Monday, August 3

to Aug 4

Blue Whale Live: Richard Todd Quintet

Richard Todd Quintet

Richard Todd, horn
Abraham Laboriel, electric bass
Mike Valerio, standup bass
Alan Pasqua, piano
Alex Neciosup Acuna, percussion

Special Guest: Arkady Shilkloper, horn/alphorn

9:30 pm: Set #1
11:00 pm: Set #2

Blue Whale is a jazz bar located in the heart of Little Tokyo between the Aratani Theatre and the Colburn School. Your IHS LA 2015 Badge will get you into this club free of charge. Seating is on a first come, first serve basis. Those not carrying an IHS LA 2015 Badge will pay a cover charge. Only those 21 and over are allowed into the Blue Whale.  

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7:30 PM19:30

Artist Recital

Robert Litton (b. 1978): Rip! (3’)
Frank Lloyd, horn
Jeff Nelsen, horn

James M. Stephenson (1969): Sonata for Horn and Piano
I. Passionato/Allegro
II. Passacaglia: Adagio
III. Allegro energico
Gail Williams, horn
Kay Kim, piano

Lev Kogan (1927-2007): Kaddish for Solo Horn* (3’) 
Julie Landsman, horn

Lev Kogan (1927-2007): T'fila* (3’)  
Julie Landsman, horn
Jennie Jung, piano
*Works performed in loving memory of Joan Telma Watson.

David Ludwig (b. 1974): Six Haikus for Horn and Piano (2008) (8’)

Jennifer Montone, horn
Jennie Jung, piano

Robert Planel (1869–1947): Legende for Horn and Piano (6’)
Jennifer Montone, horn
Jennie Jung, piano

Henri Duparc (1848-1933): Songs for Horn and Piano
Le Manior de Rosemonde
Gail Williams, horn
Kay Kim, piano

Franz Strauss (1822-1905): Fantasie for Horn and Piano (10’)
Tim Jones, horn
Jennie Jung, piano


Trey Parker (b. 1969) arr. Joshua Davis: I'm So Ronery from Team America: World Police (3’)
Andrew Bain, solo horn
Josh Cote, horn
Alex Laskey, horn
John Shawger, horn
Patrick Hodge, horn
Lizzie Upton, horn
Jacob Wilder, horn
Gillian Williams, horn
Julian Zheng, horn
Will Sanders, conductor

Esa-Pekka Salonen (b. 1976): Horn Music I
Gail Williams, horn
Kay Kim, piano

Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) arranged by Verne Reynolds: HornSongs, Vol 3. for two horns and piano (14’)
I. Es rauschet das Wasser, Op. 28
II. Der Jäger und sein Liebchen, Op 28
III. Weg der Liebe, Op. 20
IV. So lass uns wandern, Op. 75
V. Walpurgisnacht, Op. 75
Julie Landsman, horn
Jennifer Montone, horn
Aram Arakelyan, piano

James Naigus (b. 1987): Reverie for two horns and piano (5’)
Julie Landsman, horn
Jennifer Montone, horn
Aram Arakelyan, piano

Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990), arranged by Walter Perkins: America-Tonight from West Side Story Suite (4’)
American Horn Quartet
Kristina Mascher-Turner, horn
Charles Putnam, horn 
Kerry Turner, horn
Geoffrey Winter, horn

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6:00 PM18:00

Performance (University Ensemble)

Azusa Pacific University Horn Ensemble

Richard Burchard (1960), arranged by Gil Padilla: Sitivit Anima Mea (6')

Jacquelyln M. Sellers (b. 1958): Desert Suite for Five Horns (12')
Mountain Invocations
Summer Song

Jenny Ortiz, horn
Michael Edwards, horn
Gil Padilla, horn
Noam Shanker, horn
Taryn Spink, horn
Brittany Petersen, horn
Beckie Euson, horn
Alexandra Arnhold, horn
Stephanie Stetson, conductor

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4:00 PM16:00

Lecture Recital (Historical)

  • Colburn School, Grand Rehearsal Hall (map)
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One Branch from the Great Reynolds Tree

