Press Releases for September 2, 2013: IHCA Winners and Horn Hangouts

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The International Horn Competition of America was held this past weekend in Louisville, KY, and [UPDATED] the official press release of the results is below.

Announcing the Prize Winners of the 2013 International Horn Competition of America, Professional Division:

First Prize, $2,500 – Haley Hoops (Othmar Schoeck concerto)

Second Prize, $1,000 – Mary Beth Orr (Glière concerto)

Certificate of Honor – Dylan Hart (Strauss 2nd concerto)

First Prize also included a mute by Ion Balu.

All three awardees received a mug from Radu Rusu; a Solo CD recorded by Steve Gross and Dale Clevenger on Summit Records: and a GigBag, a carrier for mutes and accessories, from Julie Gross.

Announcing the Prize Winners of the 2013 International Horn Competition of America University Division:

First Prize, $500 – Lauren Hunt (Strauss 2nd concerto)

Second Prize, $250 – Ryan Little (Strauss 1st concerto)

Certificate of Honor – Ernesto Tovar Torres (Glière concerto)

First Prize also included a Marcus Bonna case from Just for Brass, and a mute by Ion Balu.

All three awardees received a mug from Radu Rusu; a Solo CD recorded by Steve Gross and Dale Clevenger on Summit Records; and a GigBag, a carrier for mutes and accessories, from Julie Gross. Funds for this prize were donated by Peter Kurau.

The $500 Gretchen Snedeker Award for the best performance of Lament by Tim Martin went to Ryan Little.

A special Certificate of Honor and $100 went to Ali Nizamani for his superb performance of Lament by Tim Martin. He also received a Solo CD recorded by Steve Gross and Dale Clevenger on Summit Records; and a GigBag, a carrier for mutes and accessories, from Julie Gross.

Congratulations to all the winners and competitors, and our thanks as well to host Bruce Heim and all the judges for their efforts in bringing the event together.

Willis-release-snipThe second press release of the day (this is a big news day for horn) is on behalf of Sarah Willis, from her Digital Manager, Tim Kelly. It begins,

Berlin, Germany, September 2nd, 2013:

The classical music website, Sarah-Willis.com today launches its 2013-14 Horn Hangouts season. The live-video streamed and interactive Horn Hangouts, with their entertaining and informative interviews of top musicians, are driven by the media-savvy personality of Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra musician Sarah Willis and the technology of Google’s ‘Hangout’ facility and have quickly proved to be an exciting addition to the digital classical music scene.

Combining her impeccable musical credentials as a renowned French horn player with her passion for the latest in digital technology, Sarah Willis brings a fresh perspective to the world of classical music through her website and strong online presence.

The trail-blazing premiere season of Horn Hangouts in 2012-13 saw high profile guests from a wide musical spectrum take part in live broadcast interviews with Sarah Willis, while fielding questions in real time from music lovers from around the globe via social media. Guests not only included world class French horn players such as Dale Clevenger, Radovan Vlatković and members of her own Berlin Philharmonic horn section, but also acclaimed singers such as Barbara Hannigan and Anna Prohaska, brass legends such as Christian Lindberg (Trombone), Håkan Hardenberger (Trumpet)[, ]Carol Jantsch (Tuba), Steven Mead (Euphonium) and performance psychologist Dinka Migic-Vlatković.

The press release continues with more information on the upcoming season of Horn Hangouts, more about Sarah Willis, and contact info and such. The schedule is posted in her website. Actually, I was rather surprised on checking her site this morning to be greeted by this message:

Please update to a modern browser
The site you are visiting can only be viewed using a modern browser. Please upgrade your browser to increase safety and your browsing experience.

I got the same message in Google Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Safari on my home computer and Safari on my iPad. At that time one could click through anyway on a link on the page and it directed you to I gather an older version of the website. Right now, a couple hours later, I seem to however be getting right to the actual, current website.

Those are the press releases for the day! Congratulations to the IHCA for a successful event and best wishes to Sarah Willis on another year of Horn Hangouts.

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