The Woodwind Quintet is a standard, five-player woodwind ensemble featuring a flute, oboe, clarinet, horn, and bassoon. The quintet's repertoire includes classical, new, and pop music. Performances could include a Beethoven work or a movie selection from Pirates of the Caribbean. The quintet has also performed Malcolm Arnold's "Three Shanties," an arrangement of J. S. Bach's "'Little' Fugue in G Minor," and Scott Joplin's "Maple Leaf Rag."
The Woodwind Quintet benefits from the mentorship of its coach, Adjunct Professor of Music Donna Maher, but members also enjoy giving back to others. In addition to performing for AU functions, the ensemble regularly plays in churches and civic venues, as well as in local public schools, where members teach students about their instruments.
The Woodwind Quintet is comprised of the finest woodwind players within the South Carolina School of the Arts and Anderson University. Participation is competitive and based upon an audition. Participating students may be eligible for scholarships ranging from $500 to $2,000 per year, depending on the quality of their audition and the needs of the ensemble. The quintet typically rehearses two hours per week.