Horn Day is an annual festival at Western open to anyone who is interested in learning more about the horn. This fun-filled event includes an entire day of horn activities, including a guest artist master class and recital, a solo competition, a recital by the WMU Horn Choir and WMU student soloists, and a chance for all participants to play in the Mass Horn Choir, which rehearses during the day and performs in the final concert.
Past guest artists include:
- William Barnewitz, former Principal Horn, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra
- Michelle Reed Baker, Second Horn, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and faculty member at The Manhattan School of Music
- Jeff Agrell, Horn Professor at the University of Iowa
- Douglas Hill, Horn Professor at the University of Wisconsin–Madison (retired)
- Karl Pituch, Principal Horn, Detroit Symphony Orchestra
- Jesse McCormick, Second Horn, Cleveland Orchestra
- Virtuoso Horn Duo (Kerry Turner and Kristina Mascher, Luxembourg Philharmonic and American Horn Quartet)
- Bernhard Scully, Horn Professor at the University of Illinois and hornist with Canadian Brass
- John Ericson, Horn Professor at Arizona State University
Horn Day 2015: Saturday, February 14, 2015
Featured Artist: Cecilia Kozlowski, “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band
French horn player Staff Sergeant Cecilia Kozlowski of Sterling Heights, Mich., joined the “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band in May 2013.
Staff Sgt. Kozlowski began her musical training on the horn at age 11. After graduating in 2004 from Sterling Heights High School, she earned a bachelor’s degree in 2008 from Western Michigan University (WMU) in Kalamazoo. In 2010, she earned a master’s degree from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM). She studied with Lin Foulk of WMU, Elizabeth Freimuth of CCM and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and Randy Gardner of CCM and the Philadelphia Orchestra.
Prior to joining “The President’s Own,” Staff Sgt. Kozlowski was the acting principal horn of the Beijing National Opera House in China and performed with the Columbus and Lima Symphony Orchestras in Ohio, Kentucky Symphony Orchestra in Newport, the Richmond Symphony Orchestra in Indiana, and the Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra in St. Joseph.
Staff Sgt. Kozlowski performs with the Marine Band, Marine Chamber Orchestra, and Marine Chamber Ensembles at the White House, in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, and across the country during the band’s annual concert tour.
all events take place in Dalton Center
11:30 a.m. Registration for Solo Competition participants
Perform your solo/ensemble piece or any other appropriate work for Ms. Kozlowski and Dr. Foulk. One person will be selected from this competition to play in the masterclass later in the day and everyone will receive written comments. There are limited slots, so sign up soon!
12:00 p.m. General Registration and reading session
12:30 p.m. Recital—WMU horn students and the Western Horn Choir
1:20 p.m. Mass Horn Choir Rehearsal (all participants)
2:00 p.m. Featured Artist Masterclass
Cecilia Kozlowski, “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band
3:15 p.m. Small Group Workshops
4:15 p.m. Break
Sandwiches and snacks will be served to participants
5:00 p.m. Panel Discussion—multiple topics
Featured Artist Cecilia Kozlowski and Lin Foulk, WMU Horn Professor
6:30 p.m. Final Concert
Featured Artist Cecilia Kozlowski
Lin Foulk, WMU Horn Professor
Western Horn Choir
Mass Horn Choir
• The registration fee (pay at the door) is $15 per participant, which helps sponsor the featured artist (please make checks payable to “WMU”). The final concert requires no admission fee and is open to the public. Family members of participants may observe any part of the day free of charge.
• Public parking is available in the structure adjacent to Miller Auditorium free of charge. Directions to Dalton Center.
• Please bring your own instrument and mouthpiece. Music for the mass horn choir will be provided at the festival. Please dress casually.
• Please contact Dr. Lin Foulk with any questions.
So that we may plan for the amount of music needed for the day, please copy and send this form to Dr. Lin Foulk by February 2, 2015 (you’re still welcome to attend even if you miss this pre-registration deadline).
School attending and grade level __________________
Name of band director and/or private teacher
How many years have you played horn?
Will you participate in the solo competition?
Please send to:
Dr. Lin Foulk / Horn Day
School of Music
Western Michigan University
1903 W. Michigan Ave.
Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5434