A big thank you to Eastman horn alumus Horace Robert Williams [MM ’57] for his generous gifts to the ESM Horn Studio, which include a Seraphinoff natural horn, an Alexander triple horn, a Vienna horn, a Kruspe double horn, a didgeridoo, a Tibetan horn, numerous books, mouthpieces, and a copy of his wife’s thesis on the Vienna horn. We were so delighted to meet him in person in April when he returned to Eastman for a visit.
Eastman Horn Studio 2015 with Professor Kurau and Mr. Williams
Thea Humphries, Rennie Cotner, Rebekah Lorenz, and Abby Black with Mr. Williams after the natural horn recital
Kara Miller and Emily Buehler take turns playing the Tibetan horn while another hornist in the background tries the Alexander triple horn
Rebekah Lorenz tries out the Vienna horn while Mr. Williams observes
Rebekah Lorenz talks with Mr. Williams while trying out the Alexander triple horn
We look forward to using these horns for years to come. Thank you, Mr. Williams!
A big thank you to William VerMeulen, Principal Horn of the Houston Symphony and Professor of Horn at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, for presenting a masterclass and providing lessons to all Eastman School of Music hornists on April 13 and 14. It was a memorable few days! We all enjoyed learning from you and look forward to applying the concepts you discussed to our horn playing.
Senior Chelsea Nelson wrote more on the experience here.
The Eastman Horn Studio with Professors VerMeulen and Kurau
Professor VerMeulen working with sophomore Valerie Ankeney in a masterclass on April 13
Professor VerMeulen giving a lesson to freshman Jessica Elder on April 14
April 11 is a busy day for horn recitals at Eastman. Senior William Bard will be presenting his Bachelor of Music/Performer’s Certificate recital at 11:30AM, and in the evening sophomore Valerie Ankeney and freshman Jessica Elder are performing in a shared non-degree recital.
It promises to be an exciting day of horn music, with repertoire by Pilss, Strauss, Schumann, Wilder, and many others!
On Tuesday, April 7 at 7:00PM, Tyler Bjerke will be presenting his Master of Music degree recital in Hatch Recital Hall. Tyler will be assisted by pianist Mary Holzhauer in performing works by Strauss, Hurrell, Jacob, and Arnold. Full program information can be found here.
On Saturday, April 4th at 11:30AM freshman Kara Miller along with oboist Kaila DeLany will present a recital in Ciminelli. The program includes works by Mozart, Borroff, F. Strauss, and Poulenc.