This fund was established by the Advisory Council of the International Horn Society in 1989. Meir Rimon (1946-1991) was Principal Horn of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and served three terms as Vice-President of the International Horn Society. In memory of our esteemed colleague who had a positive effect on many performers, composers, and audiences around the world, the fund was renamed in his honor in 1992. An annually updated list of works that have been supported by the Meir Rimon Commissioning Assistance Fund may be found below.
The purpose of this fund is to encourage new and significant compositions that feature the horn by offering needed financial assistance to qualified IHS members. Compositions of modest difficulty are particularly encouraged. Awards are granted by the Advisory Council of the IHS, which has sole discretion in the administration of this fund. The fund has a total of $8,000 available annually, but the Advisory Council reserves the right to offer less or more than this amount depending on the nature and merit of the proposed and selected projects. Advisory Council members, IHS staff and symposium host(s) may apply for any programs so long as that person is not on the judging panel or committee deciding on awardees of said program. If they are members of the awarding committee or in the decision making process in any capacity, they must recuse themselves from the deliberation and voting process or withdraw their application.
The next round of applications for the Meir Rimon Commissioning Assistant Grant Fund will be due December 1, 2025. (Applications for this Project will be accepted beginning on September 1st of odd-numbered years. The Composition Contest applications are in even-numbered years.)
- The grant request must be from an IHS member in good standing using the official online application form.
- No more than three commissions will be granted to an individual composer within a ten-year period.
- No more than four funding requests will be granted to an individual IHS member within a ten-year period.
- Pieces which receive funding from the IHS Meir Rimon Commissioning Assistance Fund, may not be entered in the IHS Composition Contest.
- Attach the composer’s current resume, including previous compositions, commissions, awards or recognitions that demonstrate the composer’s creative abilities.
- A brief narrative must be included with this application supporting the significance of this commission, the intended date of completion for the composition, the instrumentation and length of the composition, and the role that the applicant intends to take in the premiere performance and promotion of the commission. In addition, other sources of support for this project should be included in the narrative. These may include, but not be limited to, other people or organizations who have expressed interest in performing or supporting the proposed composition, established ensembles, universities, private, public, governmental and/or corporate foundations.
- Electronic Applications: All applications should be submitted electronically to the Meir Rimon Commissioning Assistance application..
- All electronic applications should be in either MS-Word or PDF format. All Application files will not be returned and will become the property of the International Horn Society.
- Composers selected for the Meir Rimon Grant, need to complete the composition within 2 years. Then the award will be paid upon completion.
Dr. Randall Faust
Chair, IHS Commissioning Assistance Program
NOTE: Previous Rimon award recipients may not enter that piece in the IHS Composition Contest.
Past Commissions Assisted by the Meir Rimon Fund
Dr. Rose Valby has compiled a "Quick Look" introduction to many of the compositions that were created with support from the Meir Rimon Fund.
Completed works that were supported by grants from the Rimon fund include the following (year reflects the year the grant was awarded, not the year of completion of the work):
Hornist Mary Beth Orr, for a work for Horn/voice Soloist (Hornist will also perform as vocalist) and Orchestra: “Her Midnight Ride” by Lydia Lowery Busler.
Hornist Claire Hellweg, for a work for Horn, 2 violins, viola, cello or bassoon: “Kojiki” by Leticia Armijo.
Hornist Lene Skomedal, for a work for Horn, violin, and piano: “Pyramide – Hymnes dans les rêves” by Trond Akero-Kleven.
Hornist John Ericson, for a work for Tuba, Horn, and Electronic Accompaniment by Aliyah Danielle Qualls.
Hornist Andrew Pelletier, for a work for Horn, Bassoon and Piano: “Already” by David Bixler.
Hornist Andrew Pelletier, for a work for Horn, Bassoon and Piano: “Monster of the Week” by Christopher Dietz.
Hornist Jessica Pearce, for a work for Brass Quintet: Horn Feature “Monochrome Metronome” by Gala Flagello.
Hornist Olivier Huebscher, for a work for Natural Horn and Piano: “Evolutions for Natural Horn and Piano.” by Tyler Taylor.
Hornist Lisa Ford, for a work for Horn, keyboard, percussion and electronics: “Trio Plus,” by Hans Ek.|
Hornist Lin Baird, for a work for Horn and Electronics: “Voice Redirected,” by Kerrith Livengood.
Hornist Natalie Higgins, for a work for Horn, Trumpet and Piano: “Banffscapes” by Peter Meecham.
