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


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 […]

Siegfried's Call - Close the Gap

Hook up your Low Range


Every year after ensemble placement auditions at ASU thoughts will come to mind. I was really happy overall with the quality and results of the auditions, but as I reflect on them a theme has been low range power. In short, you have to have some power in the low range and it is a […]

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Alphorn World Record!


Yesterday a world record was smashed! The old record was 366 alphorns, but according to Reuters, “508 players broke a record set in 2009.” Read the full story here, with a great overall photo of the world record group. I got to the article via Facebook (hat tip to TM), and was particularly interested see […]

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Twelve Characteristics that Define Great Hornists


This next year I plan to devote significant time to completing several book projects, and in one of those I plan to include a foreword on the topic of characteristics that make and define great horn players. The list will be more fully fleshed out later, but I thought it would be a good idea […]

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Mellophone Reality Show: DCI Horn Cam 2013


One part of the horn world we like to peek into periodically at Horn Matters is the mellophone world. The DCI season just ended and I was very intrigued by this reality video, produced by DCI, of the 2013 Carolina Crown victory encore. The video was posted on Aug 11, 2013 and as noted on YouTube you […]

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You Should Go! And a Quick Guide to IHS Memphis

With the International Horn Symposium coming at the end of this month in Memphis it is time for our quick Horn Matters guide to the event. First though, if you are on the fence about going, GO! There is wall to wall horn every single day and you will find even just one day there […]

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Technique builder: Take the Clarke 120 Challenge


Back last year I posted a technique packet PDF, and among the exercises it contains a version of the Clarke second study, a Classic exercise which passed into the public domain recently. I have used this exercise for years but have at times left it for periods of time. I realized as I was getting […]

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