We are forging ahead with plans for the 44th International Horn Symposium (see music.unt.edu/ihs44). Unfortunately, Andrew Bain was unable to free up more than about 24 hours in the middle of the week from his principal horn duties in the Los Angeles Philharmonic. With flights sometimes delayed or cancelled due to weather problems in May, it was decided to cancel his appearance. Fortunately, star hornist Pip Eastop from the UK has agreed to appear as a featured artist! Xiaoming Han recently accepted a new position with an orchestra in Germany and his conductor will not allow him to take the Symposium week off. We are seeking a replacement.

Many hornists are taking advantage of the reduced early registration rates and we hope all those who plan to come will register early. We are happy to accept the full registration fees – the more who register late, the more money we have in our budget. There is a deadline by which the number of dorm rooms, meals, and banquet attendees needs to be sent to the offices handling those aspects of the Symposium.

The contributing artists and horn choirs are nearly scheduled. We are tweaking the T-shirt logo to compete with the IHS t-shirts for sale at the Symposium. As the exhibitors register, they will be listed on the Symposium website with links to their websites.

All the best to each of you!

Bill Scharnberg

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