Clevenger on How Many Auditions, and How Many it Took Me

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The horn world has been abuzz for the past few weeks with the retirement of Dale Clevenger from the Chicago Symphony, who served as Principal Horn from 1966-2013. Of the interesting links and articles I have seen among the more interesting to me was a by a retired psychologist in Chicago, Gerald Stein. He is […]

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A 1982 Horn Right Hand Position Survey: Part I, The Basics

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I will be presenting three sessions at the upcoming IHS International Horn Symposium, and the next three weeks I plan to spend a week focusing on each to prepare them all. First up on my agenda is a survey on right hand position. Back in 1982 one of my predecessors at Arizona State University Ralph […]

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In Praise of the Olds F Alto

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Annually our church has a retreat over Memorial Day weekend up at a camp in the mountains near Prescott. Most years I have brought along a mellophone for praise band duties. However, this year I decided to take along a slightly more compact Olds F alto. This instrument is similar to an Altonium (described here) […]

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Why go to the IHS Symposium? Check out the Sessions and Master Classes

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As part of a cleaning project at home I stumbled across my folder from the 1983 International Horn Workshop in Charleston, IL. It occurred between the junior and senior years of my college study (I was then a student at a small college in Kansas) and it was one of those inspirational life events that […]

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Letters from my Teachers

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Since the end of school I have been working on a major cleaning project at home, time to get rid of some things and get reorganized. Among the projects accomplished was reducing and repacking better some stored boxes of letters. I reduced the total volume by about a third (junk mail? cancelled checks?) but did […]

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Why You Might Need Dimes

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A few months ago I helped a student with small hands put vintage dimes on their horn. What she said in a note a week later is really all that needs to be said on the topic: Just so you know, those dimes on my horn are amazing! It’s so weird to actually be able […]

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Verne Reynolds, Gardener

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One way to know someone is by their hobbies. The name of Verne Reynolds should be familiar to Horn Matters readers, as Bruce and I both studied with him at Eastman and he was not only the long-time horn professor there but also a composer of some note. I have a few personal reflections here […]

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