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Question:

"We often have dress rehearsals the morning of the performance even when playing works such as Mahler 6! To add insult to injury, we also rehearse the night before which means we play the program 3 times in a 27-hour period (Fri rehearsal 7-9:30pm, Saturday dress rehearsal 10am-12:30pm, and Sat performance 7:30-10pm). What do you recommend as the best way to recover to be able to successfully make it through this demanding schedule of services?"

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Links

YouTube: the Horn Channel
Interesting, entertaining, educational and of great historic value. This is a collection of short videos by Ifor James, Hans Pizka and Greg Cass.
Il Club del Corno
The Italian Horn Club. Mostly in Italian with some English translations.
The British Horn Society
Dedicated to the art, craft and fun of horn playing.
www.ivasi.org
Interactive Video Audition Service International ("IVASI"): An Inter-Active Video Guide for Orchestral Preparation, developed by IHS life member James Decker
Nederlands Hoornisten Genootschap
Dutch Horn Society
(in Dutch only)
Horn Articles Online
A large collection of information on horn playing and horn history by John Ericson.
日本ホルン協会
Japan Horn Society
(in Japanese only)
www.hornexcerpts.org
A large site featuring music and recorded examples of horn excerpts by Daren Robbins.
www.waltornia.pl
A site run by Damian Walentek of the Polish National Radio Symphony in Katowice, for the promotion of the horn in Poland (Polish Lanaguage only)
Pip Eastop
Inventions, articles, and much more in a site by a well-known British player.
www.hoorn.be
A Belgian horn site (in Flemish only)
Dick Martz
Photos and descriptions of an interesting personal collection of horns.
www.trompista.com
A Portuguese language horn forum.
Hornplanet.com
A fun site, created by Thomas Bacon.
Hornplayer.net
Free classifieds, 300 page information archive, Walter Hecht's Significa, section listings, and more by Robin Moffatt.
Julia Rose's Horn Page
Notes from master classes by Mark Lawrence, David Krehbiel, Arnold Jacobs, audition lists, and more.
Embouchures.com
Hornist Lucinda Lewis shares information for brass players suffering with embouchure problems or lip injuries.
Bob Ward's Homepage
Check out the warm-up book and other information from this San Francisco Symphony hornist.
http://www.wienerhorn.com
All things horn in Vienna. Includes articles, a forum and a marketplace. In German only.
http://www.iwbc-online.org/
Website of the International women's Brass conference.
An enthusiasm for Dennis Brain
A tribute website to Dennis Brain (1921-1957). [Japanese and English]
Hans Pizka's Homepage
Bios of famous hornists, advice for young players, big pictures, and more.
BLOGS What is a blog? See The Horn Call, Oct. 2006, p. 44. Barry Tuckwell: A Life With French (sic) Horn
A podcast interview from the University of Melbourne. Scroll down to program number 21.
Works with Horn by Female Composers
An excellent resource by Lin Foulk.

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Horn Performance Jobs

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IHS Members are invited to submit information on any upcoming horn auditions not listed here.


Armenia

Australia

West Australian Symphony Orchestra

Associate Principal Horn. Application deadline: September 14. Audition date: not listed.

Austria

Belgium

Brazil

Bulgaria

Canada

Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra

Assistant Principal 3rd Horn. Application deadline: Feb. 15. Audition date: Mar. 16.

Orchestre symphonique de Montréal

Principal Horn. Application deadline: Jan. 11. Audition date: Feb. 22.

Chile

China

Central Conservatory of Music Symphony Orchestra

Principal French Horn. Application deadline: not listed. Audition date: not listed.

Central Conservatory of Music Symphony Orchestra

French Horn Tutti. Application deadline: not listed. Audition date: not listed.

China NCPA Orchestra

French Horn Associate Principal. Application deadline: see notice. Audition date: see notice.

China NCPA Orchestra

French Horn Tutti. Application deadline: see notice. Audition date: see notice.

