Chamber Music for Winds

Chamber Music for Winds is a one-week summer woodwind quintet program on the retreat-like setting of Madeline Island. Students will have private lessons along with daily chamber music rehearsals and coaching from Windscape, our 2024 Ensemble-in-Residence. Performance opportunities, master classes, and faculty presentations round out a week of intensive study of woodwind quintet repertoire.

Chamber Music for Winds Program Details


Sunday, June 16 – Saturday, June 22, 2024 (inclusive of travel) 

Application Deadline 

February 15, 2024 


  • Flute, oboe, clarinet, french horn, and bassoon players ages 14-24 or currently enrolled full-time at a college, university, or conservatory
  • Pre-formed woodwind quintets are encouraged to apply

Tuition and Fees 

  • Application fee: $100 (individual) / $150 (pre-formed quintet)
    • Early bird application fee through December 1: $75 (individual) / $100 (pre-formed quartet)
  • Tuition, Room, and Board: $2,000 
  • Students are responsible for the cost of transportation to the program 

Program Outline 

  • Intensive study and performance of woodwind chamber music 
  • Private instruction and chamber music coaching 
  • Weekly public performances 
  • Ensemble master classes 
  • Presentations and demonstrations by the faculty on topics such as arranging for woodwind quintet, 21st century artistic life, and pathways to success

Application Materials

Video auditions are required for all applicants and must be uploaded directly to the Acceptd application prior to the submission deadline.

Letter of recommendation from your current private teacher or chamber music coach.

Audition Requirements for Individuals

  • 5-8 minutes of solo repertoire consisting of two works contrasting in style and tempo (representative excerpts of longer movements are accepted)
  • One movement of a chamber music performance
  • Audition recordings may be with or without accompaniment

Audition Requirements for Pre-Formed Woodwind Quintets

  • Two complete movements of works contrasting in style and tempo
  • Individuals wanting consideration for admission, should the quintet not be able to attend as a group, must also submit the audition requirements for individuals listed above

Financial Aid

Financial aid is awarded to students based on demonstrated need. The average scholarship covers 50% of tuition, room and board. Applicants requesting financial aid must complete additional questions on the Acceptd application and provide tax documents (if applicable).

Sample Daily Schedule

Includes 2 hours of scheduled individual practice, 2 hours of scheduled chamber music rehearsal, and 1 hour of chamber music coaching

8:00 AM

8:50 AM – 12:10 PM
Rehearsals, coachings, private lessons, or individual practice

12:15 PM – 1:00 PM

1:20 PM – 3:30 PM
Rehearsals, coachings, private lessons, or individual practice

3:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Free time

6:00 PM – 6:45 PM

7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Faculty presentations, master classes, and performances