Woodwinds' student at the Conservatory of Music

Woodwinds

Lynn University’s intimate studio sizes and world-renowned faculty set it apart from other conservatories and performance-based institutions.

Enrolling at Lynn allows you to perform in ensembles from the moment you arrive on campus. Whether you are an incoming freshman, or a second-year graduate student, you will fully participate in all of our ensembles, including orchestra, wind ensemble, woodwind orchestral repertoire class, woodwind chamber ensemble, as well as smaller chamber groups.

You also will benefit from individual performance, mock auditions, juries, weekly performance forum in front of students and faculty, performance in individual studio classes, as well as combined woodwind studio class. From building a strong musical and technical foundation to taking the final steps toward winning an audition, Lynn is an extraordinary place to be.

Audition guidelines

Eric Van Der Veer Varner

Eric Van der Veer Varner

Associate Professor–bassoon

“My objective as a teacher is to help students to become well-rounded musicians in addition to being superlative performers. The bassoon is merely the vehicle through which they will develop their own skills as complete musicians. The pedagogical approach and compact size of the bassoon studio are specifically designed to aid students’ mastery of their instrument’s technical aspects, with biweekly lessons, studio class and reed instruction. The focus and effort you will learn to demand of yourself at Lynn is considerable, but the rewards are incalculable.”

Joseph Robinson

Joseph Robinson

Distinguished Artist in Residence–oboe

“Lynn offers highly motivated pre-professional oboists an ideal environment for pursuit of their dreams. As one of Marcel Tabuteau’s last students, I follow the tradition of his American School of Oboe Playing. Generous scholarships, talented colleagues and a beautiful campus all enhance the educational opportunity for oboists at Lynn.”

Jon Manasse

Jon Manasse

Distinguished Artist in Residence–clarinet

“Lynn has a superb environment for developing one’s talent. For those lucky enough to be a part of this community, the benefits are considerable!"

Jeffrey Khaner

Jeffrey Khaner

Distinguished Artist in Residence–flute

Conservatory performance

Curricular highlights

Weekly

  • Woodwind Chamber Music Coaching
  • Orchestral Repertoire Class
  • Weekly Performance Forum
  • Combined Woodwind Studio Class & Performance Forum

Annually

  • Lynn Philharmonia Concerts
  • Lynn Chamber of Music Competition
  • Wind Ensemble
  • Concerto Competition
  • Woodwind Chamber Ensemble
  • Mock Auditions
Students playing woodwinds instruments

Recent master classes

Bassoon

  • Gabriel Beavers: Professor, University of Miami
  • Laura Bennett Cameron: Principal Bassoon, Dallas Wind Symphony
  • Jefferson Campbell: Professor, University of Minnesota-Duluth
  • Martin Kuuskman: International Soloist
  • John Miller: Retired Principal, Minnesota Symphony Orchestra
  • Susan Nelson: Professor, Bowling Green State University
  • Saxton Rose: Professor, University of North Carolina School of the Arts
  • Staci Spring: Professor, Stephen F. Austin University
  • Mark Timmerman: New York City Ballet


    Clarinet

    • Phillip O. Paglialonga: Professor, Virginia Tech University

    Flute

    • Nadine Asin: Faculty, Bard College, Julliard School (Former Piccolo with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra)
    • Nestor Torres: Grammy-Award Winning Jazz and Latin Flautist
    • Adam Workman: Flutistry Boston

    Oboe & English Horn

    • Cally Banham: English Horn, St. Louis Symphony
    • Robin Driscoll: Principal Oboe, Pittsburgh Ballet and Pittsburgh Opera Orchestra
    • Jared Hauser: Professor, Vanderbilt University
    • Eugene Izotov: Principal Oboe, San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
    • Nancy Ambrose King: Professor, University of Michigan
    • Igor Leschishin: Principal Oboe of the Kennedy Center National Opera
    • Nora Lewis: Professor, Kansas State University
    • Nermis Mieses: Professor, Bowling Green State University
    • Keisuke Wakao: Associate Principal Oboe, Boston Symphony
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