Woodwinds, Brass, & Percussion

Woodwinds: Bassoon, Clarinet, Flute, Oboe & English Horn, Saxophone
Brass: Horn, Trombone (Bass & Tenor), Trumpet, Tuba & Euphonium

BU School of Music offers the best of both worlds: an immersive music program and the diverse opportunities of a major research university. We encourage you to dive deep, and be transformed not only as an artist but as a leader, entrepreneur, advocate, and thinker.

With 140 students studying 11 instruments at all degree levels, Woodwinds, Brass, and Percussion represents one of the largest departments at the School of Music. So whether it’s a lesson or coaching with one our 39 faculty members, or orchestral techniques class down at Symphony Hall, the Woodwinds, Brass, and Percussion department offers world-class instruction for students seeking meaningful careers as orchestral and chamber musicians, soloists, and teachers.

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Undergraduate Programs

Graduate Programs

Degrees Offered

  • Bachelor of Music
    in Performance, Music Education, Composition & Theory, or Musicology
  • Master of Music
  • Performance Diploma
  • Doctor of Musical Arts
  • Artist Diploma

By the numbers

Woodwind Students
Brass Students
Percussion Students
Faculty Members in BSO




Performance Opportunities

With over 400 performances per year at the School of Music alone you will always be just a few steps from taking the stage. And don’t forget: this is Boston, a city where music matters.

  • BU Symphony Orchestra
  • BU Chamber Orchestra
  • Opera Orchestra
  • Chamber Music
  • Annual Soloists’ Competition
  • BU Baroque Orchestra

Recent Masterclasses

Coming soon.

Other Opportunities

  • Five-year program in Bachelor of Music, Performance and Master of Music, Education. Official admission to the program occurs during the sophomore year, but students can begin adding music education courses gradually to the performance degree program starting in the freshman year.
  • An exciting and unique opportunity to study for a semester with the Royal College of Music in London, England through BU Study Abroad.
  • Arts Administration Certificate program, through the BU Metropolitan College, offers courses for graduate students interested in futures in arts leadership and administration.
  • Cross-curricular opportunities in the College of Fine Arts, including the Arts Leadership Minor, and access to the greater University’s liberal arts courses.

Notable Alumni