Hornist Sarah Ford, for a work for Horn, Trumpet and Trombone: Brass Trio (Pomegranate), by Ofer Ben-Amots.
Hornist Julie Lynne Rochus, for a work for Solo Horn and String Orchestra: "Evocaciones Liricas for Horn and Orchestra,” by Alexis Aranda.
Hornist Anne Howarth for a work for horn, cello, and piano “Mountain of Buried Light” by Judith Shatin.
Jennifer Sholtis: For “ Cabeza de Vaca” a work for 2 Horns, 2 Percussionists (with a large array or instruments, and sound file by the composer Kerry Turner
Mary Elizabeth Garza- for a Concerto for Horn and Chamber Orchestra “Strut” by the composer Brian Nabors
Michael Thornton for a work for Horn, Flute, and Harp “In a New York Minute” by the composer Adrienne Albert.
Michael Walker for a work for Soprano, Horn, and Piano “Delicioso Hongo” by the composer Francisco Cortes-Alvarez.
Jordan Bennett for a work for Horn and Piano “Undercurrent” by the composer Michael Kahle
Kirsi Manula Johnson for a work for Horn, Trumpet and Electroacoustic Tape by the composer Erica Procunier
Emily Britton for a work for Horn and Piano by the composer Cynthia Wong
Cathryn Cummings for a work for Horn and Piano “Where the Boats Go” by the composer Gaia Flagello
Rachel Boehl for a work for Horn and Harp by the composer Anne LaBaron
Peggy Moran for a work for Four Horns and Rhythm Section “Angelicus redux” by the composer Frank Glover
Stacey Eliason for a work for Horn Solo with optional Electronics
“Musicians of the National Gallery” by the composer Joanna Ross Hersey
Bill Richter for “a work for Two Horns and Piano-Working title “Every Now and Then, Then is Now “ by the composer Adam Wolf
Premysl Vojta for a work for for 8 horns in 2 horn choirs titled “Terre morte” for presentation at the “IHS Festival for the Summer, 2021.” By the composer José María Sánchez-Verdú
Blair Hamrick for a work for the Horn Quartet “Metropolitan Horn Authority” titled “Rush” by the composer Jessica Meyer.
Daniel Wood for a work for the Horn Quartet-Quadre, with piano, and Gospel Choir titled “Terra Sacrum (Sacred Earth)” by the composer Jeff Scott.
Olli Virtaperko, Concerto (natural horn and baroque orchestra)
Chia-Lin Pan, "a work for two horns and piano, based on and around Taiwanese musical themes"
Shawn E. Okpebholo, Wunlit (unaccompanied horn)
Chris Neiner, Trio (violin, horn and piano)
Eric Wubbels, A Horn Trio (Horn, Violin, and Piano)
Jacob Miller Smith, "A composition for prepred horn and live electronics"
Alyssa Weinberg, “a composition for Two Horns and Piano based on the poem THE HOUSE by Warsan Shire”
Andrew Phillips, Harrowing Sky (trumpet, horn, piano)
Barbara York, Personalities (horn, Euphonium, tuba)
Thomas Bough, Alloy 7645 (horn quartet)
Ken Davies, Crystal Kaleidoscope (horn and vibraphone)
Michelle McQuade Dewhirst, Diffusion (horn quartet)
James Naigus, Empyrean Skies (violin, horn, and piano)
Andrew Sigler, To See the Starlings (horn octet)
Jeremy Thurlow, Crooked Consort, (concerto for natural horn and string quartet)
Glen Cortese, Serenata Notturna (horn, trombone, piano, and percussion)
Fernando Morais, Mosaico No. 3 (horn and piano)
Corrado Saglietti, Trio di Velluto (horn, Euphonium, and tuba)
Octavio Vazquez, What a Circus! (horn, tuba, and piano)
Eric Guinivan, Shenandoah Fanfares (solo horn with horn quartet)
Douglas Hill, Returning Home (solo Alphorn and two horns)
Douglas Hill, Three Solo Pieces (Alphorn or natural horn)
James Naigus, Spectra (horn, trombone, piano)
Nick Norton, Gone to the Other Shore (Wagner tuba or horn and tape)
Tyler Ogilvie, Realm’s End (trumpet, horn, bass trombone)
Michael Thurber, Jam Session (horn and piano)
Paul Basler, Passages (horn, flute, piano)
Chase Dobson, Horn Concertino (horn and chamber orchestra, with piano reduction)
