The ASU Horn Studio

The Arizona State University Horn Studio
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NOTE: The news below is from the spring semester. Be looking for updated news right as the fall semester begins!

ASU orchestral highlights for 2014-15 include Brahms Symphony No. 2, Dvorak Symphony No. 8, Respighi Pines of Rome, and Strauss Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks. It looks to be a great year for our 20 horn majors; be checking back for more news on the ASU horn studio.

Horn Day with Douglas Hill
On April 11, 2015, we will host a horn day event featuring horn teacher and composer Douglas Hill. Save the date!

The day will start at 9:30 AM in G301, a large rehearsal room in the academic wing of Gammage Auditorium, and will focus on horn ensemble compositions by Professor Hill. Highlights will include a recital and the world premiere of a new horn ensemble work by Prof. Hill. All area horn players are welcome to join us for the day; be looking for more details to be posted in the coming weeks.

Recitals this semester!

Stacey DeGarmo (MM), 02/21/2015, 5:00PM, Katzin Concert Hall
Stephanie Martin (Senior), 02/24/2015, 7:30PM, Katzin Concert Hall
Kira Seidel (MM), 03/02/2015, 7:30PM, Katzin Concert Hall
Juli Smith (MM), 03/25/2015, 7:30PM, Katzin Concert Hall
Alex Manners (DMA), 04/11/2015, 2:30PM, Katzin Concert Hall (as a part of our Horn Day event)

There will likely be one additional senior recital as well, be watching here for updates.

Horn on the Range
Arizona has had a print newsletter from our IHS area representative Barbara Chinworth since 1996, and now it has joined the age of social media. Do check out Horn on the Range on Facebook:

Table for Three CDThe Best Brass Trio CD Ever
John Ericson was involved bringing to completion the commission of two significant new works, Table for Three at Chez Janou for French horn, bass trombone and piano by Paul Ferguson and Relationships for horn, bass trombone, and tuba by Elizabeth Raum, both of which were recorded on a just released CD with colleagues Douglas Yeo and Deanna Swoboda. In addition, Ericson prepared for the same recording project new editions of ten trios by Anton Reicha, arranged for horn, trombone, and tuba. For more information see this article in Horn Matters:

Recent student accomplishments:
**DMA horn graduate Gustavo Camacho was appointed Assistant Professor, horn, at Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA. Prior to this he served for four years the full year Instructor of horn at the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan.
**Current DMA student Joel Gilbert was appointed horn instructor at Yavapai College in Prescott.
**DMA horn graduate Rose French, horn professor at Grand Canyon University, performed in recital and presented a session on methods and materials for beginning hornists at the 2014 International Horn Symposium in London.

Jinbao Wagner TubaTwo New Wagner Tubas
In January/February of 2014 we were very pleased to receive two new Wagner tubas for use by members of the ASU horn studio! Wagner, Bruckner, Strauss, and others (more info here) wrote for Wagner tuba in sections of four, with the instruments performed by horn players using horn mouthpieces. ASU for many years has owned only a pair, a Mirafone tenor and bass. However, now we own a full set. First was the receipt of a donation by ASU professor emeritus of horn Ralph Lockwood, a F bass that matched the set perfectly, same vintage and a very powerful low range! It had once belonged to yet another ASU horn professor, Eugene Chausow, which made the donation even more special. Then we were able to fill out the set with the purchase of one more instrument, this Jinbao tenor. With a sound and feel very similar to the Mirafone tenor this instrument fills out the set well. We are very pleased to be able to now use the full set in the horn studio and in ensembles.

Study Horn at ASU
If you are reading this and looking at schools for advanced horn study it is high time to think about applying for fall, 2015 admission! We have solid scholarship support available for students who plan to study the horn in any of our degree programs and will have a TA opening for a graduate student. Our audition requirements are here. Learn more about the ASU admissions process here.

Watch the Horn Choir Perform
The ASU Horn Choir will perform again in the fall on a Brass Area recital. More on that as the date becomes set, but until then feel free to check out these videos of past performances:

We Welcomed a New Triple Horn
ASU has a number of great instruments available for use by students, and in the fall of 2012 we were very pleased to announce that we now have a new Willson triple horn in our roster of instruments. For a look at more see this collection of photos on Facebook.

Become a Fan on Facebook
May of 2012 saw the launch of an upgraded ASU Horn Studio Facebook page! Check it out at Most of the photos from the old Facebook group were moved to the new page, and more new content is on the way. Current and former students, and really anyone interested in horn at ASU, are welcomed to become fans.

Website Envy...
Be sure to also check out the ASU Trombone Studio website and the ASU Tuba-Euphonium Studio website; both are excellent resources and give another view of study in the brass studios at Arizona State..

ASU Mellophones Rule
In 2009 the Arizona State University Sun Devil marching band was the largest in Arizona, with nearly 400 members and a line of 22 mellophones. In 2010 however we smashed this record number with a line of 35 mellophones and we smashed it again in 2011 with a line of 42 mellos! In 2012 we were back to a line of 35 mellophones, but it was in 2013 the largest section in the entire band and has over 40 members for 2014. It is great to see middle brass playing is alive and well! Also note: it is not required at present to be in marching band in any degree program at ASU, horn students are not required to march and only two members of the studio are marching this year.

Updated 1/2015

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