Geoff Collinson

collinsonGeoff Collinson was principal horn of the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra (1990-2000), a member of the Canberra Horn Consort (1983-1988), and head of the brass department at the University of Melbourne (2000-2010), is founder and co-director of the Melbourne International Brass Festival, and is founder and Managing Director of The Music Page, a website dedicated to making musical performances and music education available to anyone over the internet. His dedication to music and music education make him an important influence in Australia's music world.

Collinson began studying horn in Melbourne in 1979, moving to Canberra in 1993 to study with Hector McDonald. Hector’s influence and passion for teaching has always been an inspiration to Geoff and has led to him teaching at all levels throughout his career. His aim has always been to teach others how to learn through the study of their instrument.

He has also been guest principal horn of the Sydney Symphony, Queensland Symphony, and Australian Chamber Orchestra; he has served as brass tutor at the Australian Nation Music Camp; and he was resident at the Banff Centre for Performing Arts in 2003.

Collinson received the Punto Award at the IHS workshop in Brisbane, Australia in 2010.

Hector McDonald

mcdonaldHector McDonald has been principal horn with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra and Concentus Musicus Wien since 1989, performing on the Vienna, Baroque, Classical, natural, and modern double horn. Over his 45-years playing brass instruments, he has also played tenor horn (alto horn in the US), euphonium, and trombone.

McDonald was born in Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia in 1953. He studied at the Sydney Conservatorium with Alan Mann and later with Campbell Barnes and Hermann Baumann. He played in the RAAF Band and the ABC Training Orchestra before becoming a member of the Berlin Philharmonic 1976. He returned to Australia in 1980 to teach at the Canberra School of Music. His playing and teaching have influenced horn playing in Australia and around the world.

McDonald performs as soloist with leading orchestras in Europe, the US, South-East Asia, and Australia. He is professor of horn at the University for Music and the Performing Arts in Graz, Austria ( and appears regularly at workshops and seminars around the world. He has recorded solos and chamber music, including Weber's Concertino and Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante K.297b on natural horn as well as concertos by Haydn, Telemann, Förster, and Teyber.

McDonald received the Punto Award at the IHS workshop in Brisbane, Australia in 2010.

photo by Bubu Dujmic

Peter Luff

luff2Peter Luff hosted the 2010 IHS Symposium in Brisbane, Australia, at the Griffith University Queensland Conservatorium where he is on the faculty. He is also associate principal horn with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra. Luff cites Barry Tuckwell as his role model, and Tuckwell was Patron of the symposium. Luff also admires Hector McDonald and the American Horn Quartet, and they were featured artists at the symposium.

Luff was born in Perth, Western Australia. He received a music scholarship to attend Churchlands Senior High School, where he developed his interest in the horn. He continued his studies at the University of Adelaide's Elder Conservatorium, graduating in 1986 and taking a position with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra. He has earned a master's degree and is currently pursuing a doctoral degree at Queensland Conservatorium.

Luff has performed with the Adelaide Symphony, West Australian Symphony, State Opera Orchestra of South Australia, Queensland Philharmonic, Queensland Wind Soloists, and Southern Cross Soloists. He has published and recorded arrangements for the Southern Cross Soloists.

Luff has conducted brass ensembles, wind ensembles, youth orchestras, and the Queensland Orchestra. He has tutored horn students at institutions and music camps in Australia, Korea, Japan, and the US and has adjudicated competitions at the Australian Academy of Music and Education Queensland's Fanfare competition.

Luff was honored with the Punto Award at the 2010 IHS Symposium.

Fred Fox

fox-2Fred Fox was honored at age 97 with the Punto Award at the 2011 International Horn Symposium in San Francisco. At the symposium, Fred presented an inspiring early morning session on playing accurately by applying the “hanging lip” or “sure shot” principle. He enlivened a panel discussion with his Hollywood colleagues Jim Decker, George Hyde, Alan Robinson, and Gene Sherry. His book Essentials of Brass Playing has been a bible for not only horn players but other brass players as well since its publication in 1974.

Fred was born in 1914 in Brooklyn NY and studied violin before he took up horn. He graduated from Juilliard and studied with Robert Schulze, Joseph Franzl, and Bruno Jaenicke. He was first horn in the National Symphony (1931-32), Minneapolis (1934-37), and Los Angeles (1944-46, following Alfred Brain), and then solo horn with the Paramount and RKO studios. He also played with the Chautauqua Symphony (1934) and toured with Xavier Cugat (1954), Stan Kenton (1956), and the Roger Wagner Chorale (1965).

One time when Fred was first horn in the Minneapolis orchestra and Ormandy was the conductor in Tchaikovsky's 5th, the dress rehearsal went poorly and Fred was called to the office. The concert was terrific and all the orchestra wondered what Ormandy had said to him. Ormandy told them, “I simply said he was good and not to worry.”

Fred has taught at the University of Southern California, Music Academy of the West (Santa Barbara), Pepperdine College, and California State University in Los Angeles and Northridge. His students include Howard Hillyer, Henry Sigismonti, Hyman Markowitz, and Richard Linenhahn, Daniel Katzen and Jim Thatcher.

