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Horn at CWU

Close up of student playing French Horn in a Wind Ensemble rehearsal.

In order to study Horn at CWU, you must first audition for the music faculty. Visit our Horn Audition Requirements page for specific information on the audition process. Transfer students should be sure to visit our Transfer Student Information for Music Majors page for very important transfer student considerations.

When you choose to study Horn at CWU you receive well-rounded exposure and experience in many performance settings along with directed, intensive training for careers in teaching, performance, and research. Traditional participation in brass ensembles, as well as numerous solo opportunities is supplemented with more innovative approaches of incorporating music into the fabric of everyday life.

A relaxed and fluid technique is considered a necessary preliminary to expressive musicianship: students are expected to maintain a rigorous practice ethic, working to develop technical mastery of their instrument. They are guided in the search to find their own musical voice, and afforded numerous opportunities to become comfortable expressing themselves in performance situations. CWU's horn studio provides students with immersive study, weekly lessons and multiple performance opportunities.

With many solo, chamber, and large ensemble experiences, the performance opportunities provided by the Music Department combine well with the “learn by doing” approach offered in private lessons and studio classes.

Frequent special events, featuring regional, national, and international guest performers and ensembles augment these opportunities to provide more “real world” exposure to the challenges of musical careers. Past guests have included Frank Lloyd, Frøydis Ree Wekre, The American Horn Quartet, Arkady Shilkloper, Richard Seraphinoff, Greg Hustis, James Decker, Douglas Hill, Gail Williams, Andrew Clark, Christopher Leuba, John Cox and the Oregon Symphony horn section, among others.

Relevant coursework in CWU’s different degree programs range from strong core work in theory and history, to intensive specialized courses in brass literature and pedagogy.

Current and former horn students perform with such groups as US armed service bands, the Oregon, Walla Walla, Spokane, Yakima, Olympia, Wenatchee Valley, Mid-Columbia, and Okanagon (BC) Symphony Orchestras as well as the Tacoma Philharmonic, Issaquah Chamber Orchestra, Lake Chelan Bach Fest, Washington East Opera, Seattle Wind Symphony, Federal Way Concert Band, and the Henry Mancini Summer Institute. They've also performed for solo, natural horn, and jazz masterclasses at regional and international workshops, including International Horn Society workshops in Eugene, Banff, Kalamazoo, Denver, and San Francisco.