Eastman French Horn Online Workshop

(Photo taken August 8, 2019)

WKS 406
Eastman French Horn Online Workshop

As of July 22, 2021, this workshop has closed. We are no longer accepting registrations.

July 26-28, 2021 / Monday-Wednesday, times TBA

Nikolette LaBonte, Acting Principal Horn, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra
Elizabeth Freimuth, Principal Horn, Cincinnati Symphony and Pops Orchestras
Guest faculty:
W. Peter Kurau, Professor of Horn, Eastman School of Music / Principal Horn, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra
Denise Tryon, Associate Professor of Horn, Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music
Chad Yarbrough, “Wicked” Broadway NYC; Acting Assistant/Utility Horn, New York Philharmonic; Principal Horn, Riverside Symphony 

Enhance your performance skills through FUNdamentals. Solidify your craft to liberate and exalt your artistry on the horn. This three-day intensive online workshop includes private and group lessons, master classes, solo playing, and faculty presentations. 

Participants may register as performers or auditors. Performers (chosen by audition) will receive two 30-minute private lessons via Zoom (one lesson with Nikolette LaBonte and one lesson with Elizabeth Freimuth) and may be selected to perform in master classes if time allows. Auditors pay a lower tuition fee and can attend all group sessions, but will not receive individual instruction or perform in masterclasses. No audition is required to register as an auditor. Enrollment limited to 15 performers (unlimited auditors).

Professional Development Hours: 15
Performers: $350 / noncredit     WKS 406-1
Auditors: $150 / noncredit     WKS 406-2

“I want you to know what an impact you had on [our daughter] in just three short days. She came out of her lesson and master class just bubbling with excitement, and for this mom (…), it was awesome to see her be able to share those passions with you and get positive feedback.” — 2020 participant’s parent



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, 2021.

Click on the link at the bottom of this page to use our online Audition Form.

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 Elizabeth Freimuth at: liz_freimuth@yahoo.com before applying. Résumés will be reviewed after the April 15 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 deadline.

Audition deadline: Please send your résumé and recordings by April 15, 2021.



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