Winds & Percussion

Collaboration is at the heart of the Wind & Percussion Instruments Department. The acclaimed faculty’s exceptional dedication and personal approach have created a fully-integrated environment where students thrive and performance opportunities abound. Students can participate in numerous ensembles across a variety of genres, and create new and boundless collaborations throughout both the School of Music, Theatre & Dance (SMTD) as well as the greater University. Whether interested in a traditional career trajectory, or forging new creative paths, students receive a dynamic education, assuring them of the intensive training they need to foster artistic growth and excellence.  

At Michigan, private study goes beyond a weekly appointment. Professors are accessible and involved mentors, deeply committed to their students’ growth as individuals as well as musicians. The faculty’s range of experience creates an incomparable in-house resource, while their commitment to teaching provides students with the  foundation and real-world guidance needed to flourish in today’s musical landscape.

Performance is an intrinsic part of professional training. Students participate in orchestras, bands, and chamber ensembles under the direction of eminent faculty and guest conductors. Innovation creates new performance opportunities and encourage collaboration across the School of Music, Theatre & Dance.

Michigan wind and percussion alumni can be found in every corner of the musical world–orchestras, bands, conservatories, recording studios, and ensembles of all kinds. The community of students, professors, and alumni creates a close-knit network that encourages experimentation and excellence. Whether they wish to immerse themselves in classical repertoire or explore contemporary innovations and new frontiers, Michigan students have the support and resources to follow their muse.

Wind and percussion students work in state-of-the-art facilities, including the Earl V. Moore Building, which recently received a $29.5 million expansion and renovation. All SMTD students receive unprecedented entrepreneurial and career planning support through the school’s EXCEL Department (Excellence in Entrepreneurship Career Empowerment & Leadership), poised to become the nation’s top program for funding student entrepreneurial ventures in the performing arts.

The University of Michigan is renowned for developing excellence. Combining the focus and rigor of a conservatory with the academic breadth and depth of a major public research university, an SMTD education is a transformative experience. Musicians receive a comprehensive program of instruction, performance and pedagogy, as well as the inspiration and knowledge of a liberal arts course of study, instilling the values of innovation and inclusion. Graduates excel as artists, scholars, educators, entrepreneurs, technologists, designers, and arts administrators, and also fully-engaged citizens eager to make a difference in their field and community.

No other school within the university…give[s] you such a sense of community or belonging. We are constantly interacting with each other, bettering each other as we better ourselves…that ‘relentless pursuit of excellence’ we all desire and strive to achieve.

Scott Copeland (BM '09, trumpet)



More Winds & Percussion events


CAROL JANTSCH (BM ’06, tuba) Principal Tuba, Philadelphia Orchestra

Here are just a few of our celebrated alumni:

Rachel Childers (née Parker) (MM ’06, BM ’03, horn) Second Horn, Boston Symphony Orchestra

Jelena Dirks (MM ’99, oboe) Principal Oboe, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra

Matt Ernst (BM ’04, trumpet) Principal Trumpet, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra

Ilan Morgenstern (MM ’07, trombone) Bass Trombone, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra

Prism Saxophone Quartet

Mark Romatz (MM ’78, BM ’77, bassoon) contrabassoon, Metropolitan Opera

Marie (Mimi) Tachouet (BM ’06, flute) Principal Flute, Lyric Opera of Chicago

Scott Verdiun (BM ’11, percussion) Percussionist/Assistant Timpanist, Seoul Philharmonic

Jack Walters (BM ’15, clarinet) 2nd Clarinet, Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Ways To Connect


734.764.0593 (SMTD Admissions)
734.763.5461 (Events Line)
734.764.2538 (SMTD/UMS Ticket Office)



Department of Winds & Percussion
Earl V. Moore Building
1100 Baits Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2075