Presenters: Gustavo Camacho & Rose French

As homage to the influence that Verne Reynolds has had on horn players across the globe, Dr. Gustavo Camacho and Dr. Rose French will perform a recital that celebrates one branch of "The Great Reynolds Tree". Dr. John Ericson studied with Verne Reynolds at Eastman School of Music in the early 80's as a Masters student, and went on to play 3rd horn with Nashville Symphony, and eventually as professor of horn at Arizona State University. There he continued to pass on many of Verne Reynold's teachings to his horn students, which included Rose French and Gustavo Camacho in the mid 2000s. Now, Gustavo Camacho is professor of horn at Western Washington University, and Rose French is on faculty at Arizona State University and Grand Canyon University, as well as the founder of Mill Avenue Chamber Players. Verne Reynold's musical influence continues today through the teachings that are passed down through the many branches of the Great Reynolds Tree.

Verne Renolds (1926-2011): Partita (18')
I. Malinconia
II. Caccia
III. Aria
IV.Alla Marcia

Franz Strauss (1822-1905): Empfindungen am Meere (5')

Franz Strauss (1822-1905): Les Adieux (6')

Andrew Ardizzoia (b.1979): Modular Suite for Horn and Piano, op. 30 (6')
II. Sonata

Bela Bartok (1881-1945 ) arr. by Camacho: Roumanian Folk Dances (6')
I. Bot tánc / Jocul cu bâtă (Stick Dance)
II. Brâul (Sash Dance)
III. Topogó / Pe loc (In One Place)
IV. Bucsumí tánc / Buciumeana (Dance from Bucsum)
V. Román polka / Poarga Românească (Romanian Polka)
VI. Aprózó / Mărunțel (Fast Dance)

Verne Renolds (1926-2011): Horn Calls for Two Horns (7')

Gustavo Camacho, horn
Rose French, horn
Mitsuko Morikawa, piano

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4:00 PM16:00

Performance (Horn Ensemble/Solo Horn/Chamber Music/Electronic Music)

Hermann Neuling (1897 – 1967) arranged by Bill Holcombe: Bagatelle for low horn (7')

Doug Hall, solo horn
Barbara Jöstlein Currie, horn
Wei-Ping Chou, horn
Daniel Katzen, horn
Mike McCoy, horn
Jennifer Montone, horn
Jeffrey Nelsen, horn


Robert Gross (b.1973): POP! MUSIC for unaccompanied horn (10') (world premiere)
Christopher Griffin, horn
*World Premiere 

The composition "POP! MUSIC for unaccompanied horn" was written and dedicated to me by Robert Gross during my doctoral studies at the University of Southern California. Robert was intrigued by my thesis subject and the story of composer John J. Becker. Inspired by the possibilities of dissonant counterpoint, Robert began work on the piece immediately and presented me with a copy within weeks. POP! MUSIC is a freely post-tonal composition which applies the concepts of dissonant counterpoint timbrally emphasizing certain pitch sets of structural significance. His intention was to create for the listener an aural impression of formal structure, similarly as would be experienced through Schenkerian prolongation. Although written over a decade ago, the piece has yet to be performed, happily making this performance its world premiere.


Gary Schocker (b. 1959): In Arkadia for Horn and Harp (15')
1. Dryads Dance
2. Nyctimus
3. Kallisto
4. Cynaethus
5. Lycaon

*IHS Meir Rimon Commissioning Assistance Fund
*World Premiere
James Boldin, horn
Jaymee Haefner, harp


Chester Udell: Gjallarhorn" (15')
*World Premiere

Lydia Van Dreel, horn

"Gjallarhorn is a new work composed by Chester Udell in collaboration with Lydia Van Dreel. An electro-acoustic piece for horn, eMotion device and computer, Gjallarhorn uses state-of-the-art motion detection interfaces, designed by the composer, to evoke ancient Norse mythology. For more information on the technology used in this presentation, or to learn more about the composer, visit or

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3:30 PM15:30

Performance (University Horn Ensemble)

Members of the Penn State Horn Ensemble

Nicholas J. Perrini (b. 1932): Festival Fanfare
Jed Gillis (b. 1897): Sleep Well, My Darling
Old French Tune, Felix Mendelssohn, and Carl von Weber arranged by Marvin McCoy: Three Hunting Songs
      Hunter’s Song
      The Hunter’s Departure
      The Wild Hunt
Stanley Woods(b.): Alexander Takes a Swing

