The ASU Horn Studio

The Arizona State University Horn Studio
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ASU orchestral highlights for 2013-14 included Beethoven Symphony No. 6, Brahms Variations on a Theme by Haydn, Schubert Symphony No. 9, Strauss Don Quixote, and Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4 -- and a new orchestral/wind group rotation debuted as well. And 2014-15 also looks to be a great year; be checking back for more news on the ASU horn studio.

Horn Day 2014!Jeff Agrell
We hosted a horn day on Saturday, April 5 with special guest Dr. Jeffrey Agrell of the University of Iowa. His bio begins:

Associate Professor of Horn Jeffrey Agrell joined the faculty of the University of Iowa in 2000 after a first career as Associate Principal Horn of the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra. He has degrees from St Olaf College and the University of Madison-Wisconsin, with further study at the Institut de Hautes Etudes Musicales in Montreux and at the Basel Conservatory in Switzerland. At the UI School of Music he currently teaches horn, directs the horn choir, and is a member ofthe Iowa Brass Quintet.

For more information visit the Facebook event page here.

Another regional event ...
...was the Southwest Horn Convention, held May 23-25, 2014 in San Diego. The website is here.

Jinbao Wagner TubaTwo New Wagner Tubas
This January/February 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.

Recitals this semester
Kelsey Anthon, MM, 02/13/2014, 5:00PM, Katzin Concert Hall
Christina Romano, DMA, 02/16/2014, 12:00PM, Katzin Concert Hall
Alex Austin, Senior, 03/01/2014, 7:30PM, Katzin Concert Hall
Rebecca Conrad, MM, 03/02/2014, 5:00PM, Katzin Concert Hall
Angelica Monclova and Kyle Castro, Senior BM, 03/02/2014, 7:30PM, Zoo
Stephanie Martin, Junior BM, 03/08/14, 6:00PM, Tri City Baptist Church
Jessica Cridlin, MM, 04/06/2014, UPDATE: 2:00PM, church (contact for location)
Stacey DeGarmo, MM, 04/08/2014, 7:30PM, Recital Hall
Joel Gilbert, DMA, 04/25/2014, 5:00PM, Katzin Concert Hall

Study Horn at ASU
If you are reading this and looking at schools for advanced horn study it is much too late to apply for fall, 2014 admission but you can plan ahead for 2015! 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.

Ericson -- recent solo performances and upcoming projects
Dr. Ericson performed his solo recital for this year on Sunday, October 20, 2013 at 5:00 in Katzin ConcertHall, including works of Davies, Larsson, Mozart, and Mahler. The other exciting solo performance for him was on Sunday, November 24, of Pele by Brian Balmages with the Wind Ensemble in Gammage Auditorium.

His performance focus for the spring was a chamber music recording project with professors Yeo and Swoboda. That is presently being edited; more news as it becomes available.

KovachGabriel Kovach designs a new triple horn
We are pleased to welcome Principal Horn of the Phoenix Symphony Gabriel Kovach to our horn studio class every semester. Kovach recently helped Patterson with the design of their new triple horn; for an interview on the topic see this article in Horn Matters:

Watch the Horn Choir Perform

Willson-TripleWe 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! For 2012 we were back to a line of 35 mellophones, but still in 2013 it remains the largest section in the entire band. 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.

Low Horn BookNew Books Out!
Horn studio members in recent years have known that Dr. Ericson has been working steadily on a series of new publications. The two most substantial titles were released in the spring of 2011, a technique book and a low range book, through Horn Notes Edition, and 2012 saw the release of three E-books, including a brand new book on playing the natural horn which is described and demonstrated further here.

Updated 6/2014

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