Academy Horn Major

Interlochen Arts Academy boarding high school offers student horn players a program of pre-professional music training and college preparatory academics. Horn students graduate well-prepared for the rigors of study at the university and conservatory level.

The horn major requirements include:

Private Lesson

This course focuses on the fundamental basic technique of the instrument, development of expression and musicality, solo and ensemble performance skills, knowledge of genres and musical styles and life skills necessary for future musical development.  Students are expected to practice a minimum of two hours a day on the assigned lesson materials.  Progress within the student’s potential is demonstrated in private lessons, studio class performance and the semester jury.  The student and instructor work towards specific short and long term goals including recitals, college auditions and career choices.

Text/materials needed:

Kopprasch, 60 Selected Studies for Horn (books 1 + 2)
Schantl, Grand Theoretical & Practical Method For The Valve Horn
Rochut, Melodious Etudes for Trombone (book 1)
Labar, Horn Players Audition Handbook

Horn Studio

The Interlochen Arts Academy horn studio brings together talented students from all over the world to work and learn together at our campus located amidst the beautiful woods of Northwest Michigan.  Recent horn graduates from the Academy have gone on to continue their musical studies at such prestigious schools as The Juilliard School of MusicThe Curtis Institute of MusicThe Eastman School of MusicOberlin, Rice University, University of Michigan, Manhattan School of Music, Cleveland Institute of Music, and Indiana University, among others. At the Academy, students have opportunities to gain valuable experience participating in daily rehearsals/performances with large ensembles as well as chamber ensembles. Horn students perform in exceptional ensembles that include Orchestra, Band, Brass Ensemble, Horn Ensemble and brass/woodwind quintets.

The horn studio focuses on preparing students for a successful performing future. Each horn student attends one weekly private lesson with our distinguished horn faculty, as well as a weekly 90-minute masterclass/studio class that varies from excerpt study, guest artist performances, horn ensemble rehearsals and solo performance opportunities.  Horn students are taught professional and social etiquette in the music world, and are expected to graduate with a sense of what it takes to be a professional musician and a good colleague.

College Matriculation

An Academy education provides excellent preparation for continued studies at top universities and conservatories. Academy horn students regularly enroll in top music programs including:

  • Ball State University
  • Boston University School of Music
  • Cincinnati Conservatory of Music
  • Curtis Institute of Music
  • Eastman School of Music
  • Indiana University
  • Juilliard School Of Music
  • Lynn Conservatory
  • McGill University
  • Oberlin Conservatory
  • Ohio State University
  • Rice University
  • Southern Methodist University
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Southern California Thornton School of Music
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Trinity University


Corbin Wagner

Instructor of Horn, Interlochen Arts Academy; Faculty, Interlochen Horn Institute 

M.M. and B.M., University of Michigan