The woodwind program accepts a select number of students, providing an intimate environment in which every student is recognized and encouraged.

With four world-renowned faculty members, each devoted to their small, individual, and selective studios, the woodwind program presents a balanced curriculum designed to prepare students for careers and lives in music. Opportunities include:

  • orchestral studies and performance
  • opera studies and performance
  • solo training
  • wind repertoire class
  • intensive chamber music
  • contemporary music  
  • early music
  • composition
  • collaborative opportunities between departments
  • master classes with visiting artists
  • performances with visiting resident ensembles
  • faculty-student collaborations

The small student body in the conservatory gives every individual a wealth of opportunities to perform, explore, and grow. Our students have easy access to practice rooms, Steinway pianos, a vast collection of standard woodwinds, and superb performance spaces (find out more under Facilities).

At the college’s Performing Arts Center, located adjacent to the Music Building, an abundance of international artists perform each year, and our students have access to all of these performances. Through the generosity of the Performing Arts Center and in collaboration with the conservatory, many noted artists give master classes and open rehearsals specifically for our students.

Bachelor of Music Requirements:

In addition to meeting General Education requirements, undergraduate music performance majors who concentrate in woodwinds must complete the following conservatory requirements (104 credits). Of the 104 credits, up to 8 credits of music history may be counted toward the liberal arts requirement (30 credits minimum) for the degree.

Freshman Year: 26 credits

Sophomore Year: 31 credits

Junior Year: 28 credits

Senior Year: 19 credits

*Music History Electives (Effective Fall 2020)

MUS 1060/Reflections Western Music
MTH 1560/Introduction to World Music
MTH 2130/Music and Politics, 1800-1950
MTH 3170/Techniques of Composition for Performers
MTH 3400/History of Jazz I
MTH 3450/History of Jazz II
MTH 3520/Disruption and Art Music
MTH 3575/Music from Antiquity
MTH 3576/Music of the Common Practice Era
MTH 3577/Expansion of Chromaticism
MTH 3578/Music Since 1945
MTH 3600/The Music of J. S. Bach
MTH 3620/Music of Beethoven
MTH 3630/Berlioz, Wagner, and Liszt
MTH 3670/Mahler and Strauss
MTH 3680/Shostakovich and The Soviet Era
MTH 4075/Post-Tonal Theory & Analysis
MTH 4120/History of Recorded Music I
MTH 4130/History of Recorded Music II
MTH 4235/Opera Queens: LGBTQ Representation in Opera Onstage and Off
MTH 4340/World Traditions in Music
MUS 4520/Trends in Music in Society

Master of Music requirements:

Graduate music majors who concentrate in woodwinds must meet the following conservatory requirements (42 credits) and earn a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA at Purchase College.

First Year: 22 credits

Second Year: 20 credits

Music Artist Diploma Requirements:

This diploma is for graduate students in music who have completed the master’s degree requirements for their areas of study.

To earn the Artist Diploma in woodwinds, students must meet the following conservatory requirements (18 credits for the one-year program; 36 credits for the two-year program):

First Year: 18 credits

Second Year: 18 credits

Music Performers Certificate Requirements:

This is a postbaccalaureate program for students who have completed the undergraduate requirements for their areas of study and are entering into careers as performers in solo, ensemble, or studio settings.

To earn the Performers Certificate in woodwinds, students must meet the following conservatory requirements (18 credits for the one-year program; 36 credits for the two-year program):

First Year: 18 credits

Second Year: 18 credits


  • Lecturer, Oboe
    • BM, The Hartt School at The University of Hartford
    • Performer’s Certificate, Purchase College, SUNY
    • MM, Yale University
  • Assistant Professor of Music, Clarinet
    • BM, Toho School of Music (Tokyo)
    • additional studies, Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester
  • Lecturer, Bassoon
    • BM, Curtis Institute of Music
    • MM, Artist Diploma, Yale University
  • Associate Professor of Music, Flute
    • BA, MM, DMA, Stony Brook University, SUNY