As I embarked on the journey of creating my website, I set the goal for myself to share a more indepth look at my studio and horn teaching. Thus, my desire to blog was born. As we enter the end of summer, I am thinking about the impending fall semester and what we might study as a horn studio.
Last semester, we connected to our horn origins, by researching our horn family trees. The hornists contacted their former teachers and identified their roots within the vast horn community.
I shared my own horn family tree, hoping to show students where my knowledge of horn playing has come from. Students gained further information on the horn community by presenting on a selected individual to the studio. Also, each hornist created a poster of their own tree and shared this with the studio. It was a great way to learn major hornists and see how we are all connected!
The second part of our studio class is performing as the Luther College Horn Ensemble. This year, we learned many new pieces from standard works to more recent and contemporary. We even sang!
For this Fall, I am considering several new pieces for 12 - 16 horns. We can’t wait to welcome seven new hornists into the Luther Horn family! Additionally, we will delve into horn life after graduating from Luther. Learning to navigate this transitional period is vital to future musical success. We will learn how to pursue playing horn after Luther. This does not just involve those who dream to play professionally, but also the students who would like to play as a hobby. We will confront potential challenges that may arise and brain storm solutions. Luther Horns—we have much to look forward to this fall!
However, it is a sunny, beautiful day and it’s time to enjoy our break. So, for now back to summer!