IHS Announces Virtual Workshop 2020

Obviously, the cancellation of IHS 52 is disappointing at many levels. In an effort to provide an opportunity to share information that would have been a part of IHS 52, the IHS Advisory Council has approved our first-ever Virtual Workshop!

This workshop will be limited to presentations that were accepted for IHS 52, and the result will be a collection of videos that will be launched on August 2, 2020, the same day as we would all have been able to enjoy them in Eugene.  All presenters have been invited to participate, and most of them have agreed!

IHS members can look forward to video sessions on mental health, physical health, horn pedagogy, career issues, and a range of research topics from historical instruments and performing practices to women brass players…FOR FREE!  This virtual workshop will be free to all current members.  If you are not currently a member, join NOW.

This Virtual Workshop will be available to members for several months and will serve as part of a new planned collection of educational resources on the IHS website.  Stay tuned for more updates, and a message will go out to all members announcing the start of our first virtual workshop.

Jeffrey Snedeker, curator
IHS Virtual Workshop 2020

The Gift of New Arrangements for Horn Quartet

by John Lynsdale-Nock

john l-nThe founding idea of Corniworld Publications was always about having great arrangements of horn music written by horn players in order to best show the versatility and capabilities of the instrument. The recent pandemic and lockdown restrictions around the world have meant that horn players have found themselves, like many others, in isolation and in need of musical projects to focus the mind.
Almost as soon as lockdowns were announced, it was great to see how musicians from around the globe were finding new ways to keep playing with the use of various apps and home recording equipment, producing music either as solo projects or with others. The internet has allowed musicians to collaborate, not just with colleagues, but with players from around the world. It has been incredible to see musicians adapt to this most unprecedented situation. With this in mind, I decided I wanted to contribute in some way within my musical field - the horn community. With just short of 250 horn arrangements in the catalogue I could have sinply advertised the Corniworld Publications website. Instead I decided to use the extra time I found myself with to produce some new horn quartet arrangements. With so many people facing employment difficulties, it seemed only right to offer these for free. Each day after supervising my two children's home schooling, completing my own online teaching timetable and horn practice, I would set up my laptop on the dining table to indulge in my first love: arranging music for horns. It gave me a focus for each day and a great sense of accomplishment when each arrangement came to fruition. This has led to me completing 6 quartets. Once each arrangement was completed I would upload to the website and advertise the piece via social media. All I have asked is that people would post their performances so I could share via my social media platforms. All can be found at https://www.corniworld.com/free-music. I have been fortunate to have had Corniworld Publications music performed around the world, but this is the first time I have been able collect recordings.The growing collection can be seen both on the Corniworld Publications website and Facebook page. The initial idea has now gone a stage further as I'm now collaborating with a "lockdown" horn group from the USA - "The Unofficial, Unnamed Online French Horn Project" organised by Evan James (EJ Young Music - Youtube Channel). They have come together from across the US to perform and record horn ensemble music. They have very kindly agreed to record pieces from the Corniworld catalogue and we are also producing new arrangements, the latest being "Here Comes The Sun" by G Harrison for 8 horns.

John Lynsdale-Nock started playing the horn aged 12 and has been working as a freelance horn player and horn/brass teacher for over 25 years. He started arranging music whilst at school to broaden the repertoire of his brass quintet. His arranging skills continued to develop with works for various brass and horn ensembles. His pieces have been commissioned by The British Horn Society, Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra horn section, Cyprus Symphony Orchestra Brass section, London Symphony Orchestra horn section, the LSO Discovery (education department) and most recently "The Unofficial, Unnamed Online French Horn Project", a group of American horn players who have come together during the Covid-19 lockdown to perform horn ensemble works.
His works have been performed at horn festivals around the world including Montreal Horn Days and The British Horn Society festivals.

DMV Horn Academy

by Larry Willams


larry williamsI would like to share a new and exciting project that I have been working on with all of you. I have been teaching horn for over 25 years now both privately and at several music schools including the Peabody Institute and Florida International University. In addition to teaching horn, I perform with several orchestras and chamber ensembles and conduct masterclasses as a Yamaha Performing Artist & Clinician. I have wanted to expand my reach as an educator for some time now, and have just launched DMV Horn Academy.

DMV Horn Academy is a center for innovative teaching and mentoring for horn players who want to grow musically and personally while being a member of a positive and supportive community of learners, teachers, and performers. The academy offers horn lessons to students of all levels of experience in the DC, Maryland, Virginia (DMV) region in the US. Online lessons are also available. In addition to lessons, the academy will host a series of Masterclasses, Workshops and Seminars throughout the year. These offerings will take place at colleges, universities, conservatories, and schools across the US and online as well.

I’m really excited about launching this new model. It is not a formal school. Rather, it is a hub for hornists who are interested in growing musically in a supportive and inclusive community of students, teachers, and clinicians.

I am equally pleased that joining me on the faculty are Amanda Collins, Assistant Professor of Horn at the University of Missouri, and Alberto Suarez, Principal Horn in the Kansas City Symphony Orchestra. Both Amanda and Alberto are phenomenal horn players, fantastic teachers, great people to work with, and former students of mine (very proud). Amanda and Alberto and I will conduct masterclasses, workshops and clinics throughout the year, in person at colleges, universities, conservatories and schools, and online as well.

