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John Ericson (and friends) in
On Sunday, Sept. 18, 2:30 PM, in
Katzin Concert Hall John Ericson presented a chamber music recital
featuring works of
Mozart, Beethoven, and Wilder. He was joined by Hannah Creviston
(piano), Alexis Lovelady and Juli Smith (horns), Albie Micklich (bassoon),
Martin Schuring (oboe), and Deanna Swoboda (tuba), and the entire recital
may be seen on YouTube at:
Commentary: As we start the
The fall of 2016 is the start of a new year,
with some changes seen around the ASU School of Music and the horn studio.
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
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!
Dr. Ericson recorded a new CD during the summer of
2015. It is all edited and will be released soon. Titled Rescued!
Forgotten works for the nineteenth-century horn, the following works are on the CD, which is performed on a period 19th
century valved horn, the instrument seen here:
- Serenade, Op. 20 – Louis Bödecker
- Sonata, Op. 7 – Hermann Eichborn
- Resignation, Op. 16 – Charles Eisner
- Lied ohne Worte, Op. 2 – Oscar Franz
- Gondellied, Op. 15 – Karl Matys
- Am Abend, Op. 71 – B. Ed. Müller
- Melancholie, Op. 68 – B. Ed. Müller
- Nocturno, Op. 73 – B. Ed. Müller
- Wiegenlied, Op. 69, No. 1 – B. Ed. Müller
- Lied ohne Worte – Josef Richter
- Sonate, Op. 347 – Fritz Spindler
For more on the project see a series of articles on
Horn Matters that starts here:
Dr. Ericson -- recent accomplishments
Over the summer of 2016 Ericson released three E-publications for French
horn (standard, high, and low horn versions of 35 Melodic Etudes by
Schantl and Meifred). Check
them out at www.hornnotes.com. Also
he launched a video podcast series focusing on innovations and recent
publications in the horn world, including one focusing on his article
“Dennis Brain’s Horns” which was published in the February, 2016 issue of
The Horn Call. The video series may be accessed here:
Recent current and former student accomplishments
Paulina Davison (BM horn performance student) and
Juli Smith (DMA horn performance student) both attended the Rafael Mendez
Brass Institute this past summer.
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
Alexis Lovelady (DMA horn
performance student) attended the Kendall Betts Horn Camp.
Watch the Horn Choir Perform
These videos are a few years old now, but they
still give an idea of what and how the ASU horn ensemble performs:
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For more ASU brass...
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.
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