Horn Day

Horn Day 2024

Horn Day is an annual festival at Western Michigan University 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 Western 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 featured 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)
  • John Ericson, Horn Professor at Arizona State University
  • Cecilia Kozlowski, “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band
  • Jeff Nelsen, Horn Professor at Indiana University & President of International Horn Society (formerly with Canadian Brass)
  • Leelanee Sterrett, New York Philharmonic
  • Aaron Brant, Principal Horn, Dayton Philharmonic