KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Michigan native Leelanee Sterrett will headline the 2017 Horn Day festival at Western Michigan University. She will perform during the final concert at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, in the Dalton Center Recital Hall. The final concert is free and open to the public; the participation fee for Horn Day is $20.
Sterrett, third horn of the New York Philharmonic, joined the orchestra in June 2013. Originally from Manton, Michigan, Sterrett grew up in a musically enthusiastic family and attended Interlochen Arts Academy. She received her bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a master's degree from the Yale School of Music. Sterrett has spent summers at the Tanglewood Music Center, the Pacific and Sarasota music festivals, the National Orchestral Institute, and the Banff Centre for the Arts. She is a past prizewinner in the International Horn Competition of America and the Yamaha Young Performing Artists Program.
Horn Day is an annual festival that is open to anyone 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 for middle and high school participants, a recital by the WMU Horn Choir and WMU student soloists, and a chance for all participants to play in chamber ensembles and the Mass Horn Choir, which rehearses during the day and performs in the 6:30 p.m. final concert.
Registration begins at 12:30 p.m. in the Dalton Center. Public parking is available in the structure adjacent to Miller Auditorium free of charge. Music will be provided, but participants should bring their own instruments and mouthpieces. Pre-registration is available at wmich.edu/music/horn to assist with planning.
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