Woodwind Area

​​Schulich School of Music - Woodwind Area

Woodwind students at McGill benefit from a complete and carefully structured curriculum. Faculty includes most of the principals of the brilliant Orchestre symphonique de Montréal as well as other internationally acclaimed artists. 

First-rate ensemble experience includes performing opportunities with the McGill Symphony Orchestra, Contemporary Music Ensemble, and the McGill Wind Orchestra. Smaller ensembles such as wind quintets, saxophone ensembles, and other chamber music groups complete a thorough ensemble program intended to prepare Performance Program students for professional careers. 

Faculty Program students enjoy the benefits of participation in large ensembles, study with the Woodwind Area faculty, and greater freedom in course selection intended to prepare them for careers in music in disciplines other than performance.

In addition to private lessons, studio classes, and guest artist master classes, woodwind students can enroll in orchestral repertoire classes. These provide the invaluable experience and knowledge of the symphonic repertoire that allow McGill graduates to consistently win major awards and scholarships as well as important auditions for the best orchestras in Canada, the USA, and abroad.

Our Programs

For all admissions information, see our Undergraduate Admissions and Graduate Admissions webpages.


Program overview and requirements:

Woodwind Area Faculty

Area Chair:
Jacqueline Leclair, Room C-412


Denis Bluteau, Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, Second Flute
Albert Brouwer​, Interim Associate Principal Flute with Orchestre symphonique de Montréal and Principal Flute with Orchestre symphonique de Drummondville
Carolyn Christie, former Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, Second Flute 
Heather Howes, , Principal Flute of Orchestre symphonique de Longueuil and Second Flute, Solo Piccolo with Orchestre symphonique de Trois-Rivières
Timothy Hutchins, Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, Principal Flute
Cindy Shuter, Former flutist with the National Ballet of Canada, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens and the André Gagnon Ensemble, among others

Theodore Baskin, Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, Principal Oboe
Jacqueline Leclair, international oboe soloist, chamber music artist, and pedagogue

Simon Aldrich, Orchestre Metropolitain, Solo Clarinetist
Todd Cope, Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, Principal Clarinet
Alain Desgagné, Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, Associate Clarinet
Michael Dumouchel, Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, Second Clarinet and Eb Clarinet
Jean-François Normand, Soloist and chamber musician

Stéphane Lévesque, Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, Principal Bassoon
Martin Mangrum, Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, Second Bassoon

Peter Freeman, Orchestral and studio musician, touring artist
Marie-Chantal Leclair, Founding member and Artistic Director of the Quasar Saxophone Quartet

Video: Alexis Hauser conducts the McGill Symphony Orchestra. Performed on December 4, 2013 at Pollack Hall (Schulich School of Music, McGill University).