Meredith College Music Department presents the First Annual
Woodwinds Boot Camp with Blue Mountain Forecast,  August 2-6, 2021!  


Wainwright Music Building, Meredith College

3800 Hillsborough St.

Raleigh, NC

Eligible Participants

  • Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn, Saxophone

  • Middle and High school sessions

  • Band directors: Woodwind methods brush-up sessions, Double Reed workshop, Q & A


Basic Schedule M-F

Middle School

9:00-12:30 Mornings: lessons, workshops, group masterclasses and ensembles

High School

1:30-5:00 Afternoons (HS):  lessons, workshops, rehearsals with pianist, and chamber ensembles



Feature activities:  faculty performances, masterclasses and open rehearsals, student performances and chamber groups, etc. Sample sessions:

  • Breathe: Just like you always do, but better!

  • Bucket Band

  • Making the most of opportunities: auditions, resources, youth orchestra, and All-District

  • Mock auditions

  • Faculty Quintet open rehearsal: Ensemble Skills and Sight Reading

  • History of the Wind Quintet with Christopher Caudell

  • Fundamentals: technique, listening, basic theory

  • Improv: baroque to jazz


Our outstanding faculty represent major Triangle ensembles and NC colleges, including our own Meredith College faculty. After our year with Covid, this is an excellent opportunity for students to work with experienced specialists on their instruments and to kick-start the new year with in-person masterclasses, ensembles, lessons and performances. These workshops will be a wonderful supplement to private lessons, or a starting point for focused practice and best habits. This year's teaching roster will include:

Carla Copeland-Burns, flute (Meredith College, Duke University, NC Opera)

Sandra Posch, oboe (NC Symphony)

Carrie Shull, oboe (Meredith College)

Melanie Wilsden, oboe (NC Symphony, NC State)

Harry Hassell, multiple woodwinds (Broadway, NYC and National Tours)

Kevin Streich, clarinet (Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle, NC Opera, and UNC-Pembroke)

Aaron Apaza, bassoon (NC Symphony)

Michael Burns, bassoon (UNCG, NC Opera)

Wenmin Zhang, bassoon (NC Symphony)

Christopher Caudill, horn (NC Symphony)

Rachel Niketopoulos, horn (NC Symphony, Duke University, UNC)

Timothy Dyess, horn (Meredith College)

Susan Fancher, saxophone (Duke University, Wake Forest University)

Mary Huntimer, saxophone (Meredith College)