The ASU Horn Studio

The Arizona State University Horn Studio
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This Fall semester is the beginning of a great year for our 18 horn majors. Highlights for the semester include:

  • Oct. 9, 2015, 7:30 p.m., ASU Gammage. The ASU Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Pacific Symphony's Director and Conductor, Carl St. Clair, presents Shostakovich's "Intermezzo from Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk" and "Symphony No. 10."
  • Oct. 20, 2015, 7:30 p.m., Katzin Concert Hall.The New York Brass Arts Trio including Joe Burgstaller, trumpet, David Jolley, horn and Haim Avitsur, trombone, present a recital of music for brass in the fun, infectious yet serious style for which they are critically acclaimed.
  • Nov. 18, 2015, 7:30 p.m., ASU Gammage. The ASU Symphony Orchestra, conducted by The Dallas Symphony's Assistant Conductor, Karina Canellakis, presents Mahler's Symphony No. 9.

And don't forget the two degree recitals this semester!

  • Alex Manners -- DMA recital, Saturday, 10/03/2015, 2:30PM, Katzin Concert Hall
  • Nicole Sanchez -- Senior recital, Saturday, 11/07/2015, 5:00PM, Recital Hall

NEWS: ASU Horn Day 2016!
The ASU Horn Studio is pleased to hold a horn day on January 30, 2016 featuring guest artist Eli Epstein. All are welcomed to attend this free event, which will feature horn ensemble performances, master classes and much more.

Eli Epstein enjoys a multi-faceted career as performer, educator, conductor and author. Epstein was second horn of the Cleveland Orchestra (1987-2005), and horn professor at the Cleveland Institute of Music (1989-2005). He has appeared several times as soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Cleveland Orchestra.

Epstein left Cleveland in 2005, and moved to Boston to devote more time and energy toward educational and creative endeavors. He is currently on faculty of New England Conservatory and Boston Conservatory. At NEC, Epstein is on the college faculty, NEC at Walnut Hill, and Brass Chair of the Preparatory School and School of Continuing Education. His former students hold posts in major orchestras throughout the U.S. and Canada.

For more information on the event itself contact Dr. John Ericson at Arizona State. For more on Epstein please vist his website:

The Facebook event page is heret:

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, 2016 admission! We have solid scholarship support available for students who plan to study the horn in any of our degree programs and will have not one but two TA openings for a graduate student (MM or DMA level). Our audition requirements are here. Learn more about the ASU admissions process here.

CD on the way!
Dr. Ericson recorded a new CD this summer, in editing right now. Works on the CD, which is performed on a period 19th century valved horn:

  • 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. Mülller
  • Melancholie, Op. 68 – B. Ed. Mülller
  • Nocturno, Op. 73 – B. Ed. Mülller
  • Wiegenlied, Op. 69, No. 1 – B. Ed. Mülller
  • 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 in Print
His article "A 1982 Horn Right Hand Position Survey: Tips, Notes, and More," based on a survey conducted by former ASU horn professor Ralph Lockwood, was published in the May, 2015 issue of The Horn Call, the journal of the International Horn Society. The presentation that is the basis of the article is described in articles starting here:

Recent Former Student Accomplishments
ASU horn DMA graduates Gustavo Camacho and Rose French jointly presented a lecture-recital at the 2015 International Horn Symposium in Los Angeles. The topic was “One Branch from the Great Reynolds Tree,” focusing on the works and pedagogy of the late Verne Reynolds. Camacho and French are horn professors at Western Washington University and Grand Canyon University, respectively.

ASU horn DMA graduate Derek Wright was a semi-finalist in the professional division of the prestigious 2015 International Horn Competition of America. Wright is presently a very active hornist in the Dallas/Fort Worth metro area.

Watch the Horn Choir Perform
The ASU Horn Choir will perform again in the fall on a Brass Area recital, this year on October 28. Until then feel free to check out these videos of past performances:

Become a Fan on Facebook
Check us out at 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..

Coming next semester...
Two Wagner tubas will be used for our performance of The Rite of Spring! More on that then...

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 had over 40 members for 2014! 2015 finds large numbers of players again with a section of 35 players. 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. But proud to note that horn studio member Kaylea Payne is a 2015 drum major, the second one in recent years from the horn studio.

Updated 11/2/2015

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Phone: (480) 965-4152
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