Woodwind, Brass & Percussion

Woodwind, Brass & Percussion Performance
Josh Ryan, chair
Boesel Musical Arts Center

Woodwind, Brass & Percussion Major

A woodwind, brass, or percussion performance degree can open doors to opportunities around the world. Our talented faculty studio teachers and conductors will help you realize your full potential, and show you how.

You've practiced hard and are ready to take the next step.  At the Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory of Music, the next step starts with a tremendously talented and accomplished faculty (Check out their bios by clicking on the faculty links to the left!)  They include members of The Cleveland Orchestra, the Cleveland Chamber Symphony, the Akron and Canton Symphony Orchestras, and others.  Many travel internationally to perform and record as soloists.  Some are highly regarded free-lancers, who perform with prestigious ensembles and musicians around the globe. 

As a performance major, our faculty members are very closely involved with the nurturing, challenging, and mentoring you'll need to successfully navigate a Conservatory education.  The studio instruction you'll receive, the ensemble coachings, the contacts your teachers have in the professional world, and the inspiration you'll get from hearing them perform will shape your life as a professional musician. 


  • Abundant performance opportunities beginning in the freshman year - performance ensembles include: Symphony Orchestra, Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Brass Choir, Jazz Ensemble, Jazztet, Percussion Ensemble, Collegium Musicum Early Music Ensemble, and others
  • The highest quality musical training, provided in a Conservatory setting, enhanced by on and off-campus performance opportunities
  • A unique network of Cleveland area performance venues including Severance Hall and Blossom Music Center, among others, allows students to experience professional level performances (often with discounted student pricing!)
  • Option to elect a double major in music performance and any of the other high quality music programs the Conservatory has to offer - backed by a comprehensive advising program to assist in keeping all students academically on track

Our comprehensive curriculum prepares students for the next step - whether that means graduate school, private instruction, or performance with a world-class ensemble.  It is a given that, upon graduation, many of our students go out and obtain performing positions across the nation, but many of our graduates find employment opportunities in other varied areas as well:

Private instrumental instruction
Church and/or theatre musicians/directors
Administrative roles within arts organizations
Non-profit work

All Baldwin Wallace music performance majors graduate with a Bachelor of Music (B.M.) degree and are required to take Conservatory core classes including large-group ensemble, music theory, music history and literature, and applied instrument lessons.  View the complete degree requirements for music performance majors in the University Catalog.


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