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Woodwind Chamber Music Day

For Flute, Oboe and Bassoon

Woodwind players of all ages and abilities are invited to join us for a day focused on all-state preparation, performance skills, and chamber music at the University of South Carolina, led by oboe professor Hassan Anderson, bassoon professor Michael Harley and flute professor Jennifer Parker-Harley.  Attendees will experience a full day of topical classes, master classes, 1:1 sessions, and chamber trios for flutists, oboists, and bassoonists, and are welcome to play a mock all-state audition. 

Woodwind Chamber Day – Saturday, November 16, 2024

9 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  at the USC School of Music (813 Assembly St., Columbia, SC)

Scroll down for a detailed Schedule of Events.

Activities and classes for beginning, intermediate and advanced players connect young woodwind students from across the state and region and ensure a day full of great learning, listening, and playing experiences. This workshop is hosted by USC faculty and members of the flute, oboe and bassoon studios. Lunch is provided.

Example of day's activities include:

  • A short recital by professors Anderson, Harley and Parker-Harley
  • Masterclasses focused on the 2024-25 all-state etudes for senior- and clinic-level flutists, oboists and bassoonists of all levels; fundamentals class for juniors.
  • Mock auditions (participation optional)
  • One-to-one lessons with USC faculty and students per request
  • An informative presentation led by a member of the USC School of Music’s admissions team. This event is especially for high school students considering majoring or participating in music in college and their parents
  • Age-appropriate woodwind chamber group reading and rehearsal sessions, led by USC faculty and students
  • Vendors with accessories, music and instruments for sale
  • Free instrument repair
  • Contrabassoon “petting zoo”
  • Coffee, pizza lunch and snacks provided!


Cost, Registration and Check-In

A $40 pre-registration fee (non-refundable), paid online and in advance, covers all activities and lunch. Walk-up registration on day of event is $45. Parents may attend for free.

Middle and high school students who elect to play a mock audition should arrive between 8-9 a.m. to check in and receive an audition time. Others may arrive later, though the day’s first official event, the faculty recital, will start at 9 a.m.

Pre-registration is highly recommended for those interested in playing a mock audition, performing in a masterclass or receiving a one-to-one lesson. While we will accommodate as many as possible, walk-in registrants may not be guaranteed a spot in these events.

Online Registration 

Click to register. Also, all participants are required to fill out an online Waiver of Liability for Minor Participants.  


The School of Music building is located at 813 Assembly Street, Columbia, S.C. 29208. Directions to USC and parking information.

For more information:

Hassan Anderson,  Michael Harley or Jennifer Parker-Harley 

Vendors and Sponsors

Featured vendors bringing numerous instruments, music, reeds and accessories for trial and sale include: Midwest Musical Imports (coming all the way from Minneapolis, MN!), KassandraBassoon (Greenville, SC) and  Flutistry (Tampa, FL). Dalton Rooks from Pecknel Music (Greenville, SC) will be available throughout the day for free instrument repair and consultation. 

Schedule of Events:

Time Activity Location
8:00 a.m.
Registration Opens School of Music Lobby
8:30 a.m.
Exhibits Open Room 016 (basement)
9:00 a.m.

Faculty Recital
Hassan Anderson, Jennifer Parker-Harley and Michael Harley

Recital Hall (206)
9:30 a.m.
Announcements Recital Hall
9:35 a.m.

Jazz Girls Day Presentation/performance by Dr. Colleen Clark

Recital Hall

10:00 a.m.
Drum Circle with Dr. Wendy Valerio Recital Hall
10:00 a.m.
Mock Auditions

Flutes - Room 213-215
Bassoons - Room 040
Oboes - Room 201

10:30 a.m.
Admissions Presentation
Senior participants learn about USC from Admissions Staff

Room 232

11:30 a.m.

Junior Fundamentals Class

Flutes - Room 022
Bassoons - Room 220
Oboes - Room 232
11:30 a.m.
Senior and Clinic (High School) Etude Classes

Flute Senior Etude Class - Room 006
Flute Clinic Etude Class - Room 040
Bassoon Sr/Clinic Etude Class - Room 206
Oboe Sr/Clinic Etude Class - Room 201

12:30 p.m.
Lunch (including Contrabassoon Petting Zoo, vendors) Room 006 
1:30 p.m.
Meet the Professors
Drop-in to speak with Dr. Parker-Harley, flute;
Prof. Anderson, oboe, and Dr. Harley, flute

Flutes - Room 040
Oboes - Room 213
Bassoons - Room 201

2:00 p.m.
Chamber Music Reading Rooms TBD
4:15 p.m.
Closing Play-Along (All Participants) Recital Hall (Exhibits Close)
5:00 p.m.
Group Photo/Receive Gift Bags Recital Hall

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