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CWU Horn Students shine at 2019 Northwest Horn Symposium

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Wed, 04/03/2019

The Central Washington University Horn Ensemble represented itself and CWU in fine form at the 2019 Northwest Horn Symposium, held March 29-31, at the University of Montana in Missoula.  This symposium, hosted annually by the Northwest Horn Society, a regional professional organization that promotes the (French) horn in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Western Canada, attracted over 120 professional players, university and school teachers, students and amateurs of all ages from throughout the region.  Participants heard recitals, presentations, and masterclasses, and had the opportunity to network with peers and potential mentors throughout the weekend.

 The CWU Horn Ensemble and its members submitted proposals to perform concerts and give presentations, and several were accepted through host and peer review.  Fifteen members of the group performed a 30-minute program featuring original and arranged works for the ensemble, and four out of six works performed were conducted by CWU students.  The Four Corners Horn Quartet, a student chamber ensemble at CWU gave a formal presentation on its current C. Farrell Scholarship project, one that has them performing in Washington high schools during the winter and spring 2019 terms, along with other activities.  This quartet (Evan Hagen, Ian Monahan, Sophie Mortensen, Sam Spicer) also submitted another proposal to give a performance, and was invited to perform Kerry Turner’s Quartet No. 1 on a Regional Artist recital.  They also were accepted to participate in a masterclass led by members of the Four Hornsmen of the Apocalypse, a professional touring horn quartet.  A second student quartet, the Snedekids Horn Quartet (Joseph Bagdovitz, Nathan Miles, Henry Nordhorn, Kyle Olsen), was also selected to perform in the same masterclass, performing a work by Anton Bruckner.

The annual symposium also sponsors competitions for solo performance and mock orchestral auditions.  Several CWU students participated, and sophomore Joseph Bagdovitz won the Low Horn mock audition.  Bagdovitz and sophomore Henry Nordhorn were two of the three finalists for the High Horn mock audition.  Nordhorn was also one of three finalists in the Solo competition.

The CWU Horn Ensemble is a chamber ensemble in the CWU Music Department, and this symposium appearance was a department-sanctioned performing activity of the CWU Horn Club (ASCWU, Jeffrey Snedeker, advisor).  The group is grateful for the support given by the following offices and organizations: CWU Music Department, CWU Office of Undergraduate Research, CWU Student Academic Senate, CWU Career Services, CWU Services and Activities Committee, CWU Horn Club (ASCWU). 

The Central Washington University Horn Ensemble is made up of university students, regardless of major, interested in playing the horn. The CWUHE performs 1- 2 full concert programs per year, has released two Christmas CDs, and has been featured at Northwest Horn Society workshops, Washington Music Educators Association conferences, and symposia of the International Horn Society (in 1996, 1998, 2001, 2008, 2011, 2014, and 2018). In 2018, the ensemble placed second in the IHS 50 Ensemble competition at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. The ensemble also maintains an active outreach program, promoting the horn and its music in Washington's schools.


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