Virtual Woodwind Academy

Make virtual music with us this summer!

Did you know nowadays the average cost of a semester at a music conservatory is $40,000??? 

...and that's not even including room and board. 

Since we have both studied at music conservatories (well, multiple) we know that it's truly THE ONLY place to receive the wealth of information needed to carry your musical studies long into the future.

But we had a few issues with this.

1. It's incredibly expensive 

2. It doesn't have a virtual option

3. Acceptance rates are something ridiculous.. like 5%

and 4... most people attend music conservatories when they're 17.

“Ana and Amanda have created a virtual academy that offers one of the best all-inclusive woodwind experiences in the country. They are both high-profile performers and educators who are masters of their craft. All serious musicians should SERIOUSLY take advantage of the opportunity to participate in one of these camps.”

- Christian Howes, founder of Creative Strings Academy

Our Story

The Virtual Woodwind Academy was founded by professional musicians and educators Ana Nelson and Amanda Dame in the summer of 2020. We were brought together by our love of collaborating virtually and wanted to teach others how to do it! Our mission is to bring music and education to students of all ages and backgrounds through masterclasses, summer programs, and courses in jazz and classical genres. We are both high-profile artists who received education at the nation’s most prestigious music conservatories, including the Oberlin Conservatory, the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, and the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University. 

Meet Us!
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Join the Academy!
Friday, July 16 - Sunday, July 18

The Virtual Woodwind Academy is a three day online program that focuses on making virtual collaborative music with other musicians from around the world! We offer innovative online training for high schoolers and adult students who play flute, saxophone and clarinet. Participants are grouped in separate age and ability levels, and develop their skills through small group collaboration, private study, masterclasses, and workshops in options of both classical and jazz genres.

Participate Synchronously (live!) or Asynchronously (on your own time!)

Included in your experience:


  • Private lessons with Amanda and Ana (2 x 30 min. lessons)

  • Small group/chamber music participation in both classical and jazz settings

  • Workshops in a variety of topics including Recording Technologies, Video Editing, Performance Anxiety, Breathing and Mindfulness, and Music Theory (Jazz and Classical)!

  • Masterclasses for a chance to perform live and watch others

  • Evening performances by Ana, Amanda, and special guests!

  • Warm-Up/Method Classes with your instrument and level

  • Access to handouts, activities, and sheet music to take with you

  • Recordings of all classes available for one year to view after Academy

View academy schedule here!


Tuition: $349 (due by July 10)


Early Bird Price: $249 (tuition due by June 15)

Apply today! No application fee. Go ahead and hit that apply button :)

Questions? Contact Amanda and Ana at or book a free call with us!


"Amanda is an innately gifted musician. Hers is a compelling and unique voice on the flute. Amanda is also a force in education broadly and especially with flute, leaving a trail of totally devoted students in her wake! I strongly recommend seizing any opportunity to work with her." 

– Alexa Still, International Soloist and Flute Professor at Oberlin Conservatory

-“Ana Nelson is a remarkably thoughtful and talented musician who is highly accomplished as a performer and teacher.  I am positive that her work with her newly launched summer program would provide students with a steady source of positive energy and musical leadership.  Congratulations Ana as well to all the students that will be working with you!” 

-Richard Hawkins, Professor of Clarinet, Oberlin Conservatory of Music

“If you want to study with a nationally recognized instructor don’t move to New York; Ana Nelson is right here. Her jazz chops were praised by Wynton Marsalis, she is the horn coach for the IU Soul Revue, and she is a doctoral student in clarinet at the IU Jacobs School of Music.

-Michael Squires, Student and Woodwind Academy 2020 Participant

"Amanda has a warm, patient and supportive style of relating with students that was evident and is admirable."

-Clinician at the Sheppard Pratt School

“My daughter blossomed, gained more confidence and learned more advanced music under [Ana’s] teachings!!”

-Angela, Parent of student

“Amanda is a patient and kind teacher who allows for her students to grow at their own pace. Her instruction is based on her own learning and practice. A truly wonderful flutist!”  

-Luke, Student