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Woodwind

Performance opportunities combined with academic studies
Deepen and expand your playing of your instrument in preparation for a career as a professional musician. Develop your performance skills, creativity and confidence along with classes in musicology, history and analysis.

Studying woodwind is a great way to start your professional career in music performance. You will learn through individual and ensemble tuition delivered by industry experts with performance experience – many of our experts perform in ensembles that are internationally regarded.

We deliver a selection of programs in woodwind teaching, performance and research. Within the Bachelor of Music, you can study woodwind in the context of performance, composition, improvisation, musicology and music education.

Our woodwind program has a reputation for producing some of Australia’s leading woodwind exponents. We aim to support you to achieve both artistic individuality and a high level of musical proficiency.

We encourage you to collaborate with your peers and we provide a variety of performance opportunities including:

  • wind symphony
  • symphony orchestra
  • chamber orchestras
  • solo
  • chamber music ensembles.

Why study woodwind with us?

There are many great reasons to join the Conservatorium’s woodwind program:

  • Our teachers come with great expertise in professional performance at the highest level.
  • We offer individual tuition as well as many opportunities to play and perform with others.
  • We encourage you to collaborate musically with your peers.
  • You will have opportunities to perform with our highly regarded ensembles and chamber music programs. 
  • We provide highly regarded performance spaces and about 100 practice rooms.
  • Creativity and music technology are woven into all our units.
  • We welcome guest lecturers and performers from around the world.
  • We’re only a short stroll from the Sydney Opera House.

Who can I study woodwind with?

  • Mr Andrew Barnes, Senior Lecturer in Bassoon
  • Dr Michael Duke, Senior Lecturer in Saxophone
  • Mr Frank Celata, Lecturer in Clarinet
  • Mr James Kortum, Lecturer in Flute
  • Ms Susan Newsome, Lecturer in Clarinet
  • Ms Emma Sholl, Lecturer in Flute
  • Mr Jonathan Byrnes, Casual Lecturer in Saxophone
  • Mr Geoffrey Collins, Casual Lecturer in Flute
  • Dr Deborah de Graaff, Casual Lecturer in Clarinet
  • Ms Ngaire de Korte, Casual Lecturer in Oboe
  • Mr Peter Jenkin, Casual Lecturer in Clarinet
  • Ms Christina Leonard, Casual Lecturer in Saxophone
  • Mr Alexandre Oguey, Casual Lecturer in Oboe
  • Ms Roslyn Plummer, Casual Lecturer in Flute
  • Ms Shefali Pryor, Casual Lecturer in Oboe
  • Mr Andrew Smith, Casual Lecturer in Saxophone
  • Mr Chris Tingay, Casual Lecturer in Clarinet

What are my study options in woodwind?

Sydney Conservatorium Wind Symphony

Conducted by Dr John Lynch, performing the Australian premiere of Erica Muhl's Smoke and Mirrors, 2015.

Where woodwind can take you

Our students develop as professional musicians who strive for the levels of excellence demanded by the music profession. The skills you will gain in our courses – such as research, resilience, critical thinking, communication – are also transferable to a range of industries and occupations.

  • soloist
  • chamber/orchestral musician
  • session musician
  • instrumental woodwind teacher
  • music researcher/academic
  • arts administrator
  • events coordinator
  • music professional – when combined with further study (for example, music therapist)