As your new old IHS President, I would first like to thank the Advisory Council for their confidence and support in electing me for this second term. It is an honour for me to serve the IHS in this way once again.
I need to say a very big thank you to our outgoing President, Jeff Snedeker. He has worked tirelessly and enthusiastically to push forward the interests of the Society, and is now taking a well-earned rest. I am sure he will remain very active somewhere in the background!

As we drift into fall and I think back to the summer, it already seems an eternity ago that we were in Brisbane, Australia for the 42nd IHS Symposium. It was “only” the end of July. Peter Luff hosted a great workshop – although I was a bit disappointed that we didn’t see more participants, this did not dampen the spirits of those who were there. They all reported having a great time, taking part in the many activities throughout the week and attending the many concerts.

For me, the highlight was the final concert with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, featuring soloists Valentin Eschmann, Hector McDonald, and the American Horn Quartet, who did a great job. At the end of a concert – indeed a whole week – of great horn playing it was refreshing to be inspired by the final work – an exhilarating performance of the Concerto for Orchestra by Béla Bartók.

It was a special treat to have Barry Tuckwell there with us in Brisbane for the week. He’s a true icon to all horn players; his presence as both a national hero and arguably the finest horn player of his generation inspired young and old alike.

Many people attending the symposium took advantage of being in such a unique part of the world to take off on tour afterwards to visit places like Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef, Ayres Rock, Sydney, and the many other wonderful sights, sounds, cultures, flora, and fauna that Australia has to offer. If you didn’t go – why not?!

Coming home, I was very sad to hear of the passing of William (Bill) Capps in August. He was a great friend to many of us, hosted an excellent workshop, and will be sorely missed by all who knew him. On behalf of the IHS as a whole, I would like to send sincere commiserations to all his family. An obituary will follow in The Horn Call [on page 35].

As we all (in the northern hemisphere at least) begin an other academic year, now is a good time for the teachers amongst us to remind our students of the benefits of IHS membership. There are many! And, as always, membership forms and all relevant information can be found at hornsociety.org.

A new project of interest to both horn students and teachers alike is our new database of assistantships, fellowships, and scholarships available to graduate level horn students. If your institution offers opportunities of this kind, please send information about them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please include contact information, a description of the position(s) available, qualifications required, and application deadline. If you have students interested in these opportunities, please direct them to the same website, where they can search by assistance type, location, and institution.

Now is also the time for many of us to request travel funding for ourselves and our students to attend workshops. A listing of regional workshops may be found on our website at About—>Symposiums—>Locations.

And, in case you haven’t heard – the next International Horn Symposium will be held June 20-25, 2011 at San Francisco State University. Look out for more information about the symposium on our website {and on page 16 of this journal}. It promises to be a spectacular symposium. I can’t wait – and I look forward to seeing you there!

All the very best for a successful fall – let it be as vibrant and as colourful as your horn playing activities!

-Frank