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Welcome to the Woodwind Performance Institute

The Woodwind Performance Institute (WPI) is a five-day program presented each summer for students in grades 6 through 12. All activities are held on the historic UD main campus, and instruction is provided by Department of Music faculty, along with professional guest artists from Dayton-area organizations including the Dayton Philharmonic and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, among others.

The Woodwind Performance Institute will return in 2024.

The Woodwind Performance Institute offers a curriculum that is perfect for young wind players seeking to prepare for college auditions or for those who simply love to perform and wish to learn more. WPI sessions and events are geared toward both learning and fun. WPI participants enjoy these activities in a college setting, utilizing several facilities throughout campus. Below are just some typical institute activities.

Workshop Topics:
  • Singing for Instrumentalists
  • History of Woodwinds
  • Instrument Maintenance
  • Managing Performance Anxiety
  • Movement
  • Mixed Woodwind Ensembles
  • Learning the art of practicing and auditioning
  • Audition Excerpts
  • Daily individual lessons on your instrument
  • Master classes held by UD faculty and guest artists from the Dayton Philharmonic
  • A culminating Gala Recital, free and open to friends and family
Typical Extracurricular Activities:
  • Daily morning yoga & warm-up sessions
  • Chaperoned dinners at local restaurants
  • Dinner, bowling and pool in The Hangar (on campus)
  • Faculty recital
  • Visits to UD's state-of-the-art Rec Plex facility
  • Movie night 


Department of Music

Fitz Hall
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 2946