Eastman French Horn Institute

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INS 406
Eastman French Horn Institute
June 27-July 1, 2022 / Monday – Friday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
Rooms: MSH 1, OSL 101, A902

Faculty: W. Peter Kurau, Professor of Horn, Eastman School of Music / Principal Horn, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra; Nikolette LaBonte, Assistant Principal & Utility Horn, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra
Guest faculty: Elizabeth Freimuth, Principal Horn, Cincinnati Symphony and Pops Orchestras; Mark Houghton, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and Mary Pappert School of Music, Duquesne University

Enhance your performance skills through FUNdamentals! Solidify your craft to liberate and express your artistry on the horn! This institute will include private lessons as well as a daily schedule of fundamental sessions, individual coaching on solo pieces, faculty presentations and performances, guest faculty workshops, horn ensemble rehearsals conducted by faculty, and evening sessions focusing on everything from solo repertoire to excerpts to etudes. All this work culminates in two performance opportunities at the end of the week, giving students a chance to perform with our esteemed institute pianists as well as showcase their horn ensemble work from the week!

This institute’s focus on the fun and efficacy of fundamentals, and its many opportunities for performance, allows students the unique chance to see how their daily practice on basic skills on the horn can manifest in their performance of all repertoire and improve their ability to express themselves without impediment as artists.

Each participant will receive three 30-minute private lessons and may be selected to perform in master classes if time allows. Enrollment limited to 15 participants.

This institute is designed as a residential program; high school students age 15-17 may reserve on-campus housing and meals at the Eastman Student Living Center for an additional fee. Due to COVID-19 restrictions for Summer 2022, on-campus housing and meals at the Eastman Student Living Center will be available for high school students only. All collegiate and adult participants will be responsible for their own off-campus lodging and meals. For information about on-campus housing and a list of resources for those staying off-campus, click here.

Begins on Sunday, June 26 at 6 p.m. with Orientation meeting in MSH 1
Faculty Concert: Tuesday, June 28 at 7:30 p.m. in Kilbourn Hall
Participant Concerts: Thursday, June 30 at 7:30 p.m. in Kilbourn Hall and Friday, July 1 at 7:30 p.m. in Kilbourn Hall

Planning your arrival and departure:
First scheduled activity: Orientation meeting, Sunday, June 26 at 6 p.m. in MSH 1
Last scheduled activity: Participant Concert, Friday, July 1, 7:30-9:30 p.m. in Kilbourn Hall

Professional Development Hours: 50
$1,820 / 1 credit           
$695 / noncredit           

“The faculty was very friendly and the course covered a lot of topics through masterclasses and warmups, as well as the lessons.” — 2021 participant



High school students: a short video audition is required for admission to the Institute. The recording should contain the following:

  • One of the following etudes: Maxime Alphonse Book 3,  #1 or #9; Kopprasch #21, #22 or #46
  • Exposition of first movement (no accompaniment) for Mozart 2, 3, or 4

Please list two references on your résumé. Recordings are due April 15 June 17, 2022 (new deadline!).

Collegiate students and adults: no audition is required, but please send a copy of your résumé (including two references) to both Nikolette LaBonte at: nlabontehorn@gmail.com and Peter Kurau at: wpkurau@esm.rochester.edu before applying. Résumés will be reviewed after the April 15 June 17 application deadline.

Audition video instructions:

All applicants must submit separate video links for each piece on the audition list.

All videos must conform to the following format:

  • Camera facing directly at the applicant (no side-facing videos)
  • Camera 5-15 feet from student, clearly showing you and your instrument
  • Uploaded to YouTube for ease of transmitting (unlisted links suggested; public links okay; private links don’t work)

Please send video links together in one Word document as shown in the example template below (do not forward individual videos to the Summer@Eastman office). Links should be “active” so that videos can be viewed directly from your document; you may wish to test this before submitting your audition.

Application material templates:

You may use an existing résumé if you already have one set up; these templates are provided in case you need help putting information together.

Audition Video Links

Please follow this format (or very similar) for your application materials. This will help us get to know you as thoroughly as possible through your application!

There is no fee to audition for this workshop. Auditions and résumés will be reviewed after the April 15 June 17 deadline.

Audition deadline: Please send your résumé and recordings by April 15 June 17, 2022 (new deadline!).


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