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Upcoming Concert: New Works for Brass Trio(0)

April 10, 2014

On Sunday, April 13th, Black Bayou Brass will premiere six new works for brass trio. These pieces were submitted in response to a call for scores from the Mid-South Chapter of NACUSA (National Association of Composers/USA). According to its website, NACUSA is “devoted to the promotion and performance of American concert hall music,” and they are… Read More ›


Kopprasch Project: Some Final Thoughts

As promised, here are some closing thoughts on the Kopprasch Project. I wrote a similar post at roughly the halfway point, which you can read here. Actually there is very little to add to what I said then, except to emphasize how beneficial this endeavor has been for me as a horn player and teacher. I… Read More ›

Upcoming Horn Quartet Performances

I have several performances coming up over the next week or so, including an orchestral concert (Britten, Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes, Korngold, Violin Concerto, Grieg, Peer Gynt Suite No. 1) a performance with brass quintet and choir,  and two concerts with a horn quartet. The quartet concerts are of particular interest because of the repertoire…. Read More ›

Black Bayou Brass Plays Naulais and Nelhýbel

Black Bayou Brass’s faculty recital last week went very well, and I have a few videos to share from the performance (read more about the program here). Enjoy! First is Flash, by Jérôme Naulais.  If you checked out my video of just the horn part and have been wondering what the rest of the parts sound… Read More ›

Upcoming Recital: Black Bayou Brass

Tomorrow evening Black Bayou Brass will present our annual faculty recital. (Click here for more information). As with most of our programs, we have assembled a variety of original and arranged works, making for an exciting and interesting concert. Here’s the program, with a few notes about each work. If you are in the area,… Read More ›

Koetsier Recording Reviewed in Fanfare Magazine

Lynn René Bayley has written a very nice review of my Koetsier recording in Fanfare Magazine. See below for the review. If it piques your interest, consider picking up a copy from CD Baby, available in digital download or physical formats. Thanks to Robert LaPorta of MSR Classics for passing the review along to me! FANFARE… Read More ›


Spring 2014 Preview

Writing these semester previews is always a lot of fun, because it allows me to see at a glance the various activities going on over the course of several months. As the semester progresses and schedules get busier, it can be difficult to step back and see the big picture. As always, we have some… Read More ›


Public Service Announcement: Private Lesson Scams

Every semester I receive at least a few phishing emails – scams masquerading as legitimate requests to set up private lessons. Although the details of each email scam vary a bit, they all go something like this: Re: Private lessons for my daughter Hi, I want some private lessons for my daughter,Mary. Mary is a… Read More ›

Monday Updates: CD Baby, Recital Videos, and Upcoming Concerts

Rather than one large post I have several brief updates to share today. First, I’m happy to report that my Koetsier recording is now available for purchase on CD Baby, in either digital download or physical format. The price is significantly lower than what Amazon is asking. It has been interesting to explore the various… Read More ›

Koetsier CD: Reviews and Press Quotes

I’ve been fortunate to receive some very nice reviews and press quotes about my new solo recording, Jan Koetsier: Music for Horn. There are so many new and excellent recordings out there that it is easy to get lost amongst them, and I am grateful to my colleagues for taking the time and effort to… Read More ›


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