This is the second of a two-part issue called "Rising Stars."
We are excited to announce the creation of the first Student Advisory Council! It was our dream to find a way to give students a greater voice and sense of ownership in the IHS. With the support of the Advisory Council, we've created this body of students, which will meet regularly with the Executive Committee and give feedback, help brainstorm new initiatives, and make the Society more directly responsive to the needs of developing horn players. After a search process involving writing an application essay, and securing letters of support from their teachers, the Executive Committee is proud to have selected Lauren Antoniolli, Emma Brown, Allison Combs, John Degnan, Yui Ginther, Kierstan Gustafson, Mary Haddix, Inman Hebert, Sarah Ismail and Dana Reckard as our first Student Advisory Council. We are so excited to see what comes from our collaboration!
A few of the SAC members would like to introduce themselves:
My name is Emma Brown, and I am a sophomore Horn Performance Major at Michigan State University. I am also minoring in Spanish, and hope to perform professionally in an orchestra one day. I am so excited to be able to have a positive impact on a community which has meant so much to me over the years!
Hello horn people! I am currently finishing up my third year of studies at the Jacobs School of Music, and I work with Andrew Bain’s Invested Musician program. The horn community has always been an invaluable support network; I am very excited to see how the student advisory committee pushes the IHS forward. Dana Reckard
Hello, I’m John Degnan, a Junior at Vanderbilt University studying with Leslie Norton. I am thrilled to be a member of the student advisory council and look forward to increasing student involvement in the IHS.
Hi my name is Yui Ginther, I’m a freshman at Northwestern University pursuing a dual degree in Horn Performance and Journalism. Outside of playing the horn, I love cooking and exercising.
My name is Mary Haddix, and I am finishing up my Masters degree at the University of Kentucky with Dr. Margaret Tung this spring! I also hold a BM in Music Education and Horn from sEastern Kentucky University, and am pursuing my DMA this coming fall. I have been following IHS for several years and am so excited to help bring their message to more horn players around the world along with the SAC!
My name is Inman Hebert, a sophomore at Prattville High School in Alabama, who started playing horn four years ago and studies under the guidance of Dr. Brenda Luchsinger. In addition to the PHS Wind Symphony, I was fortunate to play with the Montgomery Youth Symphony Orchestra and the Alabama Horns at minor league baseball Montgomery Biscuits’ games before COVID-19. In the future, I hope to study music performance and join a major orchestra.
Call for presentations for IHS 53 Our ONE horn community!
Since our annual symposium this year is 100% online (August 9-14, 2021) we hope to hear from hornists all over the globe who want to share a part of themselves through our one horn community symposium! We invite submissions from all of the countries of our membership, in any language, and from a wide variety of experiences and backgrounds: professional performers, professors, music educators, horn enthusiasts . . . everyone! We would love to see student solo and horn quartet performances all the way to our most celebrations soloists and orchestral performers. To submit your proposal, please visit ihs53.com. Submission deadline is April 15, 2021. Information on registration, events, and schedule will be posted at ihsS53.com as it becomes available as well.
Somewhere Down the Road
by Yun Zeng
Recently, I have been reading books on economics because the year 2020 made me realize that economics has its unique merits. It also reminded me that becoming a "stock tycoon" was one of my many childhood dreams. When I was in around first or second grade, I was often asked by my parents and teachers," What do you want to become in the future?” (a question I would probably answer much more seriously if I were asked today). At that time I could easily say “astronaut”, “scientist” or “parking lot guard” (because usually they sit in a booth and I thought it would be fun to live in it). I felt that at that age, if I thought something was cool, then it could immediately become yet another one of my momentary dreams.
I was born into a musical family as my father and grandfather are both horn players. Therefore, I had naturally picked up the horn first before I could start working on becoming an astronaut. In a nutshell, I had a happy childhood playing music, mostly because my father and I practiced and played duets together as a special way of spending father-son time. Years later, he took me to play quartets with his students, and sometimes I played alongside him in the orchestra. Through the years of playing the horn, I had experienced a lot and made many friends. I gradually...
Elections 2021 are now underway for seats on the Advisory Council. All current members of the IHS are eligible to vote, either online OR by the postcard that is enclosed in the February issue of The Horn Call, but NOT both. Members must log in to their IHS account to vote online. For assistance with logging in or voting, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Quadre, the Voice of Four Horns, announces its 2021 composition contest. With two composers in the ensemble, Quadre has a keen interest in supporting the work of composers and expanding the repertory for horn quartet. Submissions, five minutes or less, should fit the theme of Quadre’s 2021-2022 season, Nature: Calls for Harmony. First prize is $1000 and second prize $500. Submissions are due June 1, 2021. All composers eligible; there is no fee. Winners will be announced by August 15, 2021. For complete contest details, please visit https://quadre.org/projects/.
IHS 51 Natural Horn Competition
Winners, left to right: Fabio Forgiarini, Cinzia Posega, Simon Poirier
Simon Poirier (Canada)
Tell us a little about your natural horn career before IHS51.
