Third Northeast Horn Workshop

Cornucopia, May 2000


Fred Griffen put together a spectacular array of artists for the Third Northeast Horn Workshop at the Purchase NY College Conservatory of Music, April 14-16, 2000.

The program began with Baroque multiple horns -- "great balance" was one comment -- by Ann Ellsworth, David Brockett, Javier Gandara, R.J. Kelley, and Jeff Scott. Jazz hornists Alex Brofsky, Vincent Chancey, and John Clark, with Bob Stewart, tuba, and George Schuller, drums, provided great harmony and improvisation. Laura Klock (UMass Amherst) demonstrated collaborative playing with trombone, tuba, and piano. Other performances included Catherine Roche-Wallace (ULA Lafayette), John Ericson (Crane School, SUNY Potsdam), Dan Grabois (Hartt), Tony Cecere (NY free-lance), and Doug Lundeen (Rutgers).

Some highlights included music never heard before -- (DIVIDE by Robert Maggio, a transcription of Albeniz's "Evocaion" from Iberia, and Night Covers All for horn and synthesized recording by Kenneth Jacobs), Roger Kellaway's Sonoro, the Brahms Trio, and a rousing rendition of Fats Domino's Blueberry Hill.

The winner of the solo competition, Jenny Chen, performed the Schumann Adagio and Allegro in recital, and Will De Vos, winner of the mock auditions, played excerpts for a masterclass. The masterclasses/lectures -- John Ericson (tone), Tony Cecere (Bach's B minor Mass), Dan Grabois (non-technical aspects), Michelle Baker (the "P" word - Perfect), Doug Lundeen (Romantic natural horn), and Paul Ingraham (melodic interpretation) -- were all enlightening. A highlight was a panel discussion on careers, conductors, and horns with Milan Yancich, Ranier De Intinis, Walter Lawson, and Brooks Tillotson.

The facilities were remarkably convenient, with exhibits close by, and the workshop ran very smoothly.

The NY Philharmonic horn section (Phil Myers, Jerome Ashby, Alan Spanjer, Eric Ralske, and Howard Wall) with guest Paul Ingraham closed the workshop with quartets and sextets that ranged from Michael Tippett to Alec Wilder to Eleanor Rigby. It was a fitting ending to an inspiring workshop.

Dan Grabois will host the Fourth Northeast Horn Workshop at Hartt in Hartford CT, Mar. 23-25, 2001.

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