Michael Hatfield (1936-2020)

The International Horn Society is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Michael Hatfield on July 4, 2020. An extraordinary musician and horn player, a dedicated and inspiring teacher, Michael Hatfield's life and career was a shining example of service; service to his orchestras, his students and colleagues, his academic institutions, his summer festivals and camps, and also to the International Horn Society. A regular feature at IHS Annual Symposia, he served the IHS in two terms on the Advisory Council, was awarded the Punto Award in 2003, and was named and Honorary Member in 2006. His was a long, storied, and influential career, and he will be greatly missed by all. The IHS will be honoring Michael Hatfield in the upcoming October Horn Call.

A more complete biography is on his Honorary Member page. Here is a recording of him performing Dukas Villanelle at the 1983 International Symposium in Charleston, IL.

James Boldin Named New Publications Editor

The International Horn Society is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. James Boldin as its new Publications Editor, after a nearly year-long International search. He will transition into the role over the summer with Dr. William Scharnberg, who is retiring from the position after 17 years of dedicated service to the Society. On behalf of the IHS Advisory Council and Executive Committee, WELCOME to the team, James!

Andrew Pelletier, President


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James Boldin is an Associate Professor of Music at the University of Louisiana Monroe, and maintains a diverse career as an educator and performer. He also serves as Associate Director of the ULM School of Visual and Performing Arts. He has performed and presented at the International Horn Symposium, the International Trombone Festival, the Midwest Clinic International Band and Orchestra Conference, the International Women’s Brass Conference, and numerous state and regional events. Boldin is proud to be a Yamaha Performing Artist, and performs on YHR 671 and YHR 667V horns. He performs extensively with Black Bayou Brass and Trio Mélange, resident faculty ensembles at ULM, and has given recitals and master classes throughout the region and abroad. In 2018, Black Bayou Brass released Scenes from the Bayou (Mark Records), which features several World Premiere recordings for brass trio.

An active orchestral musician, Boldin holds positions with the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra, Rapides Symphony Orchestra, and Monroe Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed with the South Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, Louisiana Lyric Opera, Opera East Texas, and with numerous orchestras in the Midwest. As an advocate for new music, Boldin has commissioned and premiered numerous compositions for horn solo, brass trio, brass quintet, and other chamber ensembles.

His solo recording, Jan Koetsier: Music for Horn (MSR Classics), has been critically praised for “superb playing…on an extraordinarily high level of both technique and communicative abilities.” (Fanfare Magazine). He has authored two books, Solo Training for Horn and Solo Training Duets for Horns (Mountain Peak Music), and has published dozens of articles, reviews, and musical arrangements. In 2012 and 2015, he was awarded Career Advancement Grants from the Louisiana Division of the Arts. Boldin earned the Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he studied with Douglas Hill, and a Bachelor of Music degree from Appalachian State University, where he studied with Karen Robertson. He is a member of The College Music Society, The National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors, and The International Horn Society, and currently serves as IHS area representative for the state of Louisiana.

IHS 52 Cancellation

A message from Andrew Pelletier, President of the International Horn Society

It is with great sadness and with a very heavy heart that we announce the cancellation of IHS52 at the University of Oregon, Eugene. As the months of this pandemic have progressed, it has became clear that the health and safety of our members, vendors and the concert-going public should be first and foremost in our minds.

With the University moving to online instruction for the duration of its Summer Session, and International travel bans still enforced, it is clear that it would be impossible for the Society to move forward with having our Symposium in August.

The Advisory Council would like to express our great thanks and appreciation to Lydia Van Dreel for her excellent organization and her tireless work on this Symposium. Later this summer, we will be announcing this year’s honorees, the new members of our Advisory Council, and will also be unveiling IHS53, so watch www.hornsociety.org for these very important announcements.

The International Horn Society would not exist without our members, and it is for the protection of all that we have made this difficult decision. We look forward to the first opportunity we have to come together, learn from one another, play music together, and enjoy the nobility and beauty of our most incredible instrument.

  • All participant and exhibitor fees will be fully refunded
  • Refunds are automatic — there is no need for you to do anything at the moment
  • When your refund has been processed, you will be notified by email
  • It may take until the end of May for all refunds to be fully processed
    Your patience and understanding is greatly appreciated

Please understand that these are unprecedented times for everyone, and the University of Oregon is handling numerous cancellations and restructuring of courses for online teaching. Your patience is appreciated.

Horn Tunes March/April Challenge

I have a confession to make. I do not like playing cadenzas. Those already included in printed editions don’t cater to my strengths (and often expose my weaknesses), but I don’t like writing my own. I’m working on new cadenzas for an upcoming performance, and it’s been difficult. For this Horn Tunes challenge, I challenge you to submit your cadenzas! Please include which concerto and movement that the cadenza belongs to. Also indicate whether it’s written pitch or transposed for Horn in F. I look forward to seeing your submissions! If I come up with anything worthwhile, I’ll share mine too!

Anna Leverenz, Editor

Please send submissions in PDF format to Email住址會使用灌水程式保護機制。你需要啟動Javascript才能觀看它 with the subject line “Horn Tunes.”

Horn Tunes January/February Challenge: Write an Etude

There are many techniques that can challenge horn players of all levels. This winter, I encourage you to write an etude or exercise that addresses an area you are developing in your own practice. Please title these etudes with the technique developed. For example, “Etude No. 1 (Lip Trills).” These titles will help other hornists find your exercise. Hopefully, your work will help others learn and improve!

I look forward to your submissions! Please send submissions in PDF format to Email住址會使用灌水程式保護機制。你需要啟動Javascript才能觀看它 with the subject line “Horn Tunes.”

Anna Leverenz
Horn Tunes Editor

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