woodwind program collage

Woodwinds- NJCU offers outstanding training on clarinet, flute, oboe, saxophone, and bassoon. Students receive thorough preparation for future careers as well-rounded soloists, chamber musicians, ensemble members, and inspiring teachers.

NJCU not only offers one of the finest woodwind and multiple woodwind faculties in the tri-state area, but also has wonderful scholarship opportunities for students who are both outstanding musicians and academic students. We are happy to offer free trial lessons with our faculty members, a private consultation and tour of our facilities, and a review of all of the exciting opportunities we have to offer!

Multiple Woodwinds- Over the past twenty years, the Multiple Woodwind program has grown into one of the most respected and renowned woodwind intensive degrees in the United States. Founded in the 1990s, the program has had tremendous success, with alumni gaining employment as full-time performers, teachers and touring musicians. The Multiple Woodwind faculty represent some of NYC's most in-demand performers. 

NJCU students work with numerous guest clinicians each academic semester. Graduate assistantships are available and awarded based on the needs of the music department and availability through the university

If you are thinking about majoring in music education, performance, or business, please contact us!


BA Music Performance/ BM Music Education
Please prepare two contrasting etudes and a solo piece of your choice.

MM Multiple Woodwinds
You will be auditioning on your primary instrument and two secondary instruments. On your primary instrument please prepare a solo of your choice. On two secondary instruments prepare a solo or etude that best represents your abilities. Both jazz and classical styles may be included.

MM Classical Performance
Please prepare two contrasting etudes showing your level of technicality and musical ability; a complete concerto from the standard repertoire; At least three contrasting orchestral excerpts


Dr. Joseph d'Auguste - Area Coordinator of the Woodwind and Multiple Woodwind Studies

Joseph d'Auguste has "consistently stood out" (New York Times) for displaying his "great virtuosity" (Columbia Spectator) in his roles as a performer, teacher, clinician, and artistic director. Constantly in demand throughout the tri-state area, the "richly equipped clarinetist" (Staten Island Advance) maintains a busy schedule due to his great versatility.

d'Auguste is one of the most in demand clarinet teachers in New Jersey; his students consistently receive top rankings in competitions, as well as regional, all-state, all-eastern and national festivals. Many of his students go on to pursue music in college, attending some of the most prestigious music schools in the country. As a clinician, d'Auguste regularly works with elementary- high school level woodwind students throughout New York and New Jersey.

d'Auguste currently serves as the Coordinator of Woodwind studies at New Jersey City University. Please visit NJCU Woodwind and Brass for news and updates!

Andrea Herr, bassoon, chamber music

Bassoonist Andrea Herr's orchestral engagements have included performances with the Little Orchestra Society, New York City Opera, the New Jersey Symphony and the American Symphony. Professor Herr held Principal Bassoon positions in Spain with the Orquesta Sinfonica de Galicia and Opera Teatro Galicia. Noted performances include the American Premiere of Prima Dona by Rufus Wainwright and Premieres of new chamber music works by Lalo Schifrin, Joan Tower and Keith Jarrett. Additionally, Ms. Herr has played for many New York Broadway productions, the Lincoln Center Festival, Paris Opera Ballet, Bach Aria Festival and the Bronx Arts Ensemble. Recently, she traveled to India with members of the Metropolitan Opera to perform with Music for Life International. She has recorded for PBS Television, Radio Nacional Espana, Pantheon Records and for numerous television and radio commercials. Herr received her Bachelor of Music from the New England Conservatory, Master of Music from Manhattan School of Music and Professional Studies at the Juilliard School. Professor of Bassoon at Kean University since 2003, Ms. Herr has also taught and given master classes at Drew University, William Paterson University, New Jersey City University and Juilliard Pre-College.

Alicia "Lish" Lindsey, flute, chamber music, Chamber Flute Ensemble director

Alicia "Lish" Lindsey is a classically trained flutist living in the heart of New York City.

Lish was born in South Korea and grew up in New Jersey, 15 minutes outside of Philadelphia, PA where jimmies and sprinkles are considered two different confectionery toppings.

