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College Workshops


Chamber Music Masterclasses & Coachings

Chamber music presents a unique challenge in that there is no single person directing the ensemble in artistic vision and alignment. The purpose of these masterclasses and coachings are to assist ensembles in discovering how to work together to present a cohesive musical idea that reflects the general and individual ideas by a group, as well as problem solving and rehearsing in a group setting. These techniques are invaluable to rehearsing in a timely manner and developing an ensemble's unique sound. 


Composition Reading Sessions

The Fountain Five Wind Quintet values encouraging emerging composers and performing new works. During this workshop, we'll visit composition or orchestration classes and read new works by student composers and provide constructive feedback. The compositions do not have to be limited to wind quintets, but can also include quartets, trios, duets, or solo works utilizing the instrumentation of the wind quintet. We will also demonstrate different textures and techniques from various wind quintet repertoire. 


Working in Harmony: Effective Chamber Music Rehearsal Techniques

Music, especially in a chamber setting, is all about teamwork and knowing not only how to play together, but also how to work and communicate with one another. As we have no music director, we have agency in regards to rehearsals. This lecture will discuss and demonstrate the rehearsal techniques we implement in our chamber group.


Let's Get Down to Business: Running a Chamber Music Ensemble

Rehearsing and performing are only one side of the coin when it comes to running a professional chamber ensemble - there are so many other administrative duties that are required to keep the ensemble functional and active. This seminar includes information on how we have tackled the business side of chamber music, including how we equally divide up responsibilities, schedule rehearsals and gigs, program repertoire, communicate with each other and our contractors, and more!


Preparing for Success in Competitions

There are many aspects that need to come together for a competition to be successful. This lecture will discuss how to rehearse for a competition and cover repertoire selection, how to search for and apply for funding, make travel arrangements, and what to do on the day of the competition.


Guide to Graduate School Applications

There are so many great graduate programs in the US - how is one supposed to know which one may be a good fit? This seminar discusses what students should look for in a graduate program and what kind of questions to ask of each university.


Individual Masterclases

Members of the Fountain Five Wind Quintet split into different classrooms to provide individualized instruction to students on their instruments.


Open Rehearsals

Observe the Fountain Five Wind Quintet in rehearsal of new repertoire.



This offering sets aside a dedicated time for students to ask the Fountain Five Wind Quintet about anything and everything related to career development, chamber music, community engagement, their professional and collegiate experience, and whatever else they might be curious about!


Additional Lecture Offerings by Instrument

Members of the Fountain Five Wind Quintet also offer the following workshops: 

  • La Traviata: A Flutist's Guide to Opera Fantasies with Brenna Wiinanen​​

  • Double Reed Workshop with Nic Kanipe and Josie Whiteis

  • There will be No More Meter: Metric Ambiguity and Dissolution in Messiaen's Quatuor pour la fin du temps with Connor Croasmun

  • The Contemporary Baroque Horn: A Pursuit for Authentic Performance with Tarre Nelson 

Please contact us for more details on these offerings!

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