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A highly selective program allowing woodwind students extensive experience working with MSM ensembles.

Degrees Offered

  • Bachelor of Music (BM)
  • Master of Music (MM)
  • Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)

Other Studies

  • Professional Studies Certificate (PS)
  • Artist Diploma (AD)

Woodwind Majors

  • Flute
  • Clarinet
  • Oboe
  • Bassoon
  • Saxophone

Program Details

Woodwind majors are provided with a wide array of performance opportunities and courses taught by a faculty of dedicated teachers and performers. The programs of study for woodwind majors are designed to develop skilled performers who are familiar with the standard solo, ensemble, and orchestral literature for their instruments. Students will achieve a high degree of professional competence and learn appropriate stylistic approaches to the literature of various historical periods. In addition to studies with our expert faculty, students are provided additional opportunities to play for and observe world-renowned guest artists.

Audition & Prescreening Information

Procedures By Degree Level

Handbook for Current Students

Woodwind Department Handbook

Plan of Study & Course Descriptions

Plan of Study: Woodwinds
MSM Course Catalog

Woodwinds Department Chair

Linda Chesis

Meet Recent MSM Woodwind graduates

Watch and learn how nearly two dozen students in the MSM Woodwind program in 2020-2021 explored compelling ways of engaging with virtual audiences while at MSM.

Windscape: MSM’s Wind Quintet in Residence

We are fortunate to have the wind quintet Windscape in residence at Manhattan School of Music. The ensemble–whose members are flutist Tara O’Connor, oboist Randall Ellis, clarinetist Alan R. Kay, hornist David Jolley, and bassoonist Frank Morelli–gives a series of concerts and supervises a group of student chamber ensembles.

MSM Ensembles for Woodwinds

  • Symphony Orchestra
  • Philharmonia Orchestra
  • Chamber Sinfonia
  • Chamber Winds
  • Baroque Aria Ensemble

Success Stories

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  • Jan 7, 2022 Woodwinds
    MSM alumnus Chris James (BM ’13) is appointed to the position of piccolo with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra
  • Nov 23, 2021 Woodwinds
    MSM student Blue Shelton (BM ’25) named principal flute of the NY Youth Symphony
  • Nov 9, 2021 Woodwinds
    MSM alumnus Brandon Patrick George (MM ’10) featured on WQXR

“By the time I graduate in May of 2018, I know that MSM will have prepared me for the future of the music industry.”

Saxophone (BM '18)