Horn Area NEWS!

UPCOMING Horn Events!

IU Brass Choir Concert Featuring Jeff Nelsen

March 30th, 5 p.m. Auer Hall

The eclectic career of internationally acclaimed hornist Jeff Nelsen comprises a true cross-section of the music industry. For over twenty years, he has succeeded in both classical and contemporary music and has been inspirational as both musician and mentor. He is best known as the hornist of the Canadian Brass, with whom he toured and recorded for 8 years. As a horn soloist, he has performed concerti with orchestra, and his uniquely engaging recitals on five continents.

Thomas Jöstlein Masterclass

April 14th, 7 p.m. room M242

Thomas Jöstlein began as Associate Principal Horn with the St. Louis Symphony in April 2010. Most recently, he served as Assistant Professor of Horn at the University of Illinois, leading the charges in the Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra and Ian Hobson's Sinfonia da Camera while teaching horn and orchestral repertoire.

From 2007-09, Jöstlein was the New York Philharmonic's Assistant Principal Horn, playing all positions, including Principal and Third Horn. Under the direction of Lorin Maazel, he performed on three major tours, including the historic live broadcast from North Korea. Previously, he held positions with the Honolulu, Omaha, Richmond, and Kansas City symphony orchestras over a course of 13 years.

RECENT Horn Events!

RJ Kelley performs Mozart 4 with IU Classical Orchestra

March 9th, 2 p.m. Auer Hall

Resident in the New York area since 1990, R.J. Kelley has been heard with such distinguished ensembles as the New York Philharmonic, NY City Opera, NY City Ballet, Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke's, Orpheus, Aspen Wind Quintet, and many others.

RJ currently serves as principal horn of Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra under Nicolas McGegan; Santa Fe Pro Musica & Smithsonian Chamber Orchestra/Kenneth Slowik (NM,DC); American Classical Orchestra/Thomas Crawford (CT); Portland Baroque Orchestra/Monica Huggett (OR); Washington Bach Consort/Reilly Lewis; he has been featured as concerto soloist with the above-named ensembles, as well as the Philadelphia Classical Symphony, Connecticut Early Music Festival, Connecticut Orchestra, The Governor's Musicke (Williamsburg, VA), Tafelmusik (Toronto), Capella Nuova (Stockholm, Sweden), and others.

Elizabeth Freimuth Masterclass

December 8th, 7:30 p.m. room MA404

Elizabeth Freimuth is the principal horn of the Cincinnati Symphony and Pops Orchestras. Before joining the CSO in 2006, Elizabeth was principal horn of the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra (2005-2006), principal horn of the Kansas City Symphony (2000-2005) and assistant principal horn of the Colorado Symphony (1998-2000).

Elizabeth has performed as the featured soloist with the Cincinnati Symphony, Kansas City Symphony, Overland Park Symphony (KS) and the Lakewood Symphony (CO). She has also performed as a guest principal horn with the San Francisco Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and the Saint Louis Symphony.

Tom Sherwood Masterclass

December 2nd, 7:30 p.m room M404

Tom Sherwood joined the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra as Associate Principal Horn in 1988. He has performed under the batons of music directors Jesús López-Cobos, Paavo Järvi and Louis Langrée. Before joining the CSO, Tom was Principal Horn of the South Bend Symphony and Second Horn of the Springfield (IL) Symphony Orchestra. 

In addition to teaching at CCM, Tom served as an Adjunct Instructor of Horn at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. He has given Masterclasses and performed recitals at the Interlochen Arts Academy, Ohio State University, Kent State University, Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, Oberlin College and Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.

Luca Benucci Masterclass

November 19th, 7:30 pm room M242

Luca Benucci began to play the horn at 9, then he studied at the Conservatory "Luigi Cherubini" of Florence, where he got his Diploma in 1987. In the same year he went to Chicago, where he studied with Dale Clevenger and Arnold Jacobs; afterwards, studies with Guelfo Nalli, Roger Bobo, Stefan Dohr, Fergus Mc William, Radovan Vlaktovic, Frank Loyd were as important.

From 1989 to 1992 he was first horn at the Teatro San Carlo; from 1992 to 1995, after invitation, he was pricipal solo horn in the M.D.R. Symphonie Orchester (Leipzig); in 1995, after an audition with Zubin Mehta, he was appointed pricipal solo horn in the Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino.

Dave Griffin Masterclass

November 17th, 7:30 pm, room MA454

David Griffin is the fourth horn of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Upon graduating from Northwestern University in 1987, Griffin began his career with the Rochester Philharmonic and followed with positions in the orchestras of Montréal and Houston before joining the Chicago Symphony in 1995.

Griffin has served as guest principal horn of the Saint Louis Symphony, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and Shanghai Radio Orchestra. He has appeared with Chicago Pro Musica, the Allegra Chamber Players and Les Chambristes de Montréal. Griffin has been a faculty member at McGill University and Northwestern University.

Alex Shuhan Masterclass

October 22nd, 7:30 pm room MA452

Alexander Shuhan is a founding member (1993) of Rhythm & Brass, an international touring, performing and recording ensemble. He is principal horn with the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra and performs frequently with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra. He also performs regularly at the Skaneateles Chamber Music Festival.

Marty Hackleman Masterclass

October 11th, 7:30 pm room M242

Principal Horn of the National Symphony Orchestra since 2000, Martin Hackleman began playing the horn at the age of sixteen, studying with Caesar LaMonaca in Houston. Other teachers have included Barry Tuckwell and Roland Berger (Vienna Philharmonic). He studied at the University of Houston and at age 19 he won the Principal Horn Chair in the Calgary Philharmonic where he played for two seasons. Mr. Hackleman then joined the Vancouver Symphony as Solo Horn under Maestro Kazuyoshi Akiyama in 1974 where he played for the next nine years.

Josh Phillips Masterclass 

October 6th, 7 pm, room MAC036

Josh Phillips currently performs as fourth horn in the Milwaukee Symphony, a position he has held since November of 2011. Prior to performing with Milwaukee, Josh played with the West Point Band for six years at the United States Military Academy in West Point, NY. He has performed with the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra, Red Light New Music, as well as the Albany Symphony, Rhythm and Brass, and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. In the summer he also performs with the Grand Teton Music Festival and has performed with Grant Park Music Festival in Chicago.  

Roger Kaza Masterclass

September 12th 7:30 pm, room Auer Hall green room

Roger Kaza rejoined the St. Louis Symphony as Principal Horn in the fall of 2009, after 14 years with the Houston Symphony. He was previously a member of the STL Symphony horn section from 1983-95, and prior to that held positions in the Vancouver Symphony, Boston Symphony, and the Boston Pops, where he was solo horn under John Williams. Kaza has appeared as soloist with many orchestras, including the St. Louis, Vancouver, and Houston symphonies, and the Carlos Chavez Chamber Orchestra in Mexico City. A frequent chamber musician as well, he has performed at numerous summer venues, including the Bravo! Vail Valley Festival, Chamber Music Northwest, Mainly Mozart, and the Aspen and Marrowstone festivals. He presently serves as instructor of horn at the Chautauqua Institution’s Music School, where he is also Principal Horn of the Chautauqua Symp