Woodwind Area

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Woodwind students at McGill benefit from a complete and carefully structured curriculum. Faculty includes most of the principals of the brilliant Orchestre symphonique de Montréal as well as other internationally acclaimed artists.

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First-rate ensemble experience includes performing opportunities with the McGill Symphony Orchestra, Contemporary Music Ensemble, and the McGill Wind Orchestra. Smaller ensembles such as wind quintets, saxophone ensembles, and other chamber music groups complete a thorough ensemble program intended to prepare Performance Program students for professional careers. 

Faculty Program students enjoy the benefits of participation in large ensembles, study with the Woodwind Area faculty, and greater freedom in course selection intended to prepare them for careers in music in disciplines other than performance.

In addition to private lessons, studio classes, and guest artist master classes, woodwind students can enroll in orchestral repertoire classes. These provide the invaluable experience and knowledge of the symphonic repertoire that allow McGill graduates to consistently win major awards and scholarships as well as important auditions for the best orchestras in Canada, the USA, and abroad.


Woodwind Area Faculty

Area Coordinator: Prof. Simon Aldrich

Complete faculty listing: Woodwind area

For a complete list of the School's ensembles, with descriptions and audition information, visit our Ensembles webpages.

For admissions information, see our Undergraduate Admissions and Graduate Admissions webpages.

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