Russell Brant-Gargan, horn
Kelsey Grace Frisk, horn
Luke Nosal, horn
Margaret Nostrand, horn
Kathryn Taylor, horn

Lisa Bontrager, director

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3:00 PM15:00

Performance (Horn Ensemble)

The United States Army Field Band Horn Section

Francis Scott Key (1779-1843) arranged by MSG Alan White: The Star Spangled Banner (1’30”)

Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643) arranged by SSG J.G. Miller: Ecco mormorar l’onde (2’30”)

Franz Liszt (1811-1886) arranged by SSG J.G. Miller: Hungarian Rhapsody no. 2 (6’)

Ennio Morricone (b. 1928) and Elisa Toffoli (b. 1977) arranged by SSG Becky McLaughlin : Ancora Qui from Django Unchained (4’30”)

Kerry Turner (b. 1960): Theodore’s Anthem (8’)

Vince Guaraldi (b. 1976) arranged by MSG(R) Vince Norman: Linus and Lucy (3’30”)

MSG Robert Cherry, horn
MSG Alan White, horn
SSG Selena Adams, horn
SSG Rebecca Bainbridge, horn
SSG Becky McLaughlin, horn
SSG J.G. Miller, horn
SFC Robert Marino, percussion
Vanessa Fadial, piano

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3:00 PM15:00

Lecture (Historical and Horn Makers)

American Horns of the 20th Century

Presenter: Dr. Gary L. Reeves

This presentation will feature horns manufactured by U.S. makers during the 20th Century. Although some horns may be from major manufacturers, most of the instruments discussed will be from small, individual makers or may have been prototypes. Most of these instruments are from the holdings of the National Music Museum on the campus of the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, SD. Among these holdings are the instruments formerly on display in the Frank Holton and Company Factory Museum in Elkhorn, Wisconsin. Along with descriptions of these instruments, also included will be a PowerPoint visual display. A selected instrument or two will be present, and brief playing demonstrations of these instruments will be included. Time for questions and answers will conclude the presentation.

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2:30 PM14:30

Performance (World Music)

Spanish Horn

The romantic Spanish music for horn repertory includes traditional Spanish songs, popular romantic pieces by well-known composers like I. Albeniz, E. Granados or M. de Falla, and some new 21st century creations, including two world premiers by Vicente Ortiz Gimeno and Amparo Edo Biol.

Traditional: El Cant Dels Oscells (4’)
Isaac Albeniz (1860-1909): Tango from "España" (2:40’)
Isaac Albeniz (1860-1909): Granada from “Suite Española” (5’)
Isaac Albeniz (1860-1909): Cordoba from "Cantos de España" (6'30")
Enrique Granados (1867-1916): Andaluza from "12 Danzas españolas" (4’)
Enrique Granados (1867-1916): Intermezzo from "Goyescas" (4’30”)
Manuel de Falla (1876-1946): Nana from 7 Canciones populares (2:30)
Federico Mompou (1893-1987):Gitano from Impresiones íntimas (2’50”)
Vicente Ortiz Gimeno (b. 1987): Vaixell de Cristal (4’)
*World Premiere
Amparo Edo Biol (b. 1988): Habanera (2'45")
Amparo Edo Biol (b. 1988): A La Vora de la Mar (4’)
*World Premiere

Amparo Edo Biol, horn
Hui Wu, piano
California String Quartet
Katia Popov, violin
Luanne Homzy, violin
Zach Dellinger, viola
David Huckaby, cello

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1:30 PM13:30

Lecture (School of Playing)

  • Colburn School, Grand Rehearsal Hall (map)
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The Velvet Horn-Sound of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Presenter: Jack Munnecom

Since 1888, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam has gained a reputation as one of the best orchestras in the world. The unique sound of the orchestra is lauded by many critics. The hornplayers contributed to this famous sound with their famous "velvet" horn-sound. In this lecture, I will introduce the principal hornplayers from the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra to the audience in a vivid presentation, supported by audio- and television-recordings. Next to "velvet" sound and playing style the audience will hear the stories behind the hornplayers. From US emigration in the early 20th century, the founder of the Amsterdam Horn tradition, a Virtuous and a Lyric (admired by Dennis Brain), the First Lady, a Genius untamable soloist to the modern generation, keeping the velvet sound and the tradition alive, the audience will learn about the history of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.
The “velvet sound" hopefully will inspire other hornplayers to strive after the most beautiful sound everyone can make.

