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Brief Reviews: Quality Tones App and The Big Book of Sight Reading Duets

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February 8, 2016

Today’s brief reviews will consider two new products for brass players: Quality Tones – an app for iOS and Android devices – and The Big Book of Sight Reading Duets, from Mountain Peak Music. Both provide a creative, fresh approach to learning fundamental musical skills. Quality Tones was designed by Spencer Park, a member of… Read More ›

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New Year’s Review: Toggl Time Tracker

Happy New Year! If any of your resolutions for 2016 have the words “time management” or words to that effect in them, you may be interested in Toggl, a simple but very powerful tool for tracking the time you spend on various tasks. *Note to my horn students – we will be using Toggl during… Read More ›

Etudes in Review: 30 Etudes for Stopped Horn, by Robert Ward

I picked up this great collection of stopped horn studies at the IHS Symposium in Los Angeles, but have just now gotten around to writing up a review. Author Robert Ward is well-known in the horn world, through his long tenure with the San Francisco Symphony as well as a growing number of compositions with… 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 Révolutionnaire 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 ›

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Summer Plans, 2015

After a somewhat busier-than-usual end to the semester, I’m finally settling into a summer schedule. As always, the next several weeks will include some much needed relaxation and social time with family and friends. In addition, I have some exciting events and projects to plan for in the coming months. Here’s a brief summary, with… Read More ›

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Review: Good Vibrations: Masterclasses for Brass Players, by Randy Gardner

Good Vibrations: Masterclasses for Brass Players is the title of a new book by Randy Gardner, Professor of Horn and Chair of the Winds and Brass Department at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. I have been meaning to write a review for the past several weeks, but as there are already some great ones out there… Read More ›

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Semester Preview, Part 2: Orchestral Bucket List, Horn Conferences, Book Projects, and More!!

Here’s Part 2 of my semester preview, with some more brief descriptions of what will be happening in Spring 2015 and beyond (Part 1 is located here). Orchestral Performances: This spring I’ll have the opportunity to perform on three major orchestral works I’ve never played before: Bartok’s Concerto for Orchestra and Robert Schumann’s Symphony No…. Read More ›

Recording Review: Table for Three

Table for Three is a brand new recording from Summit Records featuring three very prominent figures in the world of brass playing – John Ericson (horn), Douglas Yeo (bass trombone), and Deanna Swoboda (tuba). All three are members of the brass faculty at Arizona State University, with distinguished careers as performers and educators. The album… Read More ›

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Recommended Websites: Fall 2014 Edition

With the end of the semester swiftly approaching, activities in our department are beginning to ramp up. These additional commitments, combined with various other performances and projects, will limit my posting to this website. I hope to post a few more times before the year’s end, but this will probably be my last one for… Read More ›

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