The University of Oregon's woodwind program involves studies with professional artist/teachers who are actively performing. There are also many opportunities for students to develop their performance and audition skills through weekly performance classes, solo and chamber music recitals, and special classes with visiting artists.
Woodwind performance students at the School of Music and Dance have the opportunity to participate in large ensembles including the Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of David Jacobs; Oregon Wind Ensemble conducted by Timothy Paul; Oregon Symphonic Band directed by David Hedgecoth; Oregon Marching Band directed by Eric Wiltshire; and jazz bands and combos under the direction of Steve Owen. While most of the students participating in ensembles are music majors, ensembles are open to students majoring in other fields.
Performance degrees are offered at the Bachelor, Master's and Doctoral (Primary and Supporting) levels. The University of Oregon also maintains a strong program in music education, where students have the opportunity to enroll in specialized course work leading to degrees in Music Education.