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Upcoming Events!

January 20-22, 2015
Cleveland Orchestra Residency

Horn Masterclass: Jan. 20, 2015, 6:30pm-8:30pm, Recital Hall

Orchestra Side-by-sides: Jan. 22, 2015, various times

Please click here to view the full Residency schedule

February 3-8, 2015
Bill VerMeulen @ IU

Recital: Feb. 5, 7:00pm, Recital Hall

Recent News

November 5-6, 2014

American Horn Quartet Recital- Nov. 5 8:00pm Auer Hall

American Horn Quartet Masterclass- Nov. 6 9:00am Ford Hall


Entering its twenty-eighth season, the American Horn Quartet continues to be unique in the field of brass chamber music. Their exuberant performances have brought audiences all over the world to their feet. In 1982, four American horn players who were working and residing in Europe met for the first time to explore the potential of the horn quartet, a chamber music formation with a much longer tradition than most people realize. Mastering the already existing repertoire, they then began to compose and arrange, as well as commission new works for the horn quartet. The individual members of the AHQ are all very successful soloists in their own right, having won top international competitions in Geneva, Prague, New York, Passau and Munich. It comes then as no surprise that together they brought home top honors at chamber music competitions in Barcs, Hungary (Philip Jones Competition), Brussels and Tokyo.

Over the past twenty years, besides being featured at horn and brass festivals around the globe, the American Horn Quartet has established itself at regular chamber music concert series on the international circuit. They have also appeared as soloists with numerous symphony orchestras, among them the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Sinfonia Varsovia, the Illinois Philharmonic, the Philharmonica Hungarica, the Brabants Orchestra of Eindhoven and the Bordeaux Aquitaine Symphony Orchestra in France, just to name a few.

Some of the highlights of the AHQ career include their performance on stage at the Barbican in London, an appearance with orchestra at the world famous Tonhalle in Zürich, a recording collaboration with the horn section of the New York Philharmonic, a recital in Melbourne, Australia featuring the great horn soloist Barry Tuckwell in a cameo appearance, performances at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., and a five-minute standing ovation at the 20th International Horn Society Workshop in Tallahassee, Florida.

Summing up the career of an ensemble which has accomplished so much, presented over five hundred concerts and masterclasses world wide, and has produced ten CDs, is a difficult task indeed. Therefore we invite you to discover the American Horn Quartet for yourself.

November 4, 2014

Professor Seraphinoff was interviewed by WFIU about his career recently. Click the link below to see the story!

October 29, 2014 



An internationally acclaimed horn player, music educator, lecturer, and clinician, Patrick Smith actively challenges and stimulates students in both performance and academic settings. He is Associate Professor of Horn and Music History at Virginia Commonwealth University in

A native of Gainesville, Florida, Smith holds a Performer’s Certificate, Ph.D. and BME degrees from the University of Florida at Gainesville, along with a Master of Music Degree from the Hartt School of Music. His horn instructors include Paul Basler, David Jolley, and Bruce Atwell, while David Z. Kushner and Kenneth Nott served as Smith’s mentors in music history.

Patrick is an alumnus of the Aspen and Brevard Music Festivals and has performed with numerous professional ensembles, including the Richmond, North Carolina, Tallahassee, Gainesville, Valdosta, Florida West Coast, and Ridgefield Symphony Orchestras, the American Chamber Winds, and the Carolina Wind Quintet. He has appeared as a soloist with the Emerson String Quartet, the Hartford Brass Quintet, the Gainesville Symphony, and at the Paley International Music Festival.

He has been an active member of the International Horn Society since his days as an undergraduate student. He is a winner of numerous solo competitions and serves as the Virginia Representative for the IHS. He performs on the Hans Hoyer G10 horn and is a Buffet Group USA/Hans Hoyer Performing Artist. Smith has served on the faculties of the Eastern Music Festival, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and resides in Richmond with his wife Kristin and daughter Addison.

August 27, 2014

MikeThe Hoosier Horn Department is excited to announce that Mike Walker was just appointed to a Visiting Lecturer II at the University of New Mexico. Mr. Walker will be teaching the horn Studio, brass pedagogy and performing with the faculty woodwind and brass quintets. Mr. Walker studied with under Jeff Nelsen while pursing his DM degree in horn. Mr. Walker commented that, “ I feel extremely well prepared to step into this environment with amazing new colleagues and students. Indiana University was a great training ground for my new position and I cannot wait to share some Hoosier traditions among my Lobos students."