Texas Tech University

Woodwind Area

Our nationally and internationally recognized faculty, all of whom are full-time tenure-track artist/teachers, mentor a diverse student body in a professional atmosphere with progressive curricula that stimulate the highest standards of excellence in music education, research, performance, creativity, and service

woodwind faculty

Faculty Name Area
Amy Anderson Oboe
David Dees Saxophone
Lisa Garner Santa Flute
Richard Meek Bassoon
David Shea Clarinet (Woodwind Area Chair)
Kim Walker Bassoon
The Mariah Winds

The Mariah Winds is the faculty woodwind quintet of Texas Tech University. Members include Lisa Garner Santa (flute), Amy Anderson (oboe), Richard Meek (bassoon), David Shea (clarinet) and Christopher Smith (horn). The group's name was taken from the famous song "They Call the Wind Mariah*" from "Paint Your Wagon," to recognize the prevalent winds of the South Plains and our Southwest heritage. Formed in 1965, the Mariah Winds has performed numerous concerts in the Southwest Region and throughout the United States and Mexico. The group's mission is to provide the highest quality chamber music for the Texas Tech community and the Southwest Region. In addition, the Mariah Winds has always made music education in the public schools a major priority, by doing children's concerts and working with the young musicians of tomorrow. The group has evolved over the years with numerous personnel changes. Richard Meek, the bassoonist of the group, is however one of the founding members of the group. The current group is a reflection of the outstanding School of Music Program at Texas Tech University, which continues to thrive as one of the outstanding music programs in the country.

*Away out there they got a name for rain, and wind, and fire. The rain is Tess, the fire's Jo, and they call the wind Mariah. Mariah blows the stars around, and sends the clouds a'flyin'. Mariah makes the mountains sound like folks were up there dyin'.

Performing Ensembles

Texas Tech offers a variety of performance opportunities for wind and percussion students. Below is just a portion of the available ensembles. Please contact your specific applied faculty for more information.


Please visit the following links for a list of available degrees in the School of Music as well as admission procedures and audition requirements.

Undergraduate Degree Programs

Graduate Degree Programs


The TTU School of Music offers a variety of undergraduate scholarship awards each year to incoming students.  To be eligible students must complete the scholarship portion of the Texas Common Application by February 1st.  Scholarship decisions are based upon the strength of the student's entrance audition as well as academic record.  We also encourage students to take advantage of the many academic scholarships, grants, and loan programs offered through the university. More information can be found at the website for the Student Financial Aid Office. Graduate Teaching Assistantships, Fellowships, and Scholarships are available. Contact Dr. Peter Martens (Associate Director for Graduate Studies) for complete information.