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Summer Institute for Woodwind Studies

This workshop will be conducted remotely for Summer 2020.

Spend a week in our virtual classroom studying, collaborating, and performing with our esteemed woodwind faculty and students around the globe! This program will feature asynchronous and synchronous lectures, symposiums, and panel discussions to enhance students’ musical abilities and talents. Throughout the 5-day program, participants will participate in virtual masterclasses, private lessons, and ensemble projects. Masterclass topics to be explored include music technology, in-home recording and production, careers in the music industry, reed making, chamber music performance, and more!

Saxophonists participate in a specialized Saxophone Symposium that includes: saxophone literature, saxophone history, online masterclasses in altissimo, vibrato, overtones, and extended techniques, and an online exploration of Dr. Paul Cohen's collection of over 200 rare saxophones. Performing opportunities will include virtual saxophone orchestra projects: sopranino through contrabass saxophones, and the creation of a collaborative new work for saxophones that incorporates the inherent potential of playing together online in real-time. 

Interested students must have access to the internet and a computer with video ability.

Instruments Accepted: 
The Summer Institute for Woodwind Studies accepts students who study flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone, and horn. 

Program Dates

June 21 – June 27, 2020

Application Deadline

extended to June 5, 2020

Costs and Fees

$55 (Non-Refundable Application Fee)
$650 (Reduced Tuition)
Merit Based Scholarships are available.

Intended For

High School
Graduate Students

Esther Lamneck

Music Professor of Music and Music Education, Program Director

Gina Cuffari

Music Adjunct Faculty

Matt Sullivan

Music Assistant Professor of Woodwind Studies - Director, Double Reeds

Paul Cohen

Music Adjunct Faculty

Sample Schedule

Applied Instrument Masterclass (flute, clarinet, double reeds, saxophones)

Recording at Home, Masterclass Series

Virtual Ensemble Project

Lunch break

Special Topics Seminar (reed making, music business, chamber music)

Private Lessons

Guest Artist Series

Audition Requirements

Submit a recording with two contrasting selections no longer than ten minutes. 

Creative Resume Requirements, please include:

  • Any chamber music experience you may have had in the past (i.e., other summer programs, private study, school quintet) 
  • Large ensemble experience
  • Honors ensembles and/or youth orchestra experience 
  • Solo repertoire

Summer 2020

The 2020 summer programs application is open. Start your application today!

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Costs and Fees

Costs, payment procedures, scholarships, and financial aid details for our summer programs.

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International Student Information

An application checklist and information on English proficiency testing, visas, and health insurance for students from outside the United States.

Contact Us

Program Administration
Summer Programs
212 998 5438

Academic Content 
Kaitlyn Walker
Administrative Director
Summer Institute for Woodwind Studies