Woodwinds, Brass, and Percussion

The instrumental performance programs at Illinois prepare students for professional careers in performance, studio teaching, and beyond.  

Populated by world-class performer-pedagogues, Illinois’ Woodwind, Brass, and Percussion Area features a faculty engaged in preparing students for a life in music. Our resident, full-time faculty’s commitment to remaining accessible and available to students creates an energized music environment year-round. At Illinois, you get it all – award winning instruction from faculty members with major solo, chamber, and orchestral experience, performing in the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, and a vibrant community of aspirant musicians and educators – all nestled in a world-class university with an extraordinary breadth of curricular offerings. Our commitment – to prepare our students for brilliant futures in music, but moreover, to prepare them for productive lives in a rapidly changing world. 

Flute lessonWoodwind, Brass, and Percussion students enjoy in-depth performance preparation and innovative pedagogy. Study at Illinois includes weekly master classes, regular chamber music performances both with each other, as well as with vocalists, string players, and pianists, in addition to rehearsals and performances with some of the country’s finest large ensembles. The Krannert Center for the Performing Arts acts as a backdrop to this, regularly hosting major orchestras, chamber ensembles, soloists, and interdisciplinary arts events. Through this, our students receive regular guest master classes from major orchestral players, in addition to experiencing a dynamic arts scene in a micro-urban environment.

Illinois Woodwind, Brass and Percussion students have won major orchestral positions, ranging from the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, to the Cleveland Orchestra, to the Dallas Symphony, and beyond.  Our graduate students receive university-level, résumé building teaching opportunities through graduate teaching assistantships, and populate university positions throughout the world. Music education students enjoy a 98% job placement rate, but moreover, develop their skills in an innovative environment focused on excellent traditional music education while simultaneously working with new and emerging technologies. Our students are encouraged to, and regularly attend summer festivals ranging from the National Repertory Orchestra, to Aspen Music Festival, to Music Academy of the West, and more.