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IHS E-Newsletter

IHS E-Newsletter

‍Volume 6, Issue 4, October 2021 


Dear , ‍

I hope you are healthy and well!! I’m very happy to write to you and to be able to say that the pandemic situation in Brazil is allowing more and more in-person activities throughout the country. Even with a lot of caution still needed, our semester here at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte, for example, will finally allow practical activities—such as horn lessons—to take place in person. The situation is different around the world, but knowing that more and more artists can perform for in-person audiences, that classes are happening face-to-face, and that we are able to do what we love without always being in front of a screen is motivating.

It was also very motivating to watch the 70th ARD International Music Competition!! The horn was one of the instruments featured this year, and most of the competition was broadcast live—and much of the content is still available. Wonderful young players making music at such a high level is very inspiring for sure, especially in the global context in which we live. 

With this motivation and excitement, I present to you this newsletter. The content includes a video discussion with James Hampson and his colleagues about their corno da tirarsi collaboration. We also have the pedagogy column, as usual, news about IHS54 and much more! Speaking of IHS54, I can’t wait to meet you next year at the Symposium. After almost two years going digital, it will be inspiring and motivating to be in Kingsville, Texas. Save the dates, August 1-6, 2022, and plan to be there. It will be great!!

And for those of you who still have not ordered the book, The International Horn Society: The First 50 Years, don’t miss this opportunity. You can place an order at What an incredible work by Jeffrey Snedeker!! Bravo!!!

With the wish that this whole health situation improves, have a great month!!

Hugs (as we say in Brazil),

‍Thank you, Kristina!


Please join me in offering a note of sincere gratitude to Kristina Mascher-Turner for her years of service to the International Horn Society—and from me personally and especially for her role as editor of Horn and More for the past several years. In the first edition of Horn and More in February 2015, IHS president Jeff Nelsen said that the e-newsletter was to be “a great mix of information about horn events, performers, performance, pedagogy and more…featuring different countries around the world, and as many different horn-related topics as possible.” Kristina ran with these goals and fostered them in her editorial assistants, among whom I have been honored to serve. She has solicited rich and engaging content and presented us with players, events, and ideas that inspire. She is a wonderful encourager, and her love for people and the magnificent instrument which brings us together is sincere, sourced in an effervescent personality and a joyful soul. (It’s very easy to be effusive about Kristina because, as many of you know well, it’s all true!) 

Kristina, yours are big, big shoes to fill, but I thank you—and Andy Pelletier, James Boldin, and the outgoing IHS administration—for entrusting the responsibility of the Horn and More editorship now to me. Thank you for giving so fully and beautifully of yourself to us all.

Mike Harcrow, Editor, Horn and More

Slide Horn Roundtable

by James Hampson, with Shanyse Strickland and Susan Anderson

In a live-streamed recital this summer at IHS53, Dr. James Hampson premiered Lazy Bones, a new work by Shanyse Strickland for a newly (re)designed instrument, the slide horn, or corno da tirarsi, built by Susan Anderson. Here, the three artists engage in a roundtable discussion about the power of collaboration between builder, composer, and performer:

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Lazy Bones is a piece exploring the movement of bones, the human body’s physical foundation which interacts with everyday life in a world that is constantly changing around us. The design of the human body, its functions, and, most importantly, the dexterity it possesses, is something that has always been a fascinating phenomenon which moves beyond science into the spiritual world. Lazy Bones explores different events one experiences in life while presenting the horn in some familiar and some not-so-familiar territories; Lazy Bones tells a story as much as it provides a demonstration of what the slide horn can do. Strickland sees this piece as opening doors for more composers to write specifically for this instrument in new ways.

Susan Anderson is a repair technician and instrument builder in Portland, Oregon. She got her start in brass instrument repair during her undergraduate years at the University of North Texas, and she founded Jackalope Brassworks in 2012 while completing her master’s degree in horn performance at the University of Oregon. The project's original intent was to make a historically informed instrument more accessible to horn players by combining a custom slide with an ordinary posthorn. Adapting the design to complement the demands of modern composition was, for Susan, a fun challenge.

Shanyse Strickland is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, and arranger from Akron, Ohio. Shanyse received her undergraduate degree in horn performance at Youngstown State University and a...

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In Memoriam, Vicente Zarzo

by José Zarzo

v zarzo 190Vicente Zarzo passed away on September 14, 2021, at the age of 83. He was not only a great father, but he was also one of the greatest Spanish hornists of all time and one of the great horn players of the 20th Century.

He started his musical education at the academy of the local Wind Symphony Band, UniĂłn Musical de Benaguacil, in his village in Valencia. Afterwards, he studied under Miguel Falomir at the Conservatory of Music in Valencia. Falomir was principal horn with the Valencia Orchestra, and he invited my father whenever he needed an extra. My father remembered especially well the first performance in Spain of Mahler's 3rd Symphony with the Valencia Orchestra.

