Chair and Associate Professor; Director of Wind Studies

Matthew Westgate sitting with hands clasped.
Conductor Matthew Westgate “leads with a combination of expressivity and crispness” (San Francisco Chronicle). His performances are praised as “dramatic, incisive, and passionate” (Audiophile Audition) and full of “verve and swagger” (MusicWeb International).
Matthew Westgate sitting with hands clasped.

Professor, Oboe

Fredric Cohen playing oboe.
An active performer as well as teacher, Professor Cohen recently retired after 32 seasons as principal oboist with the Springfield Symphony Orchestra. He performs regularly with the Avanti Wind Quintet, a faculty chamber music ensemble in residence at the University, and is a recitalist and clinician. He has been the resident conductor and coordinator of orchestral activities at the University and is the conductor of the orchestra and head of the woodwind program at the Greenwood Music Camp.
Fredric Cohen playing oboe.

Associate Professor, Clarinet

Romie de Guise-Langlois with a clarinet.
Praised as “extraordinary” and “a formidable clarinetist” by The New York Times, Romie de Guise-Langlois has appeared as soloist and chamber musician on major concert stages throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Asia.
Romie de Guise-Langlois with a clarinet.

Associate Professor, Flute; Woodwinds Area Coordinator

Cobus du Toit holding a flute by a fence.
A strong advocate for the musical arts, Cobus is an avid soloist, chamber musician, and pedagogue who is on the faculty at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. As an international soloist and chamber musician, Cobus has performed with orchestras in Russia, South Africa, and the United States and on concert series in Taiwan, Japan, Germany, and France.
Cobus du Toit holding a flute by a fence.

Associate Professor, Saxophone

A headshot of Jonathan Hulting-Cohen with a saxophone in the corner.
Embracing the breadth of the classical saxophone from vaudeville to the vanguard, United States-based saxophonist Jonathan Hulting-Cohen’s rootedness in the classics and curiosity as a musician empower performances that are “adroit” (ModernJazz.gr), “impressive,” (Schenectady Daily Gazette), and “fun to watch” (Oregon Arts Watch).
A headshot of Jonathan Hulting-Cohen with a saxophone in the corner.

Assistant Professor, Bassoon

Remy Taghavi
Rémy Taghavi is a highly sought-after bassoonist based in the Northeast, and has performed, toured and recorded with numerous groups across North America, South America, and Asia. Praised for his “precise fingerwork…and impeccable breath support” (Washington Classical Review), Rémy has held the position of principal bassoon with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra since 2018 and has performed with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the Las Vegas Philharmonic, Orchestra New England (ONE), and the Cape and Princeton Symphonies, among others.
Remy Taghavi