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1:30 PM13:30

Lecture (Wellness)

Healthy Horn Playing: Injury Prevention through Pedagogy Informed by Science

Eli Epstein, horn
Dr. Peter Iltis, medical professional

An alarming number of brass players, professional and non-professional, have developed career-limiting focal dystonia. Dr. Peter Iltis, Professor of Horn and Kinesiology at Gordon College, and Eli Epstein, veteran second horn of The Cleveland Orchestra, will present MRI films that clearly illustrate horn techniques that may lead to sustainable careers and the prevention of focal dystonia in brass players.

Dr. Peter Iltis has been conducting research for the past year in collaboration with both the Institute for Music Physiology and Musician’s Medicine (Hannover, Germany) and the MRI Lab at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry and Biomedical NMR Research in Göttingen, Germany. The research involves conducting high-speed, real-time magnetic resonance imaging of two groups performing on an MRI-compatible horn: (1) elite horn players with sustained high level performing careers and (2) horn players who have developed focal dystonia. Though the results are only preliminary, these films show consistent techniques among the elite group that are distinct from the techniques of the dystonic group. These findings may form a scientific basis of defining a horn pedagogy that leads to sustainable healthy careers and may prevent focal dystonia in future generations.

Eli Epstein, who was one of the elite subjects in the study described above, will show how the methods set forth in his book, Horn Playing from the Inside Out, A Method for All Brass Players, can lead to the healthy sustainable practices demonstrated in the elite group.

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1:30 PM13:30

Lecture (Practice/Study Habits)

Effective Practice and Problem Solving
Presenter: Kristy Morrell

A discussion and demonstration of effective practice and problem solving. Emphasis on a concise and well organized system of approaching the technical challenges of the horn. Though all are welcome, high school and college students are the intended demographic.

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1:30 PM13:30

Performance (Horn and Piano/Two Horns and Piano)

The Horn Through the Night

Reinhold Gliere (1875-1956): Nocturne for horn and piano, op. 35 no. 10

Alyssa Weinberg (b. 1988): Night Music for horn and piano

Carl Reineke (1824-1910): Nocturne for horn and piano, op.112

Austin Larson, horn
Hui Wu, piano


Gems for Two Horns and Piano

Johann Georg Feldmayer (1756-1818): Concerto in F forTwo Horns (7’)
I. Allegro Brillante

Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) arranged by Verne Reynolds: Five Brahms Songs for two horns and piano (14’)
I. Es rauschet das Wasser, op. 20
II. Der Jager un sein Liebchen, op. 28
III. Weg der Liebe, op. 20
IV. So lass uns wandern!, op. 75
V. Walpurgisnacht, op. 75

Wayne Lu (b. 1970): Ogontz Fantasy (6’30”)

Erika Squared

Erika Binsley, horn
Erika Miras, horn
Aram Arakelyen, piano

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12:30 PM12:30

Performance (University Horn Ensemble)

The University of Tennessee Horn Choir Presents "Fugue, Song and Story"

J.S. Bach (1685-1750) arranged by L. Martinet: Fugue from Motet No. 1 "Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied" for horn octet (4’)

Pavel Tchesnokov (1877-1944) arranged Bryan Doughty:Salvation is Created (4’)

Richard Strauss (1864-1949) transcribed J. Jones: Allerseelen for eight horns (9’)

Gracian Baban (c. 1620-1675) transcribed by Verne Reynolds: Voce Mea ad Dominum (6’)

Eric Ewazen (b. 1954): Legend of the Sleeping Bear for eight horns (14’)

Pee Wee King (1914-2000) arranged Spencer Swafford: The Tennessee Waltz (2’)

University of Tennessee Horn Choir
Seth Hall
Ann Marie Lawson
Joseph Meinweiser
Ryan Scott
Hannah Smith
Spencer Swafford
Jake Taylor
Phillip Wadley
Katie Johnson, conductor

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12:00 PM12:00

Lecture (Technique Building)

Low-Horn Playing in a Major Orchestra

Presenter: Daniel Katzen

After 40 years of orchestral experience, Daniel Katzen has picked up a few tricks of the trade that can help low-horn players excel in their craft and their job. Through the use of low-horn excerpts, exercises and techniques, centering of tone and solidity of pitch can be achieved through easy-to-learn tactics.

