Woodwind students at the OU School of Music have the exceptional opportunity of studying with full-time professors specializing in the full complement of woodwind instruments: flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, and saxophone. These highly-acclaimed faculty/artists are all active in the fields of performance and education, and students benefit from close personal instruction with these extraordinary faculty members through private instruction, weekly studio classes and master classes, and faculty-sponsored performance ensembles. In addition, the Woodwind Area offers an active chamber music program to its students including like-instrument ensembles such as the OU clarinet and flute ensembles, saxophone quartets, and Sooner Bassooners as well as woodwind quintets.
Graduates of the OU Woodwind Area have achieved great success and can be found continuing study in the finest graduate institutions and performing and teaching at universities, elementary and secondary schools, and professional performing groups across the country.
The Woodwind Area is committed to exposing students to outstanding performers in their field. International artists have come to perform and work with students at events hosted by the OU School of Music including the International Double Reed Society Convention, the Oklahoma Flute Society Flute Fair, and the Clarinet Symposium.
The University of Oklahoma faculty woodwind quintet, The Oklahoma Woodwind Quintet, has been delighting audiences since 1975. they have concertized internationally including a successful debut in the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in 1985. They have received critical acclaim for their performances at the Classical Music Festival in Eisenstadt, Austria and the International Double Reed Society Convention in Manchester, England.
The annual Wade Oboe Scholarship is available to entering freshmen planning to major in music with oboe as their principal instrument. The $1,000 scholarship, paid in $500 installments each semester of study in the freshman year, is awarded by audition and application using criteria of excellence in performance, scholarship, and leadership. Funds for this scholarship are made possible through the generous donation of Larry and Mary Jane Wade, in honor of their daughter Elizabeth.