University of Minnesota Duluth

Brass / Woodwinds Area


Welcome to the University of Minnesota Duluth Department of Music Brass Area. The Brass Area has broad teaching and performing programs in all the brass instruments, including the trumpet, horn, trombone, euphonium and tuba.

If you are looking for the high quality instruction in an atmosphere of outstanding teaching and music making led by nurturing, interested instructors, you have come to the right place. We are all very active performers who are fully dedicated to the musical growth and personal development of our students. The instructors in the Brass Area are dedicated teachers and musicians and we want you to know that all of us are here for you.

Feel free to contact any of the brass faculty here for more information about specific brass instruction at UMD. We wish you the very best as you choose your next step upon graduation and encourage you to contact us at your convenience.


Welcome to the UMD Woodwind Area! UMD offers wide variety of opportunities for woodwind players (flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon and saxophone). Whether you would like to major in music, take a secondary woodwind instrument or continue lessons and perform in an ensemble, UMD students can participate in the UMD Woodwind Area. Degree options include the Bachelor of Music Education, Bachelor of Music Performance, Bachelor of Music Jazz Studies, Bachelor of Music Theory/Composition, Bachelor of Arts, and even a Music Minor. In addition to undergraduate degrees, UMD also offers the Master of Music Performance and Master of Music Education. All music majors receive a weekly one-hour applied lesson with a member of our distinguished faculty and participate in studio master classes. Non-music majors can also register for lessons which are 30 minutes in length. We also provide special clinics and workshops with visiting guest artists throughout the academic year.

Woodwind students have many performance opportunities including the UMD Symphonic Wind Ensemble, UMD Symphony Orchestra, Jazz Ensembles and Combos, Concert Band, Marching and Pep Bands. Auditions for these ensembles occur during the first week of the semester and are open to all UMD students. The area also has Student Chamber music groups including flute choir, saxophone ensemble, woodwind quintet, and other faculty and student initiated combinations. These chamber groups perform in weekly departmental recital hours and at the woodwind chamber music ensemble concert which takes place at the end of each semester.

Feel free to contact any of the woodwind faculty here for more information about specific woodwind instruction at UMD.

Woodwind Auditions for Prospective Music Majors

1. Prepare the chromatic scale and all major scales using the full range of your instrument.
2. Two prepared pieces in contrasting style and tempo:
a. One movement from a major work such as a concerto, sonata, or contest piece.
b. One piece of your choice (can include etudes or solo pieces).

Ensembles Available at UMD for Brass and Woodwind Musicians

Symphonic Wind Ensemble
Concert Band
Marching Band
Pep Bands
Jazz Ensembles I and II
Jazz Combos
Symphony Orchestra
Wind / Brass Chamber Ensembles



For Information about music department programs and upcoming concerts, please call 218-726-8877