Monday, August 3

Lecture (Performance Practice)

  • Colburn School, Grand Rehearsal Hall 200 s grand ave los angeles United States

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