Woodwinds Performance

Woodwinds Performance Faculty

Faculty Member Title Contact Biography
Dr. Jon Beebe
Professor of Bassoon
Room 316, Broyhill Music Center
(828) 262-6460
Dr. Alicia Chapman
Assistant Professor of Oboe
Room 110, Broyhill Music Center
(828) 262-4898
Dr. Soo Goh
Dr. Soo Goh
Assistant Professor of Clarinet
Room 315 Broyhill Music
(828) 262-6134
Dr. Scott Kallestad
Professor of Saxophone
Wind Area of Coordinator
Room 108, Broyhill Music Center
(828) 262-8025
Dr. Nancy Schneeloch-Bingham
Professor of Flute
Room 208, Broyhill Music Center
(828) 262-6447
Todd Wright
Professor, Jazz Area Coordinator
Room 418, Broyhill Music Center
(828) 262-4964

Mission Statement

The Master of Music degree in Performance provides a comprehensive education in music as an expression of artistic talent with a thorough knowledge of pedagogy and applied literature. The degree offers the student performer the opportunity to develop high levels of musicianship and instill a lifelong desire to participate creatively as a dedicated artist, performer, scholar, and teacher.

Admissions Information

General Admission Requirements

Audition Requirements

  • Students must audition before the applied woodwind faculty. The applicant should be prepared to perform all major and minor scales and arpeggios (minimum of two octave range) and the chromatic scale across the full practical range of the instrument. The applicant should demonstrate ability to sightread representative literature with appropriate style, phrasing, and expression. Previous ensemble experience in band and/or orchestra is required. 
  • At the entrance audition, students will submit: 
    • A complete list of repertoire covered at the undergraduate level, including all of the following that are applicable: solos, etudes, exercises, chamber works (large and small), and orchestral exceprts. 
    • A list of the names of previous teachers with the dates of study with each. If applicable, please include master class participation and attendance. 
  • Performance of compositions from a variety of stylisitic periods is recommended, e.g., Baroque, Classic, Romantic, and the Twentieth Century. 

Contact the appropriate Woodwind faculty to schedule an audition appointment.

Download the audition form, fill out the information on page one, and bring the complete form to your audition.

Degree Course Requirements

Course Requirements for the Master of Music in Performance Semester Hours Required (minimum): 32 or 35 - varies by concentration - see below
Required Courses
  • AMU 6xxx: Applied Music (8)
  • MUS 5006: Philosophy of Music (3)
  • MUS 5170: Professional and Scholarly Practices for Musicians (3)
  • MUS 5013: History of Musical Style (3)
  • MUS 5018: Applied Area Literature – topics depend upon concentration (3) 
  • MUS 5600: Analytical Techniques (3)

Performance Concentration (Codes: Flute, 558E; Oboe, 558I; Clarinet, 558D; Bassoon, 558B; Saxophone, 558N)
Semester hours required for the degree (minimum): 32

  • MUS 5100: Performance Ensemble (1+1+1+1=4)
  • MUS 5998: Master of Music in Performance Recital (2) 
  • 3 s.h. of music electives chosen in consultation with an advisor

Schedule of Course Offerings

Courses offered each Fall Semester:

  • MUS 5170 Professional and Scholarly Practices for Musicians
  • MUS 5600 Analytical Techniques 

Courses offered each Spring Semester:

  • MUS 5006 Philosophy of Music 
  • MUS 5013 History of Musical Style
  • MUS 5602 Music Theory Pedagogy (Even years only)


Recital Requirements

  • A recital will be presented while the student is in residence and actively studying the applied major instrument. Difficulty level of the literature performed will be equal to or greater than that of the entrance audition. A jury performance will be given for the woodwind or brass faculty two to four weeks in advance of the scheduled recital.
  • A recital of forty-five to sixty minutes that includes representative works from at least two different musical style periods will be presented. With the approval of the applied teacher, one selection may be for chamber ensemble.

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