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11:30 AM11:30

Performance (Horn & Piano/Horn Ensemble)

Paul Johnston (b. 1975): Mountain Sketches for horn and piano
With motion
With spirit
*2014 IHS Composition Contest Featured Division Winner

Sy Brandon (b. 1945): Miniatures for horn and piano
*2014 IHS Composition Contest Featured Division Honorable Mention

Jeffrey Snedeker, horn
Aram Arakelyen, piano


George Frideric Handel (1685-1759) arranged by Bernard Robinson: The Music for the Royal Fireworks
Yukiko Ishii (b.): "Yu" ~Collaboration for 2 Shellhorns and 6 Horns~
G.Verdi (1813-1901) arranged by Peter Damm: Nabucco Ouverture
Paul Basler (b.1963):JAMBO

Japan Horn Society & Geidai Ensemble
Nozomu Segawa, director

Yasuhiko Isobe, horn
Mami Abe, horn
Koichi Koshitori, horn
Naomi Morimoto, horn
Emiko Senda, horn
Ayane Hara, horn
Erika Hayama, horn
Wakana Tomioka, horn
Yurika Nakayama, horn
Mayumi Miki, horn
Mana Yoshida, horn
Shigeru Nishiyama, horn
Yuji Daito, horn
Yuri Sasaki, horn
Takeshi Hidaka, shell horn solo
Nozomu Segawa, shell horn solo

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11:30 AM11:30

Lecture (Performance Practice)

  • Colburn School, Grand Rehearsal Hall (map)
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Art Through a Tube-Making Great Music on the Horn

Presenter: Joshua Wood

“Even on your worst day, be hands down the best musician in the room.” –attr. Ward O. Fearn

Historically well-known hornists experienced a comprehensive approach to musical training and education that is perhaps less common today. Many studied other instruments prior to the horn and had a thorough grounding in disciplines such as harmony/counterpoint, composition, and singing. This contributed significantly to the artistry for which they are remembered and celebrated.

Today, some aspiring professional horn players (especially college students) can become so focused on the mastery of the technical aspects of the instrument that playing “musically”-- with understanding, passion, confidence, and expression-- can become a secondary priority. This seminar will offer practical suggestions and tips on how to improve musicianship, both on and away from the horn. Through the enhancement of skills such as score reading, ear training, composition/arranging, conducting, and more, one can learn to interact with the music on a much deeper level. This will lead not only to more powerful and effective performances, but will also allow for greater flexibility in choosing one's musical path. In a rapidly shifting cultural climate, the ability to comprehend and effectively communicate sincere musical ideas will be crucial in reaching new audiences

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10:30 AM10:30

Lecture (Pedagogy)

Tocar el Corno: El Sistema, Social Change and the Horn

Presenter: Rachel Hockenberry

Forty years ago, Dr. José Antonio Abreu founded El Sistema, Venezuela's revolutionary music program founded on the belief that an intense, high quality music education can provide a vehicle for social change and youth development. Inspired by Dr. Abreu's vision, countries all over the world have adapted this Venezuelan model by creating after-school youth music programs in underserved communities. Building community through ensemble is one of the core values of El Sistema; thus, El Sistema instruction is largely conducted in a group setting as opposed to private instruction.

This presentation will provide a brief overview of El Sistema history and philosophy, defining the ways in which El Sistema aligns and differs from current teaching practices. It will then address the reasons behind the lack of horn students in El Sistema programs around the world, and provide an overview of instructional techniques useful to address the unique challenges of successfully starting young students on the horn in a group brass setting. The presentation will also cover teaching and organizational practices utilized to strengthen communities through youth music programs.

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