Guiyang Symphony Orchestra

Horn, associate principal. Application deadline: Nov. 25. Audition date: not listed.

Kunming International Philharmonic.

French Horn (One-year contract). Application deadline: Not listed. Audition date: not listed.

Suzhou Symphony Orchestra

Principal Horn (One-year contract). Application deadline: Dec. 31. Audition date: not listed. 

Wuhan Philharmonic Orchestra

Principal horn, 2nd horn. No dates given.

Colombia

Croatia

Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra

Horn. Application deadline: May 3. Audition date: Not listed.

Cyprus

Czech Republic

Denmark

Ecuador

Egypt

Cairo Symphony Orchestra

1st Horn Substitute. Application deadline: Mar 25. Audition date: Not listed.

Estonia

Europe

Finland

France

Opéra de Marseille

troisième cor jouant le 1er (1re catégorie). Application deadline: Feb. 5. Audition date: Feb. 15.

Opéra National de Bordeaux

1 Poste de Cor Solo - 1ère catégorie A. Application deadline: Feb. 7. Audition date: Mar. 16.

Orchestre National de Lyon

Cor solo jouant 5ème. Application deadline: Jan. 2. Audition date: Jan. 14.

Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France

Principal Horn / Cor Solo (2 positions available). Application deadline: Dec. 31. Audition date: Jan. 19.

Germany

Frankfurt Radio Symphony

Solo-Horn. Application deadline: not listed. Audition date: not listed.

Polizeiorchester Niedersachsen

Musiker/in 3./1. Horn (Maternity Cover). Application deadline: Oct. 14. Audition date: not listed.

Thüringer Symphoniker Saalfeld-Rudolstadt

Principal Horn and Sick leave cover: 2nd horn (playing 4th horn as required) (One-year contract). Application deadline: Nov. 25. Audition date: Not listed.

Granada

Greece

Thessaloniki State Symphony Orchestra.

5th Category - Two (2) positions for (tutti) horn. Application deadline: Jan. 15. Audiiton date: Feb. 23.

Hong Kong

Hungary

Iceland

Ireland

RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra

Section Leader French Horn. Application deadline: n/a Audition date: not listed.

Israel

Italy

Filarmonica del Festival

Audizioni Corno (Per service, Short-term). Application deadline: Jan. 7. Audition date: not listed.

Fondazione Arena di Verona

Professori d'Orchestra - CORNO. Application deadline: January 21. Audition date: not listed.

Fondazione Teatro di San Carlo

Primo Corno. Application deadline: Feb. 17. Audition date: not listed.

Fondazione Arturo Toscanini

Quarto corno, con obbligo del secondo e della fila - n. 1 posto. Application deadline: June 18. Audition date: not listed.

Orchestra Giovanile "Luigi Cherubini"

Audizioni Corno. Application deadline: Dec. 31. Audition date: not listed.

Teatro Massimo

terzo corno con obbligo del primo, del secondo, del quarto e a seguire (One-year contract). Application deadline: Nov. 26. Audition date: not listed.

Japan

Hyogo Performing Arts Center Orchestra

Horn. Application deadline: Jan. 20. Audition date: see website.

Latvia

Lithuania

Luxembourg

Macao

The Macao Orchestra

Horn Tutti. Application deadline: Oct. 28. Audition date: Jan. 16-23.

Malaysia

Malta

Mexico

Monaco

Montenegro

Netherlands

Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra

2./3./4. Horn (Part-time, One-year contract). Application deadline: Nov. 16. Audition date: Dec. 13-14.

Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest (Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra)

Principal Horn. Application deadline: Nov. 9. Audition date: January 21, 22, 23.

Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest (Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra)

RCO Academy position for 2019 -2020 - French Horn (low & high). Application deadline: Jan. 19. Audition date: Mar. 19.

Rotterdams Philharmonisch Orkest

Principal Horn 100% (1fte). Application deadline: April 8. Audition date: May 28-29.

New Zealand

Royal New Zealand Navy Band

Horn. Ongoing auditions.

