The woodwind area is led by five dynamic artist faculty: flutist Eileen Grycky, oboist Lloyd Shorter, clarinetist Marianne Gythfeldt, saxophonist Todd Groves and bassoonist Jon Gaarder. The woodwind faculty represents a group of highly respected performers with affiliations in major orchestras and ensembles of the Northeast, including specialties in the area of baroque music, contemporary music, electronic music and jazz.
The woodwind area serves those pursuing a music major in flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone and bassoon, as well as music minors, merit and honors students.
Students are encouraged to become creative and technically skilled independent musicians in their weekly private study classes, and benefit from a close-knit community of support from all woodwind faculty. Collaborative activities include weekly repertoire classes and two Woodwind Solo Concerts per semester. The woodwind area is an essential part of the University of Delaware Department of Music ensembles, filling the core of the UD Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Orchestra, Opera pit orchestra and Marching Band.
NOTU5, UD's graduate woodwind quintet
The Del’Arte Wind Quintet, one of the Department of Music’s faculty ensembles, serves as a role model for all woodwind chamber music activities and acts as coach and mentor to the Graduate Woodwind Quintet program. The success of Del’Arte and Graduate Woodwind Quintet activities has spawned the creation of many undergraduate woodwind quintets, creating a vibrant chamber music scene. In addition, there is a Clarinet Ensemble and Flute Ensemble and a baroque ensemble: Collegium Musicum, offering even more opportunities to learn the repertoire of all ages. Woodwind students enjoy a rich ensemble experience at UD as members of the UD Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Fightin’ Blue Hen Marching Band, Jazz Ensemble I and II and other chamber ensembles. The guest artist concert series brings exciting performers to campus, offering additional musical inspiration to music students.
Click below to visit the Woodwinds Area faculty pages.
Jon Gaarder, bassoon
Eileen Grycky, flute
Todd Groves, saxophone
Marianne Gythfeldt, clarinet
Lloyd Shorter, oboe