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Division Chair: Michele Fiala, Associate Professor, Oboe

Michele Fiala

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The Ohio University woodwind faculty provide comprehensive study through applied instruction, repertoire and pedagogy courses, and masterclasses on flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, and bassoon. Woodwind chamber music opportunities include: flute choir, clarinet choir, saxophone quartets and ensembles, woodwind quintets, and other mixed chamber music ensembles in addition to the Symphony Orchestra, Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band, Jazz Ensembles, New Music Ensemble, University Concert Band, and Marching Band.


Woodwind Faculty

Flute
Alison Brown Sincoff
Professor

Clarinet
Rebecca Rischin
Professor 

Saxophone
Matthew James
Professor 

Oboe
Michele Fiala
Assoicate Professor

Bassoon
Matthew Morris
Instructor of Bassoon and Music Theory

 



Woodwind Audition Requirements: Undergraduate
 

  • Woodwind Instruments
  • Prepare at least one solo of major length. Movements and/or etudes contrasting in tempo and style are desirable. 
  • Demonstrate knowledge of scales and arpeggios.  
  • Advanced solos from state solo and ensemble contest lists are suggested.  
  • Sight reading and aural discrimination skills will also be assessed during your audition.

 

For additional information regarding audition requirements, please contact the major professor on your instrument or the woodwind division coordinator:

Michele Fiala
Associate Professor of Oboe, Woodwind Division Chair
fialam@ohio.edu
 



Woodwind Audition Requirements: Graduate


Audition Materials for the Masters in Performance on a woodwind instrument: 

  • The audition for the Masters in Performance on a woodwind instrument is approximately 30 minutes in length.
  • Please prepare contrasting lyrical and technical material, including at least one contemporary work, and one work standard to the repertoire.
  • In addition, prepare at least two contrasting orchestra and/or band excerpts. Sightreading will be included in the audition.
  • Saxophonists who also play jazz are encouraged to perform using playalong audio.
  • Performance on auxiliary instruments is encouraged but not required.

    These auxiliary instruments include:

 ◦  Bassoonists: contrabassoon
 ◦  Clarinetists: bass clarinet, Eb clarinet
 ◦  Flutists: piccolo
 ◦  Oboists: English horn
 ◦  Saxophonists: soprano, tenor, or baritone saxophone


While in-person auditions are preferred, audio or video recordings of recent performances are acceptable for those students unable to travel to campus.
 

Audition Materials for the Masters in Woodwind Pedagogy: 

An entrance audition on the principal instrument and at least one secondary instrument is required for acceptance into the Masters in Woodwind Pedagogy. The performance standard demonstrated on the student's principal instrument must be at graduate level.  
 

  • The audition is approximately 30 minutes in length, and should include contrasting lyrical and technical material.
  • Prepare at least two contrasting orchestra and/or band excerpts.
  • Sightreading will be included in the audition.
  • Saxophonists who also play jazz are encouraged to perform using playalong audio.



With the approval of the woodwind faculty, upon entrance into the degree program the student will determine his/her choice of:
 

  • One Principal Instrument
  • Two Major Secondary Instruments
  • Two Minor Secondary Instruments


While in-person auditions are preferred, audio or video recordings of recent performances are acceptable for those students unable to travel to campus.

 

For additional information regarding the woodwind pedagogy program, please click here. You can also contact:

Graduate Chair
gradmusic@ohio.edu

 

 

Alison Brown Sincoff

Professor of Flute
browna2@ohio.edu
(740) 707-5849

Rebecca Rischin

Professor of Clarinet
rischin@ohio.edu
(740) 707-7061

Matthew James

Professor of Saxophone & Jazz Studies
jamesm1@ohio.edu
(740) 593-0957

Matthew Morris

Instructor of Bassoon and Music Theory/Supervisor of Mus 1000, Mus1011 and 1021 Graduate Teaching Assistants, Music
morrism4@ohio.edu
(740) 593-4244