Since retiring from playing in 1969, Fred and his wife have traveled extensively. Fred has continued teaching part-time because he enjoys it, but although he practices, he “found life more interesting not worrying about jobs.” An early experience affected his outlook. At a lesson in 1930 with Bruno Jaenicke, Jaenicke told him, “Today we had a new conductor in the Philharmonic, and he told me how to phrase the Tchaikovsky 5th horn solo. He was wrong. I would have stood up and resigned from the orchestra, I have enough money, but what would I do? Sit by the fireplace and become an old man?” Fred determined then that he would “leave horn playing before it left me.”

Fred has contributed articles to The Horn Call: “The Key to High Notes on the Horn” (February 1971); “Playing a Simple Crescendo-Diminuendo on Middle ‘G’” (May 1971); “A ‘Sound’ Formula for the Hand Position in the Bell” (April 1979); “’Bull’s Eye’” (April 1981); “Decreasing ‘Clams,’ Increasing Virtuosity” (May 1998); and “1938 New York Philharmonic Horn Section” (February 2009). In addition to Essentials of Brass Playing, he has published a book of poetry: Kaleidoscope: The Many Facets of an Octogenarian, Everett Press, 1998.

In his now “old age,” Fred says a prayer each night! He looks up and says, “If anyone is listening, thank you for another nice day!”

Ron Lemon

lemonRon Lemon has contributed to music and music education, principally in West Texas. He taught horn and brass methods at West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas, from 1976 to 2008 and played principal horn in the Amarillo Symphony from 1976 to 2003.

Ron has deep roots in West Texas. He was born in 1935 and grew up in Lubbock, Texas, attending Lubbock High School and earning degrees in music education and performance at Texas Tech University. He played in the Lubbock Symphony horn section during high school and his years at Tech. His horn teachers included Guy Knowles, J.W. King, and Robert B. Taylor.

After leaving Texas Tech, Ron joined the US Navy Band in Washington DC, where he eventually served as principal horn and soloist. During his stint with the band, he performed for President Kennedy's inauguration and his funeral.  Next he went to the New Orleans Philharmonic for five seasons, three as principal horn. He also performed one season as principal horn with the Mobile (Alabama) Symphony.

Returning to Texas Tech, Ron completed a Master of Music degree under Anthony Brittin (also a Punto Award recipient) and again performed with the Lubbock Symphony. He has also studied horn with Barry Tuckwell, Philip Farkas, Dale Clevenger, and Abe Kniaz. He performed four summers as principal horn with the Brevard Music Festival Orchestra and twelve summers as principal horn and soloist with the New Hampshire Music Festival Orchestra. Before joining the faculty at WTAMU, he taught at Emporia State University in Kansas, where he performed and toured with the Mid-America Woodwind Quintet.

Ron’s son Jim plays horn professionally in Cape Town, South Africa, with the Cape Town Symphony and Opera Orchestra, and has also performed for eight months with the Barcelona (Spain) Symphony.

Ron was nominated for the Punto Award in 2012 by Bill Scharnberg, host of the International Horn Symposium in Denton TX.

Anthony Brittin


Anthony (Tony) Brittin was the professor of horn at Texas Tech University in Lubbock from 1963 to 2002. During that time, he also played principal horn in the Lubbock Symphony (1970-2004), Midland/Odessa Symphony (1963-1977), and Roswell, New Mexico Symphony (1967-2004).

Tony was born in 1937 and went to high school in Auburn, Alabama, where he studied horn with David Herbert. Herbert attended Carleton College in Minnesota, where Jim Winter (an IHS Honorary Member) was a classmate. Tony then studied with Joseph White at Florida State University in Tallahassee.

His first job was teaching junior high band in Mobile, Alabama and playing first horn in the Mobile Symphony, a valuable learning experience. He then went to New York City to study with James Chambers at the Manhattan School of Music for his master’s degree, free-lancing, which included subbing and playing extra with the New York Philharmonic.

He built the horn program at Texas Tech from 4 students to 24. His students include Johnny Pherigo (past president of the IHS and former editor of The  Horn Call), Paul Miller, Bruce Gifford, Alton Atkins, David Atchison, and Cara Kizer-Aneff. Many students who started at Texas Tech have gone on to complete degrees at other music conservatories and find work with major orchestras. At first, the program at Texas Tech had no applied music degrees (a performance degree was added later), so the students studied for music education degrees. “I am equally proud of my students who became teachers or went into other fields,” he said, “and am happy that I was part of their development.”

Tony played in the faculty wind quintet (Mariah Winds), brass quintet, and other chamber music, and was active as a soloist, clinician, and adjudicator.

Tony was at the first horn workshop in Tallahassee, Florida in 1969. He had studied with two Horner students. When he played for Horner, Horner liked his playing but recommended that he move the bell over on his knee so that the sound would project more. Tony believed that to be excellent advice. He attended many other workshops, including the third and fifth, and comments, “The IHS is to be commended on the way it runs itself.”

Tony was nominated for the Punto award in 2012 by Bill Scharnberg, host of the International Horn Symposium in Denton TX.

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