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Winds Department

Winds Department - Core Philosophy

Woodwind Department Chair - Donald Zook
Wind Department Chair - Donald Zook

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.

Winds Department Faculty



Instrument Instruction

Private Lessons
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.

Woodwind Department - Class Offerings

Honors Ensembles

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

South Shore Conservatory Youth Orchestra (SSCYO)

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

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

Concerto Competition

Students compete. Click for details

Festival Audition Workshop

Winds Department Faculty

Gita Brown
Elizabeth England Trevor Kellum Robert Marlatt Andrew Moreschi
Peter Bianca
Gita Brown
Elizabeth England
Trevor Kellum
Robert Marlatt
french horn
Andrew Moreschi Trumpet
Grant Randall Julienne Thornell Janet Underhill John Vanderpool Asako Yoshida Donald Zook
Grant Randall
Julienne Thornell
Janet Underhill
John Vanderpool
Asako Yoshida
flute, Suzuki flute
Donald Zook
Co-Chair, Winds Dept./flute
      David Methven    

Tuition Assistance

Financial aid is available for those who can document financial need.
Financial Aid deadlines and application.