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I am very pleased to announce the DMV Horn Academy Summer Horn Seminar, which will be sponsored by Yamaha, Brass Arts Unlimited and Stephens Custom Horns. We will be offering 2 sessions to be held virtually through Zoom videoconferencing:

Session 1 July 27-31 Middle/High School
Session 2 August 3-7 College/Amateur/Pro

Session Descriptions

Warm Up & Fundamentals (M-W)

Each day starts off with a warm up session led by our faculty. Participants will warm up alongside them while discussing warm up routines and fundamentals.

Daily Masterclass (M-W)

From playing techniques to audition preparation and repertoire coaching, our faculty masterclasses will focus on all aspects of horn playing: performance, artistry, mental focus, and other topics.

Workshops & Breakout Sessions (M-W)

Each day, our faculty will lead group conversations on a variety of topics, including: Mental Focus, Auditions, Careers, Marketing, Communication Skills, and more. Small groups will be formed and coached by our faculty to find creative and fun solutions to challenges, and then present their solutions to the rest of the attendees.

Private Lessons (M-F)

All participants will receive 3 (45 minute) private lessons with our horn faculty each session.

If you would like more information about DMV Horn Academy, please visit: www.dmvhornacademy.com. To learn more about the Summer Horn Seminar, please visit: www.dmvhornacademy/seminar.

I hope that you will consider helping us build a great community of horn players.


Graduation in Isolation

by Klayton Schaefer

klayton schaeferIn May of 2020, I was fortunate enough to graduate with my master’s degree from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music as a student of Denise Tryon. The two years I spent working on this degree were both incredibly challenging and extremely rewarding. In March, like almost every college in the United States, all instruction at CCM moved to distance learning due to the Covid-19 global pandemic. This shift offered up some new and exciting challenges and completely changed every part of my time at school. I had no idea going into it how much this pandemic would change everything I considered to be normal.

At the start of the pandemic, many of my colleagues and I felt overwhelmed by all the drastic changes and measures being taken. When schools started to announce their closures, my entire campus community rushed to retrieve their belongings from lockers and studios not knowing if we would have the chance to return. I tried to remain positive that things would be okay, but being so unsure of the future created a great deal of anxiety. I was sad no longer to have the opportunity to attend my private lessons and classes, perform and work with my colleagues, and go to the numerous events on campus. However, I was comforted to know the school administration and faculty were doing everything that could be done to continue our education as safely as possible.

Going into the pandemic, I was extremely lucky to be living with two fellow CCM horn players. Having these friends helped immensely as we would often warm up and play duets, trios, and orchestral passages together. With the aid of Zoom, I was able to connect with a wider group of friends from CCM and others across the country. Together, we warmed up and chatted about horn history and pedagogy on countless video calls. Being able to connect with these musicians made the end of my degree special.

One of the biggest disappointments during this transition was the cancellation of my master’s recital. I was excited to be able to share the music into which I had put months of work. At first, we were given the possibility of performing to an empty hall, but it quickly became obvious that even this was not a safe option. After careful consideration, Denise and I decided to cancel my recital. This decision certainly left me unsatisfied, but I am hopeful for the day when I can perform another recital. On a positive note, one of the benefits to come from canceling my recital was the opportunity to work on aspects of my playing that Denise and I felt we did not have the time to cover prior to the pandemic. This allowed me to direct focus toward the playing of etudes and fundamental exercises. It felt nice to have the chance to slow everything down and truly focus with no distractions.

The biggest academic requirement I had to finish during the pandemic was passing an oral board. The oral board is a presentation on the history of the horn, its pedagogy, and its mechanics. Thankfully, Denise made preparation as streamlined as possible by providing many opportunities to study the materials with her and another graduate student. The test itself was completed on Zoom during finals week and once it was done, I had officially completed my degree. The immediate feeling of relief and joy was overwhelming. I will always remember hearing Denise tell me I was officially a Master of music.

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Graduating during this time is certainly an experience I will not forget. This pandemic has changed everything we consider to be normal and has made me appreciate the times I spent with all of my teachers, friends, and colleagues at CCM. I was so lucky to spend two amazing years studying with Denise, working with so many wonderful horn players, and exploring as much music as possible. I cannot wait for the day when I can celebrate in person with all of the wonderful people I have met. Congratulations to the entire class of 2020!

A native of Upstate New York, hornist Klayton Schaefer is an active teacher, orchestral, and chamber musician. As a freelance performer, he has played with ensembles in New York state and Ohio, including the Orchestra of Northern New York, Schenectady Symphony Orchestra, and the Northern Symphonic Winds. An active chamber musician, Klayton has played with the Potsdam Brass Quintet, Frackenpohl Brass Quintet, and in collaboration with the Canadian Brass. He has been in masterclasses and coachings with Frøydis Ree Wekre, Bernhard Scully, Anthony Plog, David Wakefield, Joe Alessi, and Lisa Conway.

Klayton completed his Master of Music degree in Horn Performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. He holds a Bachelor of Music in Horn Performance from the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam. His primary horn instructors include Denise Tryon, Elizabeth Freimuth, Lauren Becker, and Joshua Thompson.

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