I had just finished my master at the Amsterdam Conservatorium when I entered the competition. That means I had been in Europe for about two years. In those two years I had the opportunity to play with different orchestras, including the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century and Europa Galante. I was starting to have a taste of what it is like to be a free-lancer!
What motivated you to enter the competition?
I was feeling pretty much at the top of my form in that period. Having just finished studying, I was seeking new challenges. I don't like the competition atmosphere very much, but I knew most of the participants and so the whole thing felt more like a reunion than a competition. I also have to say that I thought it was an opportunity not to be missed. Indeed, who knows when the next natural horn competition will take place!
What are your memories of participating in the festival other than the competition?
I remember being in love with the city (Ghent), and especially the old town in which the conservatory was located. Also, we were a bunch of Québécois there and it was a good feeling to meet again with them, especially in this context where there was such a high energy! I remember being frustrated not to be able to taste all the amazing Belgian beers! The competition...
The 2021 Northeast Horn Workshop will be an entirely virtual event and have 16 featured artists, over 50 contributing artists, 13 performances, over 30 presentations, 8 masterclasses, 9 competitions, 3 live podcasts, and more! Free registration ends Sunday, March 21 and paid registration continues through the workshop.
Hello to the members of the International Horn Society! My name is Emma Gregan – I’m 27 years old and I play Tutti Horn with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra in South Australia.
I grew up in Brisbane and was very fortunate to have access to fantastic horn and brass teachers from a young age, both through private lessons with my teacher Ysolt Clark, and through the public school system. I joined the International Horn Society in 2010 when the Symposium came to the Queensland Conservatorium, where I was in my first year of my undergraduate degree at the time. I completed my bachelor’s degree with honours and spent several years freelancing with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra and touring shows (most notably The Lion King), as well as in Perth with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra. I also started writing and recording my own compositions around that time, which has led to a number of them being performed, particularly across the USA, and several commissions and awards.
I won my job with the ASO at the end of 2015 and have been here ever since. We are the largest arts organisation in South Australia with a strength of 75 players, and I feel very privileged to work in a first-class horn section in such a beautiful part of the world. I love the variety of music we play in the orchestra and enjoy playing just about anything they throw at us: from early music, Strauss and Bruckner, and modern opera, through to disco and other contemporary things. I must admit that...
The Seattle Symphony Horns will be hosting the all-virtual 2021 Northwest Horn Symposium from April 23-25. With featured-artist recitals and classes from David Byrd-Marrow, David Cooper, and the SSO Horns, there will be group warmups, competitions, lectures, masterclasses, and more!
Registration is free, and all events will be hosted/streamed through zoom. Register today at northwesthornsymposium2021.com, and head over to the store page to pick up your limited-edition merchandise to help support this event.
We look forward to seeing you there!
-The SSO Horns: Jeff, Jenna, JT, Danielle, Mark and Jon
Area Rep Corner - Brenda Luchsinger
When I was asked to write about the recent horn activity in Alabama, I thought, “Sure! Absolutely!” Then I paused for a moment and thought some more: “What am I going to write about?! Literally nothing has happened or is happening!” Then this little streamer in my mind started taking off, scrolling nonstop, with many of my to-do list reminders for the upcoming week, “this student needs to record Mozart, that one needs to send in their competition video, she needs a letter of recommendation, oh - midterms are coming up, oops - I need to make sure I remembered to upload that pdf for theory, contact this person about coming to studio next month, don’t forget to listen to those recordings, and you need to make your handout for your presentation Tuesday…”
It quickly dawned on me that even though most performances aren’t happening yet, a lot of activity WAS still happening. I began to think about how my teaching has changed during the year, and all of the creative ways teachers everywhere have been handling the pandemic…in whatever virtual, hybrid, or bell-covered reality we are currently in.
Deciding to focus this segment on teaching seemed obvious when I thought about the past year. Reflecting back to exactly one year ago this week, one of the things I am most grateful for is the generosity and collaborative effort of so many wonderful people. As schools shut down, concerts and trips were cancelled, the panic that some of us initially...
In today’s world of online lessons, acapella-style horn choirs, and more screen time, the demand for high quality and engaging online content is greater than ever. Have you thought of creating an online course? What would you teach? How would you present the material? Who is your target audience?
Over the last six years, I have produced close to 50+ hours of content for online courses and virtual programs. In my most recent online program, College Prep for Musicians™, I teamed up with famous peak performance psychologist Don Greene, PhD, and college admissions expert Kathleen Tesar, EdD, to present everything students and parents need to know about applying to college as a musician. The course is divided into six-modules and covers organizational tools, preparation assessments, career options, and more. Useful aids such as repertoire spreadsheets, an audition matrix, and many PDF guides are also included. This information is delivered through seventeen lectures where each of the three course creators brings a different perspective and background to the subject, from top conservatory admissions experience, to years of teaching and professional performing, to Olympic coaching and audition preparation.
Creating online content merges my love for teaching, passion for music, and desire to create user-friendly, self-study interfaces. Having easily accessible online educational products has led to an overall larger reach than I possibly could have experienced while teaching individual lessons and group classes. If you are interested, here are the steps to take to create online course content:
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