He studied one year with Hans Noeth in Munich. Noeth was principal hornist with the Residenz Theater, now the Bavarian State Opera.

My father started his professional career as hornist with the Barcelona Opera Orchestra for two seasons, followed by one season with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra (1960/61), then a three-month tour with the American Wind Symphony Orchestra, based in Pittsburgh, USA.

From 1961-1968, he was co-principal horn with Gerald Thatcher (uncle of James Thatcher) in the National Symphony Orchestra of MĂ©xico. During this time, whenever the late Fred Fox came to play as an extra, my father took lessons from him. He considered Fred his greatest teacher, and they became great friends.

From 1968-1998, he was principal with The Hague Philharmonic, Het Residentie Orkest. With this orchestra, he played many concerts as a soloist (Mozart concertos 1, 3, and 4; Strauss concerto 1; Haydn concerto 2; the Britten Serenade, etc.) under eminent principal conductors Willem van Otterloo, Jean Martinon, Ferdinand Leitner, Hans Vonk, and Evgeny Svetlanov. During his years in The Netherlands, he served as guest principal with The Concertgebouw Orchestra under Carlo María Giulini, and he was professor at the Conservatories of Amsterdam and The Hague.


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IHS: The First 50 Years

first 50 coverInternational  Horn Society: The First 50 Years commemorative book is almost here! We are expecting delivery near the end of October and will start shipping our pre-orders soon thereafter. We know you will be enthralled with this book—it includes something for everyone! Combining the visual aspects of a coffee table book with the substance of a history book, over its 250 pages, you will find chapters on IHS forerunners (by William Melton), how the IHS was formed, its programs and activities, including all of our international workshops/symposia, and its people! Please visit to order your copy. Want to know more? Take a listen to our podcast on the making of the book, found on, "Bonus Episode: IHS 50th Anniversary Book."

IHS53: Our ONE Horn Community

ihs53 logo 190LAST CALL to access IHS53: Our ONE Horn Community! The symposium remains open and available until November 22! We hope you are continuing to enjoy all of the amazing presentations and recorded live-streams from our week-long online symposium in August. You can still register for access as there is still plenty of time to enjoy the masterclasses, lectures, and performances! Visit for links to the online symposium, registration, and SWAG! 

Pedagogy - About Teaching

Hervé Joulainby Hervé Joulain

When starting to plan seriously to bring our most promising students to the highest level (I mean becoming world-class performers), there is an essential argument that is, to me, not considered often enough. In the chapter entitled Musicality in my book, Advanced Method for Horn (Phoenix Publications), I call it the problem of gravity.

As long as I have been teaching, listening in turn to etudes, excerpts, or concertos, I have noticed students over-playing a phrase or motif. Not satisfied with looking after their air or fingerings, horn players accompany the musical line with excessive physical movements. This lack of restraint can make the playing seem heavy and exaggerated. Despite their good intentions, this moves them away from what they wanted to convey musically. All the excess motion disturbs the flow of the music and indicates that they haven’t really got a clue what is happening with the phrase.

The bulk of our repertoire uses the two upper octaves (mid-range and high). If this is the default position in our minds, then everything below it ends up low in every sense of the word. If we play thinking upwards, as a singer would, it brings a lightness, ease, and brilliance to our playing, whereas playing to the bottom can be inelegant and can constitute an obstacle to music-making.

Such relaxation also keeps us listening to the intonation of the piano, with whom we frequently have a dialogue. An image comes to mind of the way gravity pulls an object downwards with the weight of the air above it. A first marker of progress can be to record oneself before attempting to correct something. This is always a good idea, as the recording asks us first to act then to critique.

But the best way to solve the sound-color problem caused by an excess of theatrics is to adopt the standard range as a technical recipe: not tinkering with the three standard octaves prevents the distortion of...

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I am thrilled to be the host for the upcoming IN-PERSON symposium! 

IHS54 takes place at the Texas A&M University Kingsville Music Education Complex, a beautiful and spacious facility completed in January 2020. The University is located in the historic town of Kingsville, Texas, built on the donated lands of the world-famous King Ranch. 

Ranching traditions continue to be a way of life here, and one needs to only venture a short distance to encounter abundant wildlife. This area inspires the symposium theme Untamed Horn. Let it also inspire your presentations, performances, and compositions for the symposium.

I invite all of you to unleash your inner cowboy and join us August 1-6, 2022 for the 54th International Horn Symposium!

Jennifer Ratchford Sholtis, IHS54 Host


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Mike Harcrow, Editor
Ab Koster, Pedagogy Column
Dan Phillips, Technical Editor
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Serina Turrieta
Lydia Van Dreel


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