Degrees Offered

  • Bachelor of Music (BM) in performance
  • Bachelor of Music (BM) in performance and education (double concentration)
  • Master of Music (MM) in performance
  • Artist Diploma (AD) in performance
  • Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) in performance

Instruments Taught

  • Bassoon
  • Clarinet
  • Flute
  • Oboe
  • Saxophone (alto, baritone and tenor)


The Mason Gross woodwind program offers undergraduate and graduate degrees, providing a rich curriculum of courses spanning performance practice, private instruction, practical research, and hands-on training. Classes are small, and performance opportunities are abundant. The woodwind program supplies students with a firm foundation for a career in music, whether the goal is to perform, teach, or prepare for further study.


Students receive a weekly 60-minute lesson with their major performance teacher. Participation in recitals and ensembles is an essential aspect of the program. Theory courses emphasize aural skills, analytical techniques, and the writing of tonal harmony and counterpoint. The music-history curriculum includes a rigorous examination of world music, Western tradition, and a variety of special study courses.


The woodwind faculty boasts members of the New York Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, New York City Opera, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, and the Philadelphia Orchestra.

Head of Woodwinds: Maureen Hurd
Saxophone: Ralph Bowen (jazz), Paul Cohen, Mark Gross (jazz), and Gary Smulyan (jazz)

Performance Opportunities

Ensemble participation is a fundamental part of your education in the woodwind program at Mason Gross. In addition to an annual concerto competition, students have ample opportunity to perform in over 300 performances each year with large ensembles, chamber groups, master classes, and solo recitals. Large ensembles include the Rutgers Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Symphony Band, Sinfonia, HELIX! (New Music Ensemble) and The Rutgers Marching Scarlet Knights.