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Something my father used to often say, of big projects, was that “Rome wasn’t built in a day.” That is a very appropriate thought,...

Received recently was a message with questions on my CD project that I mentioned in the summer/fall. It is coming! The articles on this...

In the Horn Matters inbox this past week was this brief question: Hi! I'm performing these two pieces for a  exam next week. Any final artistic or...

Two more new publications have arrived, designed to help build intonation and technique and available through Horn Notes Edition. Great technique is a must. Toward the...

This article of tips on taking auditions was originally posted to the site in early 2009, but was later cut (along with a large group...

Available now from Horn Notes Edition is the first of several publications for 2016, a group of twelve etudes I have composed in a modern...

With the 2016 New Year we are offering a new format and pricing structure for our banner ads. We have had banner ads at Horn Matters...

Quite a few commercial recordings are now showing up on YouTube. Not long before Christmas I discovered in fact that the full content of...

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Opera winds In preparation for an upcoming performance at a double reed convention, the wind section of the Arizona Opera Orchestra had some pictures taken. That's...

Teaching -- more art than science? I occasionally lurk -- read, but do not participate in -- the various horn discussion groups. Interesting topics come...

One of the great orchestral works featuring the horn is the Symphony No. 5 of Mahler. The full work itself has six horn parts....

In regard to a previous post - "Dreams and Goals; Music Performance and Music Education" - I have gotten some feedback though private emails,...

On predatory practices. In the global corporate world, a big fish eating a little fish is a common, acceptable practice. Most large corporations have entire...

"The good critic is he who relates the adventures of his soul among masterpieces." --Anatole France As the word spreads on the New York Times...

Continuing this brief series on the F horn and the 19th century, spending close to two months mostly playing the F horn on period solo...

Back a few months ago I recorded with my colleagues Douglas Yeo and Deanna Swoboda (more here) a brass trio CD. Jumping forward to...
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