The Arizona State University Horn Studio
Commentary: As we start the
One big change is we have two new horn TAs, Juli Smith and Alexis Lovelady. Juli was a TA last year too, as a MM student, but she is continuing for her DMA. Alexis is new at ASU, having earned her MM at the University of Florida. And we have two new, strong undergrad players coming as well! Overall it is the largest and strongest group of undergrads I have taught since I came to ASU in 2001.
This type of change can be good. With the large group of undergrads we have started an undergrad horn octet in addition to the large horn ensemble. The octet will be coached in part by the TAs, and will be a really interesting addition to the studio.
Orchestra is really important to the horn studio and this past year we had a search at ASU for a new director of orchestras The result is the hiring of Dr. Jeffery Meyer, who comes to ASU from Ithaca College. He has some great rep planned for this year:
Ravel Daphnis Suite 2
Bartok Concerto for Orchestra
And for me there is one other big change, a new brass colleague. We welcome to ASU Dr. Brad Edwards, who comes to ASU from the University of South Carolina. He is well known in the trombone world for his numerous publications and is a wonderful player and teacher. Doug Yeo will be a hard act to follow but I believe that Dr. Edwards is up to the challenge!
With those changes, and with our strong trumpet and tuba/Euphonium studios, 2016-17 will be a great year for horn and brass at ASU! If you are reading this and considering schools, do consider ASU. John Ericson
CD on the way!
For more on the project see a series of articles on Horn Matters that starts here: http://hornmatters.com/2015/03/on-the-single-f-horn-and-19th-century-low-horn-playing-and-solos/
Dr. Ericson -- recent accomplishments
Jacqueline Fazekas (BA horn student) was a participant at the 2016 Eli Epstein Horn Intensive.
Rose French (DMA, horn) performed and presented a session “Horn Players Songbook: Developing Audiation Skills with Folk Music” at the 2016 International Horn Symposium at Ithaca College.
Parker Kaufmann (BM horn performance student) was selected to be a participant at the 2016 National Music Festival in Chestertown, MD.
Christian Lopez and Jonathan Zavala-Molina (both BM music education students) marched in the mellophone section this past summer of the DCI silver medal winning Blue Devils.
Alexis Lovelady (DMA horn performance student) attended the Kendall Betts Horn Camp.
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School of Music, Arizona State University
Tempe, AZ 85287-0405
Phone: (480) 965-4152
Dept. Fax: (480) 965-2659.