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Semester Preview

January 24, 2016

Although classes here just resumed last week, things are already in full swing, and this promises to be another exciting spring semester. As usual, I am looking forward to a variety of performances and other activities with my students and colleagues. Rather than list every single upcoming performance and project, I thought it would make… Read More ›


Semester Preview: Fall 2015 Edition

After posting a final update on the 47th International Horn Symposium, I decided to take a little break from blogging to focus on my preparations for the fall semester. The break turned out to be a little longer than expected, but I’m back now with my traditional semester preview. As always, a new academic year… Read More ›

University of Wisconsin-Madison Alumni Ensemble Performance. Douglas Hill, conductor

47th International Horn Symposium: Final Update and Summary

With the LA symposium now behind me, I thought it might be nice to post a few random thoughts about the entire experience. These are in no particular order, with a few pictures as well. The atmosphere at the Colburn School was friendly and helpful, making for a very pleasant experience. Los Angeles was perhaps… Read More ›


Horn Symposium Update No. 5

Today, my last day at the 47th International Horn Symposium, was certainly memorable. I’ll post again in a few days with summary comments about the entire week I’ve spent here in Los Angeles, but I also wanted to write a few things about today in particular while they were fresh in my mind. Here we… Read More ›


Horn Symposium Update No. 4

Today was a little bit different in terms of what I attended, but it was still a very productive day at the symposium. I’ll give my customary recap below, but have also included a list of some new music and equipment purchased during the week. Although I have been pretty selective at this symposium with… Read More ›


Horn Symposium Update No. 3

Day 3: Another exciting day at the 47th International Horn Symposium! Here’s what I attended during the morning and early afternoon. Lecture – Contemporary Solos for Low Horn (Robert Stonestreet) A fascinating presentation focused on little known works which feature the horn’s low register. I knew a few of the works mentioned, but discovered some… Read More ›


Horn Symposium Update No. 2

  Day 2 of my time at the 47th International Horn Symposium was great. As I have an early morning rehearsal tomorrow for the University of Wisconsin Alumni ensemble, my summary tonight will be fairly brief. While most of yesterday was spent attending presentations and lectures, today I listened to several concerts and checked out… Read More ›


Horn Symposium Update No. 1

After traveling to Los Angeles yesterday, today was my first full day at the 47th International Horn Symposium, hosted by Andrew Bain and Annie Bosler at the Colburn School. I plan to post daily updates to this website, and while these can’t provide a complete picture, hopefully they will at least give a general sense… Read More ›

Upcoming Presentation: An Introduction to Solo Duet Training for Horns

[This is the third and final post in a series related to events at the upcoming 47th International Horn Symposium. You can read the first one here, and the second one here.] I will round out my week at the 47th International Horn Symposium with a presentation titled “An Introduction to Solo Duet Training for… Read More ›

Upcoming Performance: University of Wisconsin-Madison Alumni Horn Ensemble

[This post is the second in a series related to events at the upcoming 47th International Horn Symposium. You can read the first one here.] The 47th International Horn Symposium is less than two months away, and I’m very excited to attend what promises to be a huge event. The lineup of artists, presenters, and… Read More ›


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