2019 Fort Lewis College Woodwind Day Saturday, April 13
Location: Jones Hall, Fort Lewis College, 1000 Rim Drive, Durango CO 81301

Check in-time: 1pm
Classes start: 1:30pm
Price: Free
Age: All
Questions: Contact Khara Wolf at klwolf@fortlewis.edu

Join the Fort Lewis College music department for the 2019 Woodwind Day on April 13, 2019. The event will feature master classes, a reed making class, and chamber music reading sessions followed by a short student showcase and faculty recital.

Pre-registration is required to participate in the master classes or small ensembles, but is not required to audit the event. If you’d like to participate in a master class or ensemble, please pre-register by Monday April 8, 2019.

Preliminary Schedule HERE

Mark Walters, Clarinet/Saxophone
Khara Wolf, Oboe
Daniel Nester, Bassoon
Kathryn Shaffer, Flute

Mark Walters, Clarinet/Saxophone


Dr. Mark A. Walters has served as Director of Bands at Fort Lewis College since 1996. His Duties at FLC also include teaching applied woodwinds, music education, and music appreciation.  In addition, Dr. Walters performs regularly as part of the faculty chamber series and serves as a clarinetist with the San Juan Symphony.

A native of Arkansas, Dr. Walters earned BME and MM degrees from Henderson State University and University of Central Arkansas. As a high school instrumental music director, Dr. Walters received the Stanbury Award for outstanding young directors

Dr. Walters received his DMA from Arizona State University in 1997.  During his tenure at Arizona State, he was invited to participate as a member of the Preparing Future Faculty program sponsored by the Pew Charitable Trust. As a grant recipient, he was able to pursue additional graduate study with Frederick Fennell in Tokyo, Japan.  Dr. Walters’ dissertation research focused on analysis of the music of Ralph Vaughan Williams, and culminated with a recording and reediting of Toccata Marziale based upon a critical examination of metric displacement.

Dr. Walters is an active member of the Colorado Music Educators Association Board of Directors and was chosen as president-elect for this organization in 2018. Dr. Walters is in demand as as guest clinician and adjudicator for festival contests and guest conducts honor bands throughout the southwest region.

Kathryn Shaffer, Flute


Kathryn Shaffer, a native of San José, California, holds a Bachelor of Music degree from California State University-San José where she studied with French flutist Isabelle Chapuis. She earned her Master’s degree in Flute Performance from Longy School of Music (Cambridge, MA) where she studied with Robert Willoughby. Other former instructors include Maria Tamburrino and flutist/composer John Heiss of New England Conservatory, with whom she studied extended techniques.

Currently in her 12th season as flutist with the San Juan Symphony, she has also performed with the Music in the Mountains Festival Orchestra, West Valley Symphony, and traveled with the Continental Orchestra throughout the United States and Europe. She is actively involved with the Durango Chamber Music Festival and the Durango Bach Festival each year. She collaborates with her twin sister and pianist Kristen Chen, performing chamber music regularly in California and presently in the Four Corners.

Currently Instructor of Flute at Fort Lewis College, Kathryn has been a private flute instructor since 1987 and is a certified Suzuki flute instructor. In addition to her teaching, she has also served as an adjudicator and been active as a conductor for flute choirs, children’s chorales, and wind ensemble.

In addition to teaching and performing, she maintains an active family life with her husband of 22 years, Brian, and with homeschooling their four children: cellist Aidan (17), violinist Daniel (15), pianist Taia (12), and cellist Johanna (8).


Khara Wolf, Oboe


Khara Wolf fell in love with music when she was first inspired by the magic of live performance and the power of music education. As an avid performer, she plays oboe with the San Juan Symphony and performs with the Better Knot Ensembles, a Neo-Celtic ensemble that she co-founded in 2014. In addition to being a guest artist with the Durango Celtic Festival, current projects also include working with 1700 and 1800 century instruments and bringing the modern oboe and English horn into Celtic music as a traditional instrument. In 2018, she joined the International Double Reed Society as their Digital Marketing & Communications Coordinator.

Khara graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a Bachelor of Music in Oboe Performance where she studied with Peter Cooper. Additional oboe instructors with whom she has studied include Martin Schuring, Barbara LaFitte, James Brody, and Ciara Glasheen-Artem.

As the Adjunct Professor of Double Reeds at Fort Lewis College, she is an instructor on oboe, bassoon, and woodwind ensembles. Khara runs reed making classes and currently holds a private teaching studio in the Four Corners where she teaches oboe, bassoon, and flute. With almost two decades of professional reed making, Khara specializes in handmade oboe and English horn reeds suitable for high altitude and reed adjusting for difficult elevations and dry climate.


Daniel Nester, Bassoon
good Daniel started playing the bassoon in Israel at the age of 13. He completed his Bachelor’s degree at the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music at the Tel Aviv University (Israel), where he performed regularly under the baton of great conductors such as Zubin Mehta. Upon completion of his Master’s degree at the University of Southern California, Daniel won the position of principal bassoon with the Israel Chamber Orchestra where he played for 3 seasons, toured internationally, and recorded commercial CD’s. It was during this time that Daniel realized that he is interested in pursuing a career as university professor. Daniel came to Colorado in 2014 to study for a doctoral degree in bassoon performance and pedagogy at the University of Colorado Boulder, graduating in 2018. During his time in Colorado, Daniel has performed regularly with the Arapahoe Philharmonic, the Steamboat Symphony, and the Grand Junction Symphony, as well as other local ensembles, has played as a soloist with various orchestras and bands, and has been teaching at high schools and universities in the Colorado area. Daniel has written, composed, and published music and articles for the bassoon, and is a great believer in collaboration in bassoon pedagogy. His most recent publication, titled “All For One and One For All: a Collaborative Studio Setting for Bassoon” is available in issue 41.4 of the Double Reed - the journal of the International Double Reed Society.

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2019 Audition Dates:

  • February 9, 2019
  • March 16, 2019