adult flute ensemble

Winds Department

Donald Zook

Donald Zook, Winds Department Chair

Winds Department - Core Philosophy

Welcome to the Woodwind and Brass departments at SSC! By choosing to study a woodwind or brass instrument you and your child are joining a community of teachers, parents and students committed to the highest ideals in performing arts education. Whether you’re picking an instrument for fun or working on Districts, Semsba, All-State or college auditions, our extraordinary faculty will make sure you are well prepared. Instruction is offered at both our Hingham and Duxbury campuses. The Winds department offers many events. Duet night is a wonderful event that gives our students and faculty an opportunity to play duets together in concert. We also have Winds Day which brings us all together to practice and perform holiday music. In addition to studying their instrument of choice they are strongly encouraged to participate in chamber music ensembles with a vast array of traditional and contemporary literature. Our students also can participate in basic musicianship and theory classes, have a full orchestra experience with SSCYO youth symphony, as well as a chance to hear world-class faculty perform. In addition, students will have the opportunity to perform in weekly workshops and monthly recitals. SSC offers many outstanding summer programs including Flute Symphony, one of the largest congregation of flutists in the country and Summer Music Festival, one of the state’s most highly-regarded band programs.

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Private Instruction
Students may start lessons on flute, saxophone, clarinet, bassoon, oboe, trumpet, trombone, tuba or French horn as early as grade four or five. Students may begin Suzuki instruction on flute as early as age four. Private lessons are offered at 30 minute, 45 minute, and 60 minute lengths. Group instruction (for three or more students) is 60 minutes in length. Click here for complete pricing.

Winds Department - Class Offerings

Honors Ensembles
Advanced students in the Honors Woodwind, Brass, Percussion and Jazz/Rock Ensembles are chosen by audition

SSC Youth Orchestra
An auditioned, sequential youth orchestra program.

Repertory (intermediate full orchestra)
Symphony (advanced full orchestra)

Chamber Music
Chamber opportunities are available in strings, percussion, woodwind, brass, voice and mixed instruments with or without voice.

Royal Conservatory Music Development Program (RCMDP)

Winds Department Special Events

Brass/Winds Day
December 18, Hingham campus

Woodwind/Brass Competition
Woodwind and Brass students compete. Click for details

Concerto Competition
Students compete. Click for details

Festival Audition Workshop

Woodwind and Brass Duos
Friday, February 9, 2018, 7 pm, Hingham campus

Woodwind and Brass Student Duos
Students in recital
Sunday, April 15, 2 pm, Hingham