As a freelance musician, she has enjoyed performing with some of the most engaging and vibrant musicians in the United States as well as in Japan, China, Italy, and England.

Lish can be found performing with the Capital Philharmonic Orchestra (piccolo), Eastern Wind Symphony (principal flute, former principal piccoloist), Sinfonietta Nova (piccolo), Pennsylvania Philharmonic (principal flute), Fresh Squeezed Opera Company (core company resident flutist), One World Symphony (alto/bass flute), Rittenhouse Orchestra, and Badger.Mantis, a flute/clarinet duo with her husband, Todd Groves.

Tours include Josh Groban: Stages Tour (with Sarah McLachlan and Foy Vance) and On Stage Tour (with Lena Hall), Il Volo (Gianluca Ginoble, Piero Barone, Ignazio Boschetto) Grande Amore Concert Tour and Notte Magica Tour (March 2017), Rocktopia Live (with Rob Evans, Tony Vincent, Chloe Lowery), Strauss Symphony of America (piccolo), Jerry Garcia Symphonic Celebration with Warren Haynes, and Video Games Live Tour.

She was also a substitute flutist for the Broadway musical, Finding Neverland (starring Matthew Morrison, Alfie Boe, Tony Yazbeck, Laura Michelle Kelly, Kelsey Grammar, Kevin Kern, Paul Slade Smith) in NYC.

Adjunct teaching appointments include Wilkes University, New Jersey City University, and Mercer County Community College.

Lish will return to teach in Italy (Tuscany) for her second season with Summer Music in Tuscany in July 2017. The application to study and perform in beautiful Sarteano is now available. There are currently openings for flutists who would like to perform chamber music and enjoy Italian living!

Leslie Godfrey, chamber music

Hailed as an extraordinarily fine oboist and performer and a patient and nurturing teacher,‚Äù Leslie Godfrey holds faculty positions at both New Jersey City University and Essex County College, where she teaches oboe lessons, chamber music, and music history classes. She has performed in China, as well as several countries in Europe, and has given numerous American premieres of pieces by British composers. Over the last decade, she has begun to explore the world of electronic and contemporary music, and has performed works for oboe and CD, as well as improvisatory works for oboe and delay system. She is an active freelance musician in the tri-state area, and has been the principal oboist of Boheme Opera NJ since 2010. Leslie can often be heard playing oboe in opera orchestras, chamber ensembles, and solo recitals.

Leslie is also the director of New Horizons Music of Woodbridge, where she teaches group lessons for adults, presents masterclasses, and conducts the New Horizons Band of Woodbridge. She is the founder of ECOrhythms, an environmentally-friendly drum circle program, and she develops and organizes drumming and music programs for community events. As a side project, Leslie writes children's songs and is the singer and ukulele player in the duo Happy Beard and Little Bit.

Arthur Sato, oboe, english horn, chamber music

Oboist and English Hornist Arthur Sato enjoys a diverse musical career based in New York City. He has performed with an array of dynamic ensembles including Orchestra of St. Luke’s, New Jersey Symphony, Knights Chamber Orchestra, San Diego Symphony, Malaysian Philharmonic, Mark Morris Dance Group, American Ballet Theater, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, NOVUS NY, and Decoda. An enthusiastic proponent of contemporary music, he regularly appears with Talea Ensemble, International Contemporary Ensemble, Nunc, Argento Chamber Ensemble, and The Wordless Music Orchestra. Arthur has collaborated with recording artists Joshua Bell, Idina Menzel, Herbie Hancock, Richard Reed Parry, Alicia Keys, Josh Groban, Lenny Kravitz, Sufjan Stevens, Arijit Singh and has appeared on ABC's Good Morning America, NPR's Performance Today, and PBS's Live from Lincoln Center. He has recorded for Deutche Grammophone, Nonesuch, Asthmatic Kitty, and NAXOS record labels and can be heard on Amazon Prime’s “Mozart in the Jungle” Season Three Soundtrack. Arthur is an alumnus of Carnegie Hall and The Juilliard School’s Ensemble Connect (formerly ACJW) and has appeared as featured soloist with Brooklyn Philharmonic, as well as the New York Symphonic Ensemble on their annual Japan tour. Summer festival appearances include Festspiel Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Chelsea, Monadnock, Astoria, and Aspen Music Festivals. Arthur is on faculty of New Jersey City University, The Calhoun School (NYC) and has taught for The Juilliard School’s Music Advancement Program, Juilliard Global Ventures, Decoda-Skidmore Chamber Music Institute, Columbia University, and The Brooklyn-Queens Conservatory. He holds a BM from Indiana University with studies under Linda Strommen, and a MM from The Juilliard School under the tutelage of
John Mack and Elaine Douvas.