Chris Fischer-Lochhead, Sunsetting (19 horns)
Josh Oxford, Trio (flute, electronic horn, percussion)
Tomi Räisänen, Smash!t (Solo horn + ensemble [flute, oboe, clarinet, 2 violins, viola, cello, double bass, electronics])
Philip Spaeth, Quintet for Winds (woodwind quintet)
Gary Schocker, In Arkadia (horn and harp)
Andrew Wolfe, Triptych (horn, trombone, and piano)
Kerry Turner, Couperin Variations "La Bandoline" (horn and piano)
Mark Goodenberger, Brave Wind (horn and field drum)
Dan Welcher, Spring Music (woodwind quintet)
Jason Thorpe Buchanan, Double Concerto (two horns and chamber orchestra)
Michael Daugherty, Prayer (two horns and piano or four horns)
Tomi Raisanen, Väki (horn and tape+live electronics)
Rory Merritt Stitt, Folk Songs from a Fantasia (horn and piano)
Paul Ferguson, Table for Three at Chez Janou (horn, bass trombone, and piano)
Bruce H. Frazier, Collage (horn and piano)
Glenn James, Pastoralia (horn and piano)
Elizabeth Knudson, Alchemy (horn, cello, and piano)
Andre Mehmari, Music for Horn and Piano (horn and piano)
James Naigus, Beale Suite (horn quartet)
Lydia Busler-Blais, Lanterns (horn, flute, piano)
David Cronin, Thrashing the Siren (horn, harpsichord, string bass, percussion)
Timothy Davis, Sonata for Horn and Percussion (horn and percussion)
Johanna Eranko, Finite (solo horn)
Frank Newton, Savannah Vistas (horn, marimba, vibraphone)
Charles Ruggiero, Early Berlin (horn, clarinet, piano)
Jeremy Schreifels, Morningside (horn, piano, drumset)
Andrew Wolfe, The Cave of Souls (horn and piano)
Adam Berndt, Quintet No. 1 (horn and string quartet)
Anthony DiLorenzo, Phoenix (horn and piano)
Mark Olivero, Thunor's Gate (horns and live electronics)
Johanna Murphy, Sonata for Horn and Piano (horn and piano)
Jess Turner, Last Dances of Prospero (horn quartet)
Jeff Myers, L'Histoire de Rimbaud (horn, tenor voice, and piano)
Matthew Saunders, South Africa (horn and marimba)
Isadora Zebeljan, Dance of Wooden Sticks (horn and strings)
Kai Nieminen, Ancient Songs... (Dreaming of Queen of Sheba) (horn and harp/piano)
Daniel Barta, As the Sparks Fly Upward (horn and piano)
John Clark, Fakes and Snakes (clarinet, horn, violin, viola, cello)
Karen Griebling, Suite (horn and piano)
Stanley Glasser, Two for Erik (horn octet with African Instruments)
Justinian Tamusuza, Okukoowoola Kw'Ekkondeere (solo horn)
Carson Cooman, Moon Shards, op 700 (horn, trumpet, alto sax, percussion, piano)
Scott Watson, Concert Piece (horn and concert band)
Charles Rochester Young, Callings (horn quartet)
Raymond Chase, Contradictions (two horns and piano)
Alla Sirenko, Sea Mosaics (double concerto)
Hugh Chandler, Suite (horn quartet)
Robert Rumbelow, Hive (horn choir)
Kerry Turner, Scorpion in the Sand (horn, cello, piano)
Brad Bodine, Rhapsody (horn and percussion)
Andrea Clearfield, Into the Falcon's Eye (two horns and piano)
Paul Basler, Canciones (horn and piano)
Perttu Haapanen, Prism (solo horn)
Eric Ewazen, Woodland Quartet (horn quartet)
Jennifer Margaret Baker, Red Sky at Night (horn, oboe, and piano)
Steven Winteregg, Blue Soliloquy (solo horn)
Michael Kallstrom, Around the Clock (horn and orchestra)
David Maslanka, Sea Dreams (two horns and wind orchestra)
Stanley Friedman, Jerusalem Fugue (horn and string quartet or string orchestra)
Yehudi Wyner, Horn trio (horn, violin, piano)
James Woodman, Chamber Sonata II (horn and organ)
David Maslanka, Sonata (horn and piano)
Kerry Turner, Six Lives of Jack McBride (horn, violin, tenor voice, and piano)
Todd Barton, Apogee (woodwind quintet)
Thomas Benjamin, Horn! (horn and piano)
Verne Reynolds, Trio (horn, oboe, and piano)
Jean-Michel Damase, Trio (horn, oboe, and piano)
David Sampson, Sonata Forty (horn and piano)