by Larry Willams
I would like to share a new and exciting project that I have been working on with all of you. I have been teaching horn for over 25 years now both privately and at several music schools including the Peabody Institute and Florida International University. In addition to teaching horn, I perform with several orchestras and chamber ensembles and conduct masterclasses as a Yamaha Performing Artist & Clinician. I have wanted to expand my reach as an educator for some time now, and have just launched DMV Horn Academy.
DMV Horn Academy is a center for innovative teaching and mentoring for horn players who want to grow musically and personally while being a member of a positive and supportive community of learners, teachers, and performers. The academy offers horn lessons to students of all levels of experience in the DC, Maryland, Virginia (DMV) region in the US. Online lessons are also available. In addition to lessons, the academy will host a series of Masterclasses, Workshops and Seminars throughout the year. These offerings will take place at colleges, universities, conservatories, and schools across the US and online as well.
I’m really excited about launching this new model. It is not a formal school. Rather, it is a hub for hornists who are interested in growing musically in a supportive and inclusive community of students, teachers, and clinicians.
I am equally pleased that joining me on the faculty are Amanda Collins, Assistant Professor of Horn at the University of Missouri, and Alberto Suarez, Principal Horn in the Kansas City Symphony Orchestra. Both Amanda and Alberto are phenomenal horn players, fantastic teachers, great people to work with, and former students of mine (very proud). Amanda and Alberto and I will conduct masterclasses, workshops and clinics throughout the year, in person at colleges, universities, conservatories and schools, and online as well.
I am very pleased to announce the DMV Horn Academy Summer Horn Seminar, which will be sponsored by Yamaha, Brass Arts Unlimited and Stephens Custom Horns. We will be offering 2 sessions to be held virtually through Zoom videoconferencing:
|Session 1||July 27-31||Middle/High School|
|Session 2||August 3-7||College/Amateur/Pro|
Warm Up & Fundamentals (M-W)
Each day starts off with a warm up session led by our faculty. Participants will warm up alongside them while discussing warm up routines and fundamentals.
Daily Masterclass (M-W)
From playing techniques to audition preparation and repertoire coaching, our faculty masterclasses will focus on all aspects of horn playing: performance, artistry, mental focus, and other topics.
Workshops & Breakout Sessions (M-W)
Each day, our faculty will lead group conversations on a variety of topics, including: Mental Focus, Auditions, Careers, Marketing, Communication Skills, and more. Small groups will be formed and coached by our faculty to find creative and fun solutions to challenges, and then present their solutions to the rest of the attendees.
Private Lessons (M-F)
All participants will receive 3 (45 minute) private lessons with our horn faculty each session.
I hope that you will consider helping us build a great community of horn players.