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About the Woodwinds Department

Department chair: Peter Kolkay

The Woodwinds Department maintains the highest possible standards, offers an exceptional musical and intellectual education, and fosters an atmosphere where artistry and creativity can thrive. Students work with the primary professors in each instrumental area, and a low student-teacher ratio ensures dedicated, personalized private instruction.

Music majors enjoy an environment rich with gifted, intelligent peers; regular performances by both students and faculty (who at times perform together), and stimulating, challenging class work. Chamber music is an important focal point of the program, with all student groups coached on a regular basis. An innovative large ensemble organizational structure assures an opportunity for both leadership roles and a variety of ensemble experiences -- orchestra, wind symphony, contemporary ensemble, opera and oratorio orchestras, concert winds and chamber players. Weekly performance classes and student recitals allow for essential on-stage experience and feedback.

Frequent performances by faculty, including the resident faculty woodwind quintet, visiting guest artists and master-class teachers, as well as by student ensembles, are a vital strength of the program.

The following Woodwinds Department faculty offer instruction to Blair School undergraduate music majors:

Bassoon

Peter Kolkay, Associate Professor of Bassoon

Clarinet

Bil Jackson, Associate Professor of Clarinet

Flute

Molly Barth, Assistant Professor of Flute

Oboe

Jared Hauser, Associate Professor of Oboe

Saxophone

Brian Utley, Senior Lecturer in Saxophone

Recommended audition repertoire for the Woodwind Department

Faculty

Peter Kolkay
Associate Professor of Bassoon; Chair of the Woodwinds Department
Email
615-322-4918
2116 Blair
Collegiate primary majors, collegiate non-primary majors, and collegiate minors
Molly Barth
Assistant Professor of Flute
Email
Website
615-343-1697
Collegiate primary majors
Jimmy Bowland
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Saxophone
Email
Website
615-322-4917
2118 Blair
Collegiate non-primary majors, collegiate minors, and Blair Academy students
Jessica Dunnavant
Adjunct Artist Teacher of Flute
Email
615-322-7651
Blair Academy students
 Leslie Fagan
Adjunct Associate Professor of Flute
Email
615-322-7651
2120 Blair
Collegiate non-primary majors, and collegiate minors
Jared Hauser
Associate Professor of Oboe
Email
615-875-8390
2109 Blair
Collegiate primary majors, collegiate non-primary majors, and collegiate minors
 Laura Hauser
Adjunct Senior Artist Teacher of Bassoon
Email
615-322-7651
Collegiate non-primary majors, collegiate minors, and Blair Academy students
Bil Jackson
Associate Professor of Clarinet
Email
615-322-7664
2114 Blair
Collegiate primary majors, collegiate non-primary majors, and collegiate minors
 Cassandra D. Lee
Senior Artist Teacher of Clarinet
Email
615-322-7685
2173 Blair
Collegiate non-primary majors, collegiate minors, and Blair Academy students
Brian Utley
Senior Lecturer in Saxophone
Email
(615) 322-4917
2118 Blair
Collegiate primary majors, collegiate non-primary majors, collegiate minors, and Blair Academy students
 Roger Wiesmeyer
Adjunct Associate Professor of Oboe
Email
(615) 322-8826
1193 Blair
Collegiate non-primary majors, collegiate minors, and Blair Academy students