchestra in a regular concert series. Additionally, the VSO offers public master classes which are taught by the many performers who come as recital artists or concert soloists performing with the Symphony. In the past, just a few of these artists have included Glenn Dicterow, Charles Tregor, Bion Tsang and Janos Starker.

3. The camaraderie of many woodwind students who will support your professional development as a performer.

4. The opportunity to perform on less-common professional instruments including alto flute, english horn, alto and bass clarinets, and contra bassoon.

5. Plenty of regional performance opportunities including specialized activities for each instrument including Flutopia, Double Reed Day, Day of Clarinet, and various jazz festivals.

6. A nationally accredited Department of Music that offers students centered degree programs and an extensive schedule of workshops and guest clinicians throughout the year.

7. Availability of financial assistance and scholarships.

We invite you to phone us at (229) 333-5804 (Music Office), (229) 333-5815 (Dr. Eischeid - Woodwind Area Chair) to arrange a visit to campus. We can arrange a variety of visitation activities with members of the VSU woodwind faculty. An audition is required for admission to the Department of Music and for scholarship consideration.