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Summer Update, and Brass Trio Lists

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July 19, 2014

I’ve been enjoying some much-needed vacation time this summer, complete with an extended hiatus from blogging. Although I haven’t posted any new content for the last several weeks, this time has not been spent idly. Summer is a great time to work on various projects and get in lots of focused practice sessions. Here’s a… Read More ›

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Upcoming Concert: New Works for Brass Trio

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 ›

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More Works for Horn by Jan Koetsier

Although my solo CD Jan Koetsier: Music for Horn contains a large sampling of the composer’s works for the instrument, there are several others which I did not record. There were various logistical reasons for not including these compositions, chief among them finding the required personnel, as well as the sheer number of works. There is enough… 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 ›

Louisiana Music Educators Association Clinic Preview

In a few weeks, my colleagues and I will be presenting a clinic at the 2013 Louisiana Music Educators Association State Conference in Baton Rouge. The topic of our clinic is chamber music for brass, and is intended to be a guide for music educators who wish to start or develop a brass chamber music… Read More ›

Kickstarter Horn Solos Project

Several months ago I contributed to a fundraising project on Kickstarter created by Jay Anderson, a software engineer and horn player. Anderson’s goal was to create clean, accurate type settings of several dozen public domain works for horn. For more information about his project, follow this link. In short, the project was fully funded, and… Read More ›

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What’s On My Music Stand, Summer Edition

Here’s a quick rundown on what I’ve been practicing this summer. Scheduling has been more of a challenge, but I’m finally settling into a decent (but flexible) routine. Some of them are old favorites, but there is also plenty of new (at least to me) and exciting repertoire. If you find yourself getting bogged down… Read More ›

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Monroe Symphony Orchestra: John Williams Spectacular

This weekend the Monroe Symphony Orchestra and Chorus will present an all John Williams concert, featuring music from some of his most well-known film scores. You can see some of the titles in the image at right, and here’s a complete list. Superman March Call of the Champions E.T.: Adventures on Earth Jaws Harry Potter… Read More ›

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Solo Bucket List

Over the past several years I’ve been compiling a “bucket list” of solo works that I have previously worked on, but never performed. Some of them are major works in the repertoire that for one reason or another I haven’t yet had the opportunity to perform, while others are less well known but still worthwhile…. Read More ›

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Upcoming Faculty Recital

On November 29th I’ll be presenting my annual faculty recital. The big focus for this program will be works for horn with other instruments by Jan Koetsier, in preparation for a forthcoming CD. The second of two recording sessions for this project is scheduled for December, so I programmed this recital much later in the… Read More ›

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