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Annual festival open to hornists of all ages

Feb. 27, 2009

KALAMAZOO--Beginners, seasoned professionals and middle, high school and college students will perform together in the closing concert of Horn Day, an annual festival held at Western Michigan University.

The concert is free of charge and open to the public. It begins at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, March 15, in WMU's Dalton Center Recital Hall.

The festival is open to anyone interested in learning more about the French horn. The day's activities begin at 11:30 a.m. and include a class and recital by guest artist Jesse McCormick, second horn with the Cleveland Orchestra; a solo competition for middle and high school participants; a recital by the WMU Horn Choir and student soloists; and a chance for all participants to play in chamber ensembles or the Mass Horn Choir.

Those wishing to take part in the festival should bring their own instrument and mouthpiece. Registration is $15 per participant and can be paid at the door. Family members of participants may observe any part of the day free of charge.

For more information and to view the complete festival schedule, visit Horn Day on the Web or contact Dr. Lin Foulk at lin.foulk@wmich.edu or (269) 387-4692.

About guest artist Jesse McCormick

A native of Colorado Springs, Colo., McCormick was named second horn of the Cleveland Orchestra in 2006. Prior to that he held positions with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra and Denver Brass. He was a soloist at the 1998 International Horn Symposium in Banff, Canada, where he was presented with the International Horn Society's Jon Hawkins award.

McCormick has performed and recorded with Summit Brass and has been a featured guest artist at festivals, camps and universities throughout the nation. Currently, he is a lecturer at Baldwin-Wallace College Conservatory and Cleveland State University.

Media contact: Kevin West, (269) 387-4678, kevin.west@wmich.edu

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