Thoughts on Teaching and Playing the Horn

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Dr. James Boldin maintains a diverse career as an educator and performer. He is a member of the faculty in the School of Visual and Performing Arts at The University of Louisiana at Monroe. From 2011-2014 he held the Dr. William R. Hammond Endowed Professorship in Liberal Arts.

He has performed at the 44th and 45th International Horn Symposiums, and at numerous regional horn workshops. He has also presented clinics at the Midwest Clinic International Band and Orchestra Conference, the Louisiana Music Educators Association State Convention, and the South Central Regional Music Conference. He performs extensively with Black Bayou Brass, a resident faculty ensemble at The University of Louisiana at Monroe. As a member of this ensemble, he has performed recitals and presented master classes throughout the region and abroad. Recent engagements include performing at the 2014 International Women’s Brass Conference, the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors national conference, and a series of performances and master classes in Thailand at Mahidol University, Silpakorn University, and the Royal Thai Navy Music School.

An active orchestral musician, Boldin holds positions with the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra, Rapides Symphony Orchestra, and Monroe Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed with the South Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, Louisiana Lyric Opera, Opera East Texas, and with numerous orchestras in the Midwest, including the Madison, La Crosse, Green Bay, Manitowoc, and Oshkosh Symphony Orchestras. As a soloist, he has performed Mozart’s Concerto for Horn, K. 447 with the ULM Chamber Orchestra, and Paul Basler’s Missa Kenya and Songs of Faith with the Monroe Symphony Chorus.

His debut solo recording, Jan Koetsier: Music for Horn, was released in 2013 on the MSR Classics Label, and has been critically praised for “superb playing…on an extraordinarily high level of both technique and communicative abilities.” (Fanfare Magazine).  He has also been recorded on the Summit Records label and on two orchestral recordings, James Dick Plays Edvard Grieg, with the Texas Festival Orchestra conducted by JoAnn Falletta, and Overtures from Overture Hall, with the Madison Symphony Orchestra conducted by John DeMain. His articles have been published in The Instrumentalist Magazine and The Horn Call: The Journal of the International Horn Society, and his musical arrangements have been published by Cimarron Music Press. In 2012 he was awarded a Career Advancement Grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts. He also maintains a website devoted to horn playing and teaching at jamesboldin.com. Boldin is a member of The College Music Society, The National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors, and The International Horn Society, and currently serves as IHS area representative for the state of Louisiana. Boldin earned the Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a Bachelor of Music degree from Appalachian State University. For more information on horn study at ULM, visit the ULM Horn Studio website.

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  1. Helo, I’m Carlos from Portugal.
    I’m a trombone player of a Portuguese Brass Quintet.
    I saw from your site that you have played Plog’s Four Sketches for Brass Quintet. I’d like to know if you can send me the horn part of that piece by mail, because our horn player have lost it and he can’t find it.

    Can you help us please?
    Thank you
    Carlos Silva

  2. Dear James,
    Greetings from Muncie, IN.
    FYI, JOMAR Press has many new works for horn(s).
    See:

    http://www.jomarpress.com/catalog/202HornSolo.html

    and

    http://www.jomarpress.com/catalog/204HornSig.html

    Sincerely,
    Mr. Jody Nagel, D.M.A. (U.T. Austin, 1992, composition)
    Professor of Music Theory & Composition
    Ball State University, School of Music
    co-editor, Jomar Press. (www.jomarpress.com)

    P.S.
    Arizona hornist, Tom Bacon, plays many Jomar pieces.

  3. Hi Dr. Nagel,

    Thanks for the information – I am familiar with JOMAR Press, mainly through the works of Mark Schultz. I’ll make sure to check out the catalog!

    Best regards,

    James Boldiin

  4. Hi James,
    i was most interested in your blog about choosing a new horn. I am a retired military musician, started out as a trumpet player and switched to horn 13 years ago. I am 63,, play and practice every day, live in Nashville Tennessee and mostly play in the “commercial” genre. I too play a 667V which I love, but have always wanted a top of the line horn, and have an order in for a new Engelbert Schmid ES1. I also play a Laskey mouthpiece and spoke at length to Scott Laskey at Midwest about the mouthpiece receiver on the leadpipe. I wanted a lightweight horn, love the brighter “Chicago” sound. Play in a church orchestra every Sunday and have been told by people who’s musical opinions that I respect that my 667V projects very well, so that is important. Anyway I expect my new Schmid to arrive sometime in Mid March. Thanks for your views

  5. Hi Doug,

    Thanks for reading my blog, and congratulations on your new horn purchase. I have been very happy with my ES1, although it took a few months to adjust to it after playing the Yamaha. They are both fine horns, but with a few differences. I’ve posted a few things about the horn here:

    http://hornworld.wordpress.com/2011/03/10/horn-search-complete-for-now/

    http://hornworld.wordpress.com/2011/03/11/engelbert-schmid-lead-pipes/

    http://hornworld.wordpress.com/2011/05/18/grooves-notches-and-other-note-shapes/

    One feature I really like about the ES1 but have not yet tried out is the wide range of bell sizes and alloys that Schmid offers. When I ordered mine I went with a medium size flare, which I thought would match the feel of the Yamaha pretty closely. In the future I’m thinking about trying out some different bell flare/alloy combinations.

    Best regards,

    James Boldin

  6. Just wanted to let you know that Phil Munds, Principal Horn of the Baltimore SO, released his second album in October 2011, Thin Space. This one and his first album, Spiorad contain truly magnificent horn playing. It might be worth a review if you are looking for something to write about.

  7. PS…the two albums are available on CDBABY.COM

  8. Thanks very much for the info! I will check out both these recordings.

  9. Dear Mr Boldin,

    I am trying to contact Stephen Gamble who I read has been in contact with you.
    I was a student of Leonard Brain whose widow Audrey recently passed away and whose obituary was written by Stephen Gamble.
    I would like to get some further information relating to Audrey.

    Many thanks in anticipation,

    Laurence A Frankel

  10. Wonderful; website and so much valuable information. And thanks for the Massenet.
    Dave in Colorado Springs
    P.S. Do you know Steve Edwards, trombone player down that way?

  11. Steve lives in Shreveport. He is quite active in the giggng scene, but has not played with the SSO in some time. How about Dr. Doug Peterson, trombone and music educator from Boosier City” Also I am friends with the guy who used to play lead horn with the Shreveport Symphony, Bob Noonen. Bob lives over in Paonia, Colorado and is in poor health. I had hope to do a little program for him but have not made it over this Summer. Maybe in August. You imporess me very much and I am fortunate to have found your website.
    Dave in Colorado Springs

  12. Dr James. Stumbled on your site. WOW! What a lot of effort-work you’ve done-doing. You must be super efficient-effective to accomplish your endeavors. My utmost respect & hearty congrats. BTW. Health forced Horn playing retirement after almost 70 years. Been there. Done that. GN

  13. I’m trying to locate the horn technician (repairman) in the Albuquerque area who is supposed to be so terrific. I had his address but, of course, can’t now locate it. Could you help?
    Bill

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