History and Activity
Established in 1945, the Department of Wind Instruments received the name of the Department of Wind and Percussion Instruments in 2012.
Over almost 70 years of the department’s activity, its teachers have trained many artists representing Lithuanian wind instrument culture at international competitions, festivals and concerts and working in Lithuanian and foreign ensembles.
The Department of Wind and Percussion Instruments trains soloists, chamber ensemble artists, orchestra soloists and artists, teachers of related subjects and, in cooperation with the Department of Conducting, directors of wind and jazz orchestras.
Admission to the wind and percussion instruments study programme is open to graduates of the departments of wind instruments of conservatoires, music gymnasiums and arts gymnasiums, or to individuals who have obtained training adequate to that of the above-mentioned schools. The professional abilities and readiness of applicants to study in the LMTA Wind and Percussion Instruments study programme are tested during the entrance examinations.
Professionals are trained in two stages: four-year bachelor’s studies and a two-year master’s programme. The master’s studies are open to bachelors in Wind and Percussion Instruments showing remarkable talent and having passed the entrance examinations. Graduates of the master’s studies acquire the specialisations of a soloist, orchestra soloist, chamber ensemble artist, teacher or director of a wind orchestra or bigband orchestra as well as develop their research skills. The graduates obtain a master’s degree in Music, which certifies their qualification as a professional performer.