About the Specialization
MFA Winds studies provides a challenging forum for accomplished students of flute, clarinet, oboe and bassoon to explore advanced performance techniques and a greater range of stylistic directions as they develop their individual artistic profiles and prepare for professional careers after graduation.
In addition to major lessons, winds ensemble, winds workshop and advanced classes in music history, literature, theory and analysis, MFA candidates perform in a variety of chamber ensembles and conducted large ensembles, including the School’s principal conducted faculty-student group, The Ensemble at CalArts. Wind players further hone their skills in extended techniques, improvisation and interpretation through a number of more specialized groups, covering Baroque, jazz, electronic, improvisational and creative music, as well as a host of non-Western traditions. As part of the preparation for the professional world, the MFA curriculum also incorporates classes in career design.
All MFA candidates are required to pass a Mid-Residence Recital and a Graduation Jury and Recital in order to obtain the degree.
Detailed curriculum and academic requirements can be found in the online course catalog.
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