Greetings from Ithaca College! Winter has finally arrived, though oddly enough, the recent snowpocalypse that inundated NY City, Washington, D.C., and much of the U.S. northeast had virtually no impact on us here. Preparations for the 48th International Horn Symposium (13-18 June 2016) are ramping up and there will be a steady stream of updates and information coming in the weeks and months ahead. Meanwhile, here’s an overview of the Top 10 Reasons to attend IHS 2016 @ Ithaca College:

1. Performances by this year’s Featured Artists! We’ve got a great line-up of Featured Artists who will be performing old favorites along with many newly commissioned works. David Amram, Pip Eastop, Nobuaki Fukukawa, Frank Lloyd, Philip Myers, Jeff Nelsen, Leslie Norton, Bruno Schneider, Arkady Shilkloper, Jeffrey Stockham, William VerMeulen and Gail Williams. Find links to each of them here:

2 & 3. Performances and Lectures from Supporting Artists promise to be superb this year, too. At this writing, the committee is still working to coordinate and schedule events presented by a wide range of players, professors, historians and enthusiasts. It looks like there’ll be somewhere between 50-75 presentations from this category.


4 & 5. IHS Symposia are a great place to re-connect with old friends and colleagues as well as become acquainted with lots of new ones! Reach back into your own pasts—your All-State Orchestra/Bands, your summer camps, your collegiate ensembles—and there’s a good chance that you’ll meet up with some of those great people while attending the Symposium.


6. This year’s theme is “The Natural Beauty of the Horn” and what better environment in which to celebrate than the Finger Lakes Region of New York State. Click on the link to see the live view of Cayuga Lake from atop the James J. Whalen Center for Music at Ithaca College—and don’t worry, we rarely have snow in June [;-)]:  

7. Ithaca has more restaurants per capita than NY City, with a wide array of choices to satisfy any and every preference. We’ve got some extraordinary vegetarian and vegan places…as well as local, organic meat-loving fare, too, with everything in-between. Dining Services at Ithaca College will be cooking up a storm for anyone who chooses to stay and eat on campus (, but there will be free city bus service from campus down into town, so you’ll be covered no matter what you choose to do.

8 & 9. I’ve heard that on rare occasions(!) “spirits” might factor prominently into a gathering of hornists, so for the few of you who are so inclined, the Finger Lakes Region has a very healthy number of wineries and micro-breweries all within easy access to campus. While there won’t be any official trips planned, here are a couple of links in order to assist you with your own unofficial planning: l

10. And finally, contributing to the natural beauty of Ithaca itself is the fact that there are at least 150 waterfalls within ten square miles of the city (Ithaca is Gorges!). Consider all the walking and hiking trails to access all that beauty and you’ve got a recipe for a great week: Registration goes “live” on the website in February (, and please note that you MUST pre-register for this year’s symposium. Early-bird registration ends March 1st and final registration ends on May 9th. Please plan accordingly! Hope to see you here in Ithaca!

Alex Alexander Shuhan, Assoc. Prof. of Horn
Host, 2016 International Horn Symposium @ Ithaca College
Ithaca is Gorges. IHS 2016 is CORges!

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