*Vito Chiavuzzo, Woodwinds and Chamber Music

Originally from New Jersey, Vito Chiavuzzo received his undergraduate degree in jazz studies and performance from William Paterson University, and went on to attain his Master of Music degree from Manhattan School of Music. Vito is becoming increasingly active in the New York jazz scene, where he has performed in such venues as The Jazz Standard, Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, Jazz at Lincoln Center, BB King's, and the Apollo Theater; he has also performed at international jazz festivals and has been a member of the internationally acclaimed Find Blues Band for eight years. In addition to frequent performances as a member of jazz groups around New York City, Vito has also performed with soul legends Aretha Franklin and Gladys Knight.

Vito has performed with many renowned jazz artists; they include Slide Hampton, Donny McCaslin, Maria Schneider, Christian McBride, Michael Mossman, Joe Magnarelli, Dave Stryker, the New York Voices, Frank Wess, Bob Mintzer, and many others. While attending the Henry Mancini Institute, Vito participated in a Grammy-nominated recording featuring clarinet virtuoso Eddie Daniels and saxophonist Tom Scott.

Vito is on faculty at both New Jersey City University and Manhattan School of Music Pre-College Division.

*Todd Groves, Woodwinds and Chamber Music

As a NYC commercial musician, Todd Groves has been a member of the Broadway pit orchestras for Aladdin, Motown the Musical, Nice Work If You Can Get It, Follies, Catch Me If You Can, Women On the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Ragtime, White Christmas, Sunday in the Park with George and Grey Gardens. Todd has been in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular orchestra since 2009, and other NY performances include: On Your Toes, Little Me, Damn Yankees, The Wiz, Anyone Can Whistle, Merrily We Roll Along and Fiorello at City Center; Happiness at Lincoln Center; Yank!; Edward Scissorhands and Play Without Words at BAM; See What I Wanna See at Public Theater, Mother Courage and Her Children for Shakespeare in the Park, and Broadway on Broadway live in Times Square.

Todd can be heard on the Broadway cast recordings for the above shows, has appeared or been heard on the Late Show with David Letterman, the Tony Awards, the Emmy Awards, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, and at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando. Other recordings include R Kelly, Boyz II Men, Lucky Stiff (film), The Snow Geese (incidental music), Victoria Clark, Philip Chaffin, Carols for a Cure, Duo with Rob Brosh, Kayle Brecher, Jane Norman, MTI Junior, Lars Halle, Joshua Kobak, Minas, Marlon Spike, NJSQ, Eric Kearns, Raw Deal, NFL Films, and many independent films. He has appeared as guest soloist with The Wind Symphony of Southern New Jersey, the Philharmonic of Southern New Jersey, and the University of the Arts Big Band.

*Guiseppe Fusco, Woodwinds and Chamber Music

Giuseppe Fusco began his clarinet studies at the age of nine, with the full support of his parents; they provided weekly private lessons that were essential to his development of fundamental music skills. These early lessons formed an important impression on him, and now form the basis of his philosophy of music education. Giuseppe received his bachelor's degree in music education from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. It was during his time at Rutgers that he also developed an appreciation for vocal music, particularly Italian opera. He earned his master's degree in multiple woodwind performance from New Jersey City University under the tutelage of Dr. Edward Joffe. After completing this intense two-year program of study, Giuseppe began working as a freelance musician. His engagements included classical performances, jazz ensembles, theater orchestras, blues bands, and everything in between. Currently, he continues to perform with various ensembles, as well as in recitals of his own.

