The woodwind program provides excellent instruction provided by a world class faculty. Virtually all of the woodwind teachers are recognized performers, living the careers that our students seek for themselves.

In addition to scheduled private lessons and master classes, woodwind students have the opportunity to study orchestral repertoire and participate in chamber music ensembles.  A robust performance environment includes a symphony orchestra, two wind ensembles, and a variety of jazz ensembles.

Woodwind graduates regularly take their places in the profession as performers and as teachers at every level.  Graduates can be found in such orchestras as the Chicago and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestras and in bands of the United States Armed Forces.  Duquesne graduates are respected teachers at every level from the public schools through universities.

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Graduate Students

The Triano Woodwind Quintet, an exciting opportunity for students interested in graduate studies, is now accepting applications. Additionally, we are proud to offer highly competitive Graduate Performance Awards and Assistantships that can cover up to 100% of tuition.

Questions About Studying Woodwinds?

Contact the Woodwind Area Coordinator.

Ron Samuels

Adjunct Professor of Clarinet; Woodwind Area Coordinator

Flute Faculty

Rhian Kenny

Rhian Kenny

Adjunct Professor of Flute/Piccolo

Jennifer Steele

Jennifer Steele

Adjunct Professor of Flute

Oboe Faculty

Max Blair

Max Blair

Adjunct Professor of Oboe

Clarinet Faculty

Jack Howell

Jack Howell

Adjunct Professor of Clarinet

Ron Samuels

Ron Samuels

Adjunct Professor of Clarinet; Woodwind Area Coordinator

Saxophone Faculty

Mike Tomaro

Mike Tomaro

Professor of Jazz Saxophone, Program Director of Jazz Studies; Conductor, Jazz Ensemble

Keith Young

Keith Young

Adjunct Professor of Saxophone

Bassoon Faculty

Philip Pandolfi

Philip Pandolfi

Adjunct Professor of Bassoon

James Rodgers

James Rodgers

Adjunct Professor of Bassoon

Upcoming Woodwind Events

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Wind Ensembles

Wind Symphony & Symphony BandDr. James Gourlay, Director of Bands

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  • Charles J. Dougherty Ballroom, Power Center
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Anthony F. Triano Woodwind Suite

In October 2008, the Anthony F. Triano Woodwind Suite was dedicated on the third floor of the Mary Pappert School of Music, consisting of teaching studios for flute, clarinet, and double reeds. Larger than many other practice rooms, these rooms can accommodate anything from solo practice to small group rehearsals.