Norway

Stavanger Symfoniorkester

2nd Horn/Utility. Application deadline: Jan. 4. Audition date: Feb. 22-23.

Palestine/Israel

Poland

Pomeranian Philharmonic in Bydgoszcz

Horn - Tutti (third). Application deadline: June 7. Audition date: not listed.

Portugal

Qatar

Russia

Scotland

Serbia

Slovakia

Slovenia

South Korea

KBS Symphony Orchestra

2018/19 KBS Symphony Orchestra - Principal Horn. Application deadline: Mar. 14. Audition date: Mar. 30.

Spain

ADDA Simfònica

Horn (2 positions). Application deadline: May 31. Audition date: not listed.

Orquesta Clásica Santa Cecilia

convocatoria de audiciones - Section Principal Horn. Application deadline: Dec. 15. Audition date: Not listed.

Orquesta Sinfónica y Coro RTVE

Horn. Application deadline: May 24. Audition date: not listed.

Orquesta Sinfónica de Euskadi - Basque National Orchestra

Principal Horn Player. Application deadline: not listed. Audition date: not listed.

Sweden

Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra

Principal French horn. Application deadline: Feb. 17. Audition date: Mar. 21-22.

GotlandsMusiken

French Horn player. Application deadline: Feb. 15. Audition date: Mar. 14-15.

Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra

RSPO Orchestra Academy. Application deadline: Jan. 15. Audition date: Not listed.

Switzerland

Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich

Horn - 3. Horn (Permanent). Application deadline: Nov. 28. Audition date: Feb. 7, 2019

Verbier Festival

Verbier Festival Orchestra 2019 Applications Now Open - French Horn (Apprenticeship/Academy Position). Application deadline: Dec. 17. Audition date: not listed.

Taiwan

Turkey

United Kingdom

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

Principal Horn. Application deadline: Dec. 10. Audition date: not listed.

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Principal Second Horn. Application deadline: July 6. Audition date: not listed.

Corps of Army Music

Horn. Ongoing auditions.

Glyndebourne

(Apprenticeship/Academy Position). Application deadline: Dec. 15. Audition date: see website.

New Generation Festival

French Horn (per service, short-term). Application deadline: May 1, 2018. Audition date: see website, https://www.newgenerationfestival.org/

Royal Air Force

Horn - ongoing auditions.

Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

Section Principal Horn (Joint Section Principal). Application deadline: Nov. 23. Audition date: not listed.

Scottish Chamber Orchestra

Principal French Horn. Application deadline: Dec. 6. Audition date: Feb. 14-17.

Southbank Sinfonia

Horn. Application deadline: July 3. 

Southbank Sinfonia

French Horn (Apprenticeship/Academy Position). Application deadline: July 2. Audition date: not listed.

Thursford Enterprises

Orchestral Brass Players. Application deadline: Not listed. Audition date: Not listed.

USA

Central City Opera

Principal French Horn. Application deadline: Feb. 17. Audition date: Not listed.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Principal Horn. Application deadline: Nov. 30. Audition date: Prelims - Jan. 7, 8. 10, 12. Finals - Feb. 18.

Civic Orchestra of Chicago

Fellowship | Regular Membership | Associate Membership. Application deadline: February 16, 2019. Audition dates: see website.

Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra

3rd Horn. Application deadline: Jan. 7. Audition date: Feb. 11-12.

Shen Yun Orchestra

Horn. Application deadline: ongoing. Audition date: ongoing.

USAF Band of the West

French Horn with Concert Band and Brass Quintet. Application deadline: Oct. 15. Audition date: not listed.

U.S. Army Bands
Horn. Auditions ongoing.

US Marine Music

US Marine Fleet Bands - French Horn vacancies. Application deadline: Jan. 12. Audition date: Jan. 12.

US Marine Corps Musician Enlistment

Horn. Ongoing auditions. For further information please contact Gunnery Sergeant Jonathan Bley at 757-613-8215. Or by e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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