Academy Horn Major

  • The Academy Horn Ensemble performs the theme from "Jurassic Park" by John Williams. Arranged by Dick Meyer for eight horns.

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)
Mueller, 34 Studies (books 1 + 2)
Rochut, Melodious Etudes for Trombone (book 1)
Kling, 40 Characteristic Etudes
Thompson Edition, The Orchestral Audition Repertoire for Horn: Comprehensive and Unabridged

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 MusicSouthern Methodist University, 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 by holding frequent mock auditions, masterclasses, and solo performance opportunities.  Each horn student attends one weekly private lesson with our distinguished horn faculty, as well as a weekly two-hour 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

The students of the class of 2013 were accepted to the following schools:
Rice University
University of Michigan
Ohio State University
Vanderbilt University
Trinity University

The students of the class of 2012 were accepted to the following schools:
Rice University
Eastman School of Music
Cincinnati Conservatory of Music
Southern Methodist University
McGill University

The students of the class of 2011 were accepted to the following schools:
Curtis Institute of Music
Juilliard School of Music
Eastman School of Music
Indiana University
Lynn Conservatory
Ball State University

Student Honors and Awards

2013-14
Ray Seong Jin Han, YoungArts Finalist
Kaci Cummings, YoungArts Honorable Mention
Caelan Stewart, YoungArts Merit Winner

2012-13
Markus Osterlund, 2013 Yamaha Young Performing Artist Competition First Prize Winner
Markus Osterlund, YoungArts Finalist
Markus Osterlund, Carnegie Hall's National Youth Orchestra selection
Caelan Stewart, 1st place at Michigan Federation of Music Clubs Brass Solo Competition
Caelan Stewart, Carnegie Hall's National Youth Orchestra selection
William Kovaleski, 1st place at Ohio Northern University "Horn Day" Solo Competition (High School division)

2011-12
Andrew Du Comb, YoungArts Honorable Mention

2010-11
Maureen Young, YoungArts Finalist
Jordan Miller, YoungArts Music Merit
Andrew Du Comb, Young Artist of the Year (in association with Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra)

Recent Guest Artists

2012-13
William VerMeulen, horn faculty at Rice University and Principal Horn of Houston Symphony
Adam Unsworth, horn faculty at University of Michigan and former member of Philadelphia Orchestra
Gene Berger, Horn Faculty at Ball State University

2011-12
Roland Pandolfi, horn faculty at Oberlin Conservatory
Gene Berger, horn faculty Ball State University

2010-11
Julie Landsman, horn faculty at Juilliard School of Music and formerly principal horn of New York Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Peter Landgren, formerly associate principal of Baltimore Symphony and faculty member at Peabody Conservatory
Gabriel Kovach, principal horn of The Phoenix Symphony and Glimmerglass Opera

Video Lessons

Faculty

Dr. Gustavo Camacho

Instructor of Horn and Chamber Music, Interlochen Arts Academy and Interlochen Arts Camp
Faculty, Interlochen Horn Institute

D.M.A., horn performance, Arizona State University; M.M., horn performance, Arizona State University; B.M.E., music education, New Mexico State University

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