Over time you lose a few details but I do recall the first horn event I attended pretty clearly. It was in 1981, a “Horn Day” event on the campus of the University of Kansas. The guest artist was David Reiswig, who at the time was Principal Horn of the now defunct Kansas City Philharmonic. Hosted by David Bushhouse, the event was spread over a Saturday morning and afternoon and was mostly held in the choral room at KU. At the time I was a music business major at a smaller college, Emporia State University. I recall hearing the KU horn choir perform and students play in a masterclass for Reiswig who among other things talked about fingering choices and tuning. Some ten years later I would work with Reiswig in the Evansville Philharmonic, but that is a story for another day.
It is very important to get to horn events and to think bigger as you grow as a hornist. With that in mind, if you are anywhere near Lawrence, KS this coming weekend you should get to what will be a great horn event, the 2011 Mid-South Horn Workshop, hosted by Paul Stevens. I will be reliving elements of my first workshop experience there to be sure, and also performing, judging, and displaying the products of Horn Notes Edition. Also I should note that Paul and I go way back; we were roommates at the Aspen Music Festival way back in 1982.
Check out the event website, there is a lot going on. And be looking for a short review of the 2011 Mid-South Workshop next week.
If you are there and a regular Horn Matters reader be sure to say hello. Bruce and I are really interested to get your feedback and in particular to know what types of things you would like to see more of in Horn Matters.