A Golden Clam from Horn Matters

I was surprised and honored on Wednesday to find out that my Kopprasch recording project on YouTube had been awarded a Golden Clam Award from Horn Matters.  I don’t have much prepared in the way of an acceptance speech, except to say that I have immense respect for both Bruce Hembd and John Ericson (the creators of Horn Matters).  They have been (and continue to be) great mentors and supporters, and I am grateful to have such wonderful colleagues.

As for the Kopprasch project, I expect to finish recording Book 1 by the end of this semester, but hopefully before that. As expected, the later studies take more time to work up to a good level for recording.  After that I will be taking a break from my Kopprasch work.  I do plan to record Book 2 at some point, but I have some other projects coming up that I’m looking forward to working on as well. One of these is a solo recording project – I have most of the repertoire decided at this point, but am very much still in the planning stages – more on this and other projects later.

Top Sites for Brass

A recent article over on Brass Musician lists the “Top 10 Online Resources for Brass Players,” and leading the list is Horn Matters, maintained by John Ericson and Bruce Hembd.  First, hearty congratulations are due to Bruce and John for putting together one of the most comprehensive, well-designed, and aesthetically pleasing sites of its kind.  I was an avid follower of both of their blogs for many years, and now I look to Horn Matters for the latest information in my field. Looking at the rest of the “Top Ten” list, I recognized many sites like Hornplayer.net, Musical Chairs, and Douglas Yeo’s website, but there were several that were new to me.  Be sure to check out all of the sites on the list – they represent some of the best and brightest in brass performance and pedagogy today.  I fully realize that with the number and  variety of resources available online, putting together such a short list must have been a difficult task.  I thought I might add a few more sites to this list, not as replacements, but rather as supplements.

University of Iowa Horn Studio: Maintained by Jeffrey Agrell, this is an excellent comprehensive site, with hundreds of interesting links for horn players and other musicians (brass or otherwise). Also be sure to check out Professor Agrell’s blog, Horn Insights.

Horn Central: Similar in scope to the University of Iowa site, but with a slightly different layout, Horn Central has recently undergone a redesign, making it much easier to navigate.  This site contains some very comprehensive repertoire lists.

Wilktone: I discovered Dave Wilken’s blog this summer, and I highly recommend it to any brass player interested in finding out more about how the embouchure functions.  Dr. Wilken has numerous resources on this site, but the real gem in my opinion are his excellent high-quality videos of brass embouchures.

IHS Online: The official online home of the International Horn Society, this page should definitely be in the “favorites” category of any serious horn player.  The site is updated regularly, and includes podcasts, classified ads, indexes to The Horn Call, and much more!

Alright, now it’s your turn.  Do you have any favorite horn or brass-related sites?  I’d love to hear about them – just post the link(s) in the comments section below.

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