Winds program

Winds studies, part of the InstrumentalArts family of offerings, surveys Western musical repertoire from the medieval to the modern, also emphasizing contemporary styles, diverse musical cultures, improvisation, digital technology and interdisciplinary media.

Students of flute, clarinet, oboe and bassoon explore a full range of challenging repertoire, ensemble performance opportunities and supplemental coursework in support of their métier. The BFA track is designed for wind players to master performance skills and attain musical knowledge at the highest level, while the MFA track builds on each student’s pre-existing practice, encouraging them to apply their unique musical voices to a wide range of different professional opportunities and settings.

The curriculum features weekly seminars on performance practice and technique, often with distinguished visiting artists from around the globe. Intensive ensemble work involves performing with an eclectic variety of chamber groups and conducted large ensembles, including the School’s principal conducted faculty-student group, The Ensemble at CalArts.


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