*Dave Noland, Woodwinds and Chamber Music

Dave Noland is a freelance saxophonist, woodwind specialist, and music educator. Dave currently maintains an active career as a performer and educator within the versatile music scene of New York City. As a saxophonist, he has performed with various jazz and classical ensembles including the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks, New Jersey Symphony, Long Island Philharmonic, Brooklyn Philharmonic, and the New York Philharmonic. He has also performed with various acts including Michael Feinstein, Chita Rivera, and Patti Lupone. Dave has also led his own ensembles and has been featured as a soloist at various jazz festivals, including the New Jersey Jazz Festival and the San Angelo Cactus Jazz Series.

As a multiple woodwind player, Dave has been a member of many Broadway orchestras. His Broadway credits include Come Fly Away, Follies, Leap of Faith, Annie, If/Then, and Gigi. In 2010, Dave was a featured soloist and assistant conductor with TwylaTharpe's Come Fly Away.

*Multiple Woodwind Faculty

Patrick J. Burns, Symphony of Winds and Percussion, Director

Patrick J. Burns (b. 1969) has served as Adjunct Professor of Music at Montclair State University in New Jersey since 1994, where he teaches courses in music theory, orchestration, and composition, and has also taught instrumental music in the Caldwell-West Caldwell Public Schools since 1998. As a clarinetist, Mr. Burns has performed with many professional ensembles in the New York metro area including the Metropolitan Opera Summer Ballet Orchestra, the pit orchestra for the Broadway revival production of Camelot starring Robert Goulet, and with the New Jersey Chamber Music Society in broadcasts for National Public Radio and New Jersey Network Television. In September 2011, Mr. Burns began his tenure as Director of the Symphony of Winds and Percussion at New Jersey City University. More recently, he has signed on with Ackk Studios as orchestrator/composer/conductor for the company's video game projects being produced for the Nintendo and Sony Corporations.

In 1986, at the age of seventeen, Mr. Burns founded the Bloomfield Youth Band, a community wind ensemble of some 55 secondary school and collegiate musicians which he continues to direct today. The Youth Band has been recognized for its outstanding artistic achievements and service to the community by the United States Congress, the New Jersey Legislature and the Mayor and Town Council of Bloomfield. His compositions for symphonic band are performed by bands of every level throughout the country. The United States Army Band, ‚"Pershing's Own" has performed his music in Washington, D.C. and at Carnegie Hall. His music has also been performed by conservatory and military bands in Sweden, Russia, Japan and China. Mr. Burns is former director of the Montclair State University Youth Orchestra and the Imperial Brass. He has been featured as guest conductor and clinician with public school, community, university, region and all-state bands in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and Ohio and has recorded albums and concertized with world-renowned brass artists Philip Smith, Warren Vach√©, Roger Webster and Chris Jaudes.

Patrick Burns' music for symphonic band is published by G. Schirmer, Daehn Publications, Grand Mesa Music Publishers, FJH Music, Wingert-Jones Music, and TRN Music Publisher. His music has appeared on Bandworld magazine's Top 100 list of band compositions five times. The Instrumentalist and School Music News have printed numerous favorable reviews of Mr. Burns' band music and The Classical New Jersey Society Journal has praised his chamber music. His music for symphonic band has been performed at The Midwest Clinic in Chicago and has been recorded for the educational series Distinguished Music for the Developing Band. He has received commissions from many organizations including the Goldman Band/Harvey Phillips Foundation, Ohio Northern University, the Bel Air (Maryland) Community Band, the SoundTree Corporation and Westlake Village High School Wind Ensemble (California) for the band's performance at Carnegie Hall.

From 2003-2010, Mr. Burns served as president of the Bloomfield Federation of Music and in March 2010, he founded his own publishing company, Bandworks Publications.

His music can be heard on his website www.bandworkspublications.com and on his YouTube channel.

Mark Thrasher- Bio coming soon!

Richard Heckman- Bio Coming soon!


Dr. Joseph d'Auguste, Coordinator of Woodwind Studies