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Woodwinds

Woodwinds, the most tonally diverse group of instruments, find themselves equally at home in concert band, orchestra, chamber music, solo performance and jazz band. The woodwinds, with their flexibility and variety, are right at home at Pittsburg State University. At Pittsburg State, students interested in woodwind instruments may choose from a complete program of courses designed to stimulate musical thought, growth and curiosity.

Performance Opportunities

Pittsburg State University affords woodwind students the opportunity to perform in a variety of ensembles: Concert Band, Marching Band, Pep Band, Orchestra, and Jazz Band. Students also have ample opportunity to perform solo repertoire and chamber music on the weekly Student Recital Hour and other individually scheduled recitals. Chamber music ensembles such as woodwind quintets, quartets and trios are formed from the student body and can be taken for credit. Competitions held at Pittsburg State University are the Concerto and Aria Competition and the Waddill Chamber Music Competition. Student winners of the Concerto and Aria Competition perform with the Southeast Kansas Symphony.

Studio and Reed Classes

Woodwind faculty teach classes in reed making and reed adjustment for single and double reeds. Informal studio classes explore, examine and discuss performance practice; orchestral, solo and chamber literature; repertoire; historical aspects of instruments; and stage deportment. Informal performances are also a part of the Studio Class where music students receive immediate feedback and constructive comments about performances from their peers.

Private Study

Pittsburg State University's program of applied lessons is custom tailored to suit individual student needs and abilities. Instruction includes the basic fundamentals of performing and interpreting musical styles and notations. Private lessons are offered to help the student acquire the necessary skills and competencies to meet today's professional demands of teaching and performing.

PSU Woodwind Graduates

Graduates of Pittsburg State University's Woodwind Program are employed across the country as successful public school teachers, college professors, freelance musicians, and symphony orchestra musicians.

Scholarships

In addition to receiving stipends for Marching Band and Pep Band, qualified students may apply and audition for Music Department Scholarships. The University administers a major financial aid program that includes other scholarships, grants, and loans.

For more information contact:
Department of Music
Pittsburg State University
Pittsburg, Kansas 66762
(620) 235-4466
music@pittstate.edu

Woodwind Faculty

britz

Joanne M. Britz, Associate Professor (2001)
Specialty: Clarinet and Sax
B.M., and B.S., University of South Florida; M.M. and D.M.A., The University of Texas at Austin  
jbritz@pittstate.edu Office phone 620/235-4480

 

Christina Webster, Lecturer (2009)
Specialty: Flute
B.M., University of Kansas; M.M., University of Missouri Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance; D.M.A. University of Missouri Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance; LRAM & Postgraduate Performance Diploma (Fulbright Grant-UK) Royal Academy of Music
cwflute@gmail.com Office phone 620/235-4466

 

hurley

David Ross Hurley, Professor (1996)
Specialties: Oboe; Music History, Literature
B.M., University of Michigan; M.A., Ph.D., University of Chicago  
dhurley@pittstate.edu Office phone 620/235-4479

jones

Russell L. Jones, Professor (1971)
Specialties: Double Reeds; Music Education 
A.B., Duke University; M.M.E., Ph.D., Indiana University 
rjones@pittstate.edu Office phone 620/235-4467