As an orchestral performer, Leonid Sirotkin is a member of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic and Des Moines Metro Opera. A native of St. Petersburg, Russia, for almost a decade he served as principal English horn with the Kirov Opera and Symphony Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theater under Maestro Valery Gergiev.
Woodwind professors teach all applied lessons and woodwind classes and direct woodwind ensembles. Woodwind faculty maintain active membership within the International Clarinet Society, National Flute Association, North American Saxophone Alliance, International Double Reed Society, International Association for Jazz Education, Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, and the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra. Additionally they are recitalists, studio artists, clinicians, and judges for state, regional, and national competitions.
There are a variety of opportunities for woodwind players. Students may elect to participate in large ensembles – DePauw University Orchestra, DePauw University Band, or DePauw Jazz Ensemble – through auditions held at the beginning of each semester. Additionally, a variety of woodwind chamber ensembles are offered each semester.
Master teachers are invited to campus to work with DePauw woodwind students in various instructional and performance settings. Recent clinicians include Charles Neidich (clarinet), Eugene Rousseau (saxophone), and Chicago-based Fifth House Ensemble.
There are opportunity for both international and domestic off-campus study. Locations recently selected include Vienna, Milan, Paris, London, Dresden, New York, Philadelphia, and Florence.
Degree Specific Courses
Symphonic Literature, Pedagogy, Junior & Senior Recital (required for B.M. students), Flute Choir, Woodwind Quintet, Saxophone Ensemble