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Hello, fellow horn-players!
My name is Julia Burtscher and beginning January 1, 2019 I will be the IHS’ Executive Director. I am committed to continuing Heidi Vogel’s hard work, as she has built a very strong foundation for the health of the IHS. Congratulations, Heidi, on your retirement and IHS Service Medal of Honor!
I earned my Bachelor of Arts in music concentrating in the horn from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music in 1995. I earned a Master of Business Administration from the same institution in 2017, through their online program. In the 22-year gap between those two degrees I’ve spent most of my career in the corporate world in the railroad and transportation logistics software industry. I learn every day and am grateful for the experiences I’ve had. I live in Toledo, OH, and since I was 13 years old I have never stopped playing the horn. It is my first love and brings me joy to play. This is why I’m so excited to be your new executive director. I have been a member of the IHS for a lot of years and know it to be a supportive, positive, productive family of diverse, talented, creative people. This family has a wealth of resources to share to enrich horn players and musicians at any level, and I am so proud to be trusted with this role.
I look forward to getting to know you and cannot wait to begin my new role with the IHS!
Interview of the Month - John Ericson
John Ericson received a 2018 Punto Award from the IHS. Individuals selected for the Punto Award shall have made a major contribution at the regional or national level to the art of horn playing. This contribution can be in any of a variety of areas, such as performance, teaching, research, or service to the IHS. John was recognized for his contributions as a performer and scholar, his past service to the IHS, and his promotion of the horn and its music through his online activities.
Mike Harcrow: "The mission of Horn Matters is: to encourage, inspire, inform, and challenge horn players; and, to promote the best musical instrument ever, the French horn." The Horn Matters mission statement is terrific, John, although a non-hornist might see the second goal as arguable. Do you believe the site is fulfilling its mission?
John Ericson: Our goal certainly is to fulfil that mission—and I believe we have—in that Horn Matters is a site with a positive tone and a big reach worldwide, presently toward 1,500 page views every day.
A word not to miss in the statement is “promote.” One thing every horn player needs to embrace is promotion of our instrument; we certainly could use more players! We hope that the information on the site is supportive to building the overall horn and “middle brass” community.
Of course, HM did not happen overnight. The site launched in September of 2009, making use of content from two existing blog sites: my own Horn Notes Blog and the Horndog Blog of Bruce Hembd. My blog content reaches back to June of 2004, with the underlying site that started it for me being my Horn Articles Online site, launched twenty years ago in August of 1998. Bruce has been online even longer; in 1996 he started the Hornplanet site of Thomas Bacon and the IHS Online. With those varied experiences, the mission of Horn Matters evolved over time as we developed the site you see today.
MH: What are the real strengths of HM, as you see it?
JE: On one level it is a huge website with over 1,500 articles. It has a little of everything in it, not just on the horn but on all the middle brass including mellophone and Wagner tuba.
However, looking a bit deeper, there is a “point-counterpoint” element to the content as well that gives it a bit of extra spark. Bruce and I met as students at Eastman way back in 1984. We are different people but have long had a good working relationship. Either of us, individually, would not have built Horn Matters, but together we were able to create something unique.
MH: Is there anything, as we approach ten years of HM, that you still hope to improve about the site or its content?
Meet Our New President
"50 for 50" Campaign
The IHS AC announces a “50 for 50” campaign for donations to support our general operating budget. We ask all to consider donating “$50 for 50 years” of the IHS which will be used for our general operating expenses which support all our programs. To donate, click on the image below. This link takes you to “Network for Good,” an agency that assists non-profit organizations in collecting donations legally. Fill out the form, putting the phrase “50 for 50” in the “Designation” space.
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The Horn in Jazz History: 100 essential recordings for the Hornist
by Steven Schaughency
The following is a brief synopsis of the presentation given at the International Horn Society’s 50th Symposium. The intent was to introduce the audience to a sampling of the wide variety of musical situations the horn has found itself in over the last 100+ years. Since this space does not allow for an exhaustive or thorough overview, what follows will hopefully provide some basics for further exploration.
Often, a traditional education for hornists lacks any kind of basic overview of jazz history and more significantly, how correct performance practice (to use a classical term) applies to the diverse styles found within the idiom. As outsiders, we occasionally hear something played in a jazz style and think ”oh, that’s nice” but then return to playing and listening to music that our instrument is most associated with. Or we play the wonderful music of Alec Wilder, Doug Hill or some Fripperies and believe that we now have gained all we need to know about playing jazz style music. One can argue, in these situations, that most hornists have never seen the deep, jazz forest through the slightly jazz influenced, classical trees. Where does one start to discover the multitude of musical situations throughout jazz history that have included our instrument? Fortunately, almost the entire history of jazz music has been thoroughly documented through recordings. While performances of jazz certainly do involve on-the-spot improvisation and large sections of music that are never written down, recordings can still give us solid documentation of a moment in time in the development of the music.
The accompanying pdf list of 99 recordings (88 KB) is intended to give players a starting point for finding historically or musically significant tracks. The list is divided into 3 sections: the horn in big bands and orchestras, the horn in small group situations of less than 10 players, and the hornist as group leader.
Denise Tryon Video Interview
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International Horn Society