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Horn Symposium Update No. 5

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August 8, 2015

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 ›

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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 ›

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Review: Songs of Love, War and Melancholy/Mozart: Stolen Beauties

I recently received two wonderful new discs for review from Anneke Scott, a phenomenal performer on both natural and valved horns. Scott serves as principal horn of the Orchestre R√©volutionnaire et Romantique and The English Baroque Soloists, and also performs frequently as a soloist and chamber musician. In addition to her busy performing schedule, she has… Read More ›

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Recording Reviews: Uncommon Ground & En-Cor!

For this week’s post I have two brief recording reviews. First up is a recent release on the MSR Classics label, Uncommon Ground: Contemporary Works for Trumpet with Horn, Trombone, Piano, and Organ. I was particularly interested in this album because three of the performers were classmates of mine at the University of Wisconsin-Madison: Amy… Read More ›

Notes on a Commission: Gary Schocker’s In Arkadia for Horn and Harp

In my Summer Plans post last week I mentioned the upcoming premiere of In Arkadia, a new work for horn and harp by Gary Schocker. Harpist Jaymee Haefner and I recently had our first rehearsal for the performance, which is scheduled for August 3 at the 47th International Horn Symposium in Los Angeles, CA. After… Read More ›

Throwback Thursday Videos

I have many fond memories from my time at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and among my favorites is Four Part Invention, a horn quartet made up of graduate students. Recently I was able to convert an old VHS recording of a quartet recital from the spring of 2004. I’m not sure of the exact date,… Read More ›

Upcoming Conference: 2015 Southeast Horn Workshop at LSU

Next weekend I’ll be heading to Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge for the 2015 Southeast Horn Workshop, hosted by LSU Professor of Horn Seth Orgel. Professor Orgel has put together a fantastic lineup of guest artists, exhibitors, and master classes, and this promises to be a great conference. Gail Williams and Adam Unsworth will… Read More ›

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Chamber Music Rehearsal Flowchart

Next week our brass trio will be giving a guest recital and master class at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. I’m looking forward to this performance for a number of reasons, one of them being a chance to catch up with Justin Isenhour, a former classmate from my undergraduate days at Appalachian State University…. Read More ›

Recordings from Big 12 Trombone Conference

Black Bayou Brass recently completed a successful tour, culminating in a performance at the 2015 Big 12 Trombone Conference, hosted by Professor James Decker at Texas Tech University. Our program of new music for brass trio was very well received, and the performance was archived on video. Here are individual recordings of each work on… Read More ›

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