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, 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
- 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 (formerly with Canadian Brass and St. Paul Chamber Orchestra)
Horn Day 2013: Saturday, January 26, 2013(More information, including a full schedule, will be posted here soon).
Featured Artist: John Ericson, horn professor at Arizona State University
One of the most visible hornists today, John Ericson has wide-ranging experience as an orchestral player, soloist, and teacher.
Co-founder of the online magazine Horn Matters, Ericson began his professional career with serving for six seasons as Third Horn in the Nashville Symphony.
From there, he turned to full time teaching, first at the Crane School of Music (SUNY Potsdam), where he launched Horn Articles Online. Since 2001 he has served on the faculty at Arizona State University and is Brass Area Coordinator. Besides teaching at Arizona State University, in recent years Ericson has also served on the faculties of the Interlochen Center for the Arts and the Brevard Music Center.
His two solo CDs on the Summit label received critical acclaim: The Horn Call hailed Les Adeiux for "Fantastic playing.... The level of musicality, nuance and artistry is not to be missed" and called Canto a "Terrific collaboration between horn and piano." Author of six books and numerous articles, he has performed and presented sessions at seven international horn symposiums and numerous regional events. A native of Emporia, Kansas, Ericson currently resides in Tempe, Arizona with his wife and two children.
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 Dr. Ericson 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
John Ericson, professor of horn, Arizona State University
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 John Ericson and Lin Foulk, WMU Horn Professor
6:30 p.m. Final Concert
Featured Artist John Ericson
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: 269-387-4692
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 January 11, 2013 (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