The woodwind department is open to new ideas in response to an evolving music industry. As well as having the necessary instrumental skills, music professionals often also have to carve out their own careers. Regardless of their chosen path, they need to have a broad and varied repertoire and be able to switch between different style periods, from baroque to contemporary.
Solo performance, large and small chamber ensembles, sinfonietta and symphony orchestra projects give the students a breadth of experience. Individual tuition on their principal instruments is supplemented with classes, often with an accompanist, in which the students receive feedback from their peers and teachers. Wind groups rehearse key orchestral excerpts, including as preparation for orchestra auditions. The department collaborates with Oslo’s professional orchestras, and the students are able to apply for practice placements. Workshops with international instrument teachers and other experts, including Alexander technique practitioners, also play an important role.