Welcome to the William Paterson University Woodwinds - if you play flute, clarinet, saxophone, oboe, or bassoon, this is the place for you!
Our close proximity to New York City attracts world-class woodwind faculty. You will study privately with a faculty member who is on the cutting edge of the profession. Our faculty members perform throughout the NYC metropolitan area, and tour around the world with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, St. Luke’s Chamber Orchestra, New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Broadway shows, with groups such as Paul Simon and Todd Rundgren, and in many area chamber ensembles.
Our focus is on diverse and abundant performing opportunities. You will be involved with chamber ensembles, orchestra, wind ensemble and contemporary music ensembles. You can even form your own ensemble and receive faculty coaching. WPU ensembles regularly perform both on campus and off campus, presenting concerts in public schools, local churches, and on public concert series. You will be encouraged to explore diverse musical styles and genres. You will have opportunities to improvise, compose, and arrange for student ensembles.
I would love to hear from you. No question too small or large!
Please email me at this address:
I hope to hear from you soon,
Dr. Karen Demsey
Professor of Flute
Coordinator of Woodwinds
William Paterson University
*Karen Demsey - flute, Area Coordinator
Dr. Karen Demsey, M.M. Eastman School of Music, D.M.A. Rutgers University, is Professor of Flute and Music History at William Paterson University of New Jersey. She has published articles on flute pedagogy, and presents clinics and master classes nationally and internationally. She is currently doing research in the US and Europe for an upcoming book on innovative teaching inperformance pedagogy, and recently presented her research at the International Society for Music Education Conference in Thessaloniki, Greece. She recently performed as a soloist throughout China, and as a member of the International Flute Orchestra on tours of Spain, Belgium, the Netherlands, Croatia, Slovenia, and Turkey. Her CD, Recollections of the Inland Sea, internationally distributed on Capstone Records, features music for flute and marimba with Greg Giannascoli, including the premiere of a work commissioned for the duo. She has premiered numerous works nationally and internationally. She is a member of the Artists International Award-winning chamber group, UpTown Flutes, and is featured on their three CDs, with a fourth CD about to be released. UpTown Flutes’ third CD features world premieres of two pieces written for the ensemble by internationally known composer Peter Bacchus. The CD prompted composer Catherine McMichael to describe it as “Fabulous work. It casts a spell...rich, full, strong...fabulous texture, color, musicality; compelling playing!” UpTown Flutes’ Carnegie Hall debut was described in New York Concert Review as "organic... mesmerizing.... UpTown Flutes deserves major attention as they are top-notch and one of a kind."
Chris Cullen - clarinet
[bio coming soon]
Sarah Davol - oboe
Sarah Davol has performed on Broadway for Mary Poppins, Les Miserables, Fiddler on the Roof, Oklahoma, Jekyll & Hyde, Little Women, Bombay Dreams, and was solo oboist for LaChiusa's Bernarda Alba at Lincoln Center. She performs with orchestras and festivals from New York to Los Angeles including American Ballet Theater, American Classical Orchestra, Caramoor, Concert Royal, Handel & Haydn Society (Boston), Mostly Mozart, Tanglewood, Washington Bach Consort and more. She has performed concertos with Amor Artis, Concert Royal, Vox Ama Deus (Philadelphia) Los Angeles Baroque Orchestra, toured South America as soloist with Bachanalia, and her recording of Sunbin Kim'sAphorisms for solo oboe won a national ASCAP award. She directs Englewinds, a new music ensemble described as "cutting edge" by Lucid Culture. She may be heard on recordings on BMG, Centaur, Dorian, Harmonia Mundi, Helicon, Loft, Lyrachord, Music Masters, Newport Classics, Okenti, Smithsonian, Teldec, Titanic and Vox. Sarah Davol's website and Engle Winds website.
Robert Gray - bassoon
Bassoonist Robert D. Gray earned his bachelor’s degree in Music Education from the Boston Conservatory of Music and his Master’s degree in Music Education from William Paterson University. He has been a member of the adjunct faculty of William Paterson University for more than 30 years. Professor Gray presently teaches bassoon, bassoon ensemble and Woodwinds II, (Double Reed) methods. He studied bassoon with Gerald Marks of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra and Richard Plaster of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. He has also studied oboe with Dr. Richard Foley. He is the former Principal Bassoonist of the United States Coast Guard Band and has performed with the Wayne Chamber Orchestra, High Mountain Symphony, the New Jersey Philharmonic, The New Jersey Chamber Music Society, The Fantasia Woodwind Quintet, Adelphi Orchestra and the Bergen Philharmonic. He also teaches at the Jersey City Arts High School.
Marsha Heller - oboe
[bio coming soon]
Andrew Lamy - clarinet
Clarinetist Andrew Lamy has received consistent critical acclaim for his sweet, colorful tone, liquid phrasing, immaculate technique, and his energetic performance style. Mr. Lamy has performed live national and international broadcasts with the Metropolitan Opera and the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, is a founding member of the Halcyon Trio, and has collaborated with the Artis Quartet of Vienna, the Getty Center, the Lincoln Center Festival, the Mixed-Flock Orchestra Project, and the Mad Coyote Ensemble. His solo engagements include concerti with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, the Haddonfield Symphony Orchestra, the North Shore Philharmonic, and the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Lamy has also performed with the New York Philharmonic, the American Symphony Orchestra, American Ballet Theater, the Concordia Orchestra, and the Royal Opera of London. Mr. Lamy has appeared as a guest teacher at The Juilliard School, USC, CSU Northridge, Occidental College, Rutgers University, University of Tennessee, University of Maine, Bard College, and the Cal Arts Institute. Students of Mr. Lamy have gone on to attain professional positions in the Milwaukee Symphony, The Pacific Symphony, and the Santa Fe Opera.
Erl Nordstrom - woodwind methods
[bio coming soon]
James Noyes - saxophone
James Noyes has appeared with the Long Island Philharmonic, Juilliard Symphony Orchestra, American Brass Quintet, Disney's All-American College Orchestra, SURGE Saxophone Quartet, New York Arts Ensemble, Safe Sax Jazz Quintet, the Blue Hornet Band, and the Doobie Brothers with Michael McDonald. Composers who have written for Noyes include Steve Cohen, Jan Feddersen, Eric Nathan, and Michael Patterson. A saxophone historian, composer of Equinox Liturgy, and authority on Claude Debussy, Dr Noyes serves on the faculties of William Paterson University, Manhattan School of Music Precollege Division (former Theory Department Chair), and is Artistic Director of Music at Our Savior's Atonement (MOSA).
Timothy Ruedeman - saxophone
Timothy Ruedeman, saxophonist, performs actively as a soloist, orchestral and chamber musician and is a member of the New Hudson Saxophone Quartet and Flexible Music. Highlights of recent and upcoming seasons include engagements at the Lincoln Center Festival, Miller Theatre, Avery Fisher Hall, Tilles Center, and solo appearances with the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra and Hanover Wind Symphony. Mr. Ruedeman has given the premieres of over fifty new works for saxophone, and has appeared with the Long Island Philharmonic, Charleston Symphony, Philharmonia Virtuosi, Absolute Ensemble, Merce Cunningham Dance Company, and the S.E.M. Ensemble. His recordings include the Naxos, Helicon, Allegro Records and Centaur labels. Mr. Ruedeman is currently on faculty at William Paterson University, NYU, and Long Island University. He holds a B.M. from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and a Masters degree from NYU where he is the recipient of the Founders Fellowship for Doctoral Studies and is currently completing his Ph.D.