Eastman Summer Horn Institute: Orchestral Audition Intensive


This institute is now closed. We are no longer accepting applications.

NOTE: Eastman’s Student Living Center will be completely closed for renovations during Summer 2024; on-campus housing and dining will not be available. All participants will need to make their own arrangements for housing and meals.

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Eastman Summer Horn Institute: Orchestral Audition Intensive
June 24-28, 2024 / Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
Rooms: A624, OSL 101, A902

Faculty: W. Peter Kurau, Eastman School of Music; Nikolette LaBonte, Principal Horn, Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra; Elizabeth Freimuth, Principal Horn, Cincinnati Symphony and Pops Orchestras

Hone your audition chops with a deep dive into horn orchestral excerpts. The Institute will include preparation of standard audition repertoire (both solo and sectional repertoire) for selected passages from horn 1, 2, 3, 4 and assistant parts, and will address score study, sonic modeling, practice strategies, and performance psychology. Each participant will receive 3 private lessons with the faculty, and daily group master classes and mock auditions, culminating with a “final round” of a solo (with piano accompaniment) and a rendition of selected excerpts of the participant’s choice. The Sibley Music Library will serve as an iconic resource to access contemporary and historical recordings of the works studied, as well as a vast repository of scores and complete parts.

This institute is designed for collegiate and postgraduate players age 18+ (our high school institute is planned to return in 2025). No audition is required; admission is by résumé review only. To apply, contact both Professors Nikolette LaBonte at: nlabontehorn@gmail.com and Peter Kurau at: wpkurau@esm.rochester.edu; include your music résumé with your message (use this template if you need help putting a résumé together). Application deadline: June 1, 2024.

Begins on Sunday, June 23 at 6:00 pm with Orientation meeting in OSL 101.
Final round auditions: Friday, June 28, time TBA

Professional Development Hours: 50
$755 / noncredit only

“The program has exceeded my expectations and made me even more excited to pursue horn. The instructors were insightful and good at communicating a wide range of principles.” — 2023 Horn Institute participant

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