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KU School of Music hosts 2011 Mid South Horn Workshop conference

Thursday, March 17, 2011

The KU School of Music is pleased to host the 2011 Mid South Horn Workshop conference, held on campus from April 1-3.

Paul Stevens, associate professor of French horn, will lead this year's conference. The event welcomes horn students to campus to learn from internationally-known guest artists and musicians. The conference will feature numerous workshops/clinics and performances, as well as competitions for best high school and college solo performances and best quartet performance.

Guest artists include Gail Williams, internationally-recognized hornist and brass pedagogue; James Thatcher, studio musician and principal horn of the Pasadena Symphony and the Los Angeles Music Center opera; David Krehbiel, notable orchestral horn player; and members from the Kansas City Symphony Horn Section.

There will be over 20 additional contributing artists attending the conference, and participating ensembles include the Oklahoma State Horn Choir, the University of Northern Iowa Horn Choir, the UMKC Horn Ensemble and the KU Horn Ensemble.

Events open to the public are:

  • Friday, April 1, 7:30pm, Wind Ensemble at the Lied Center featuring performers from the Mid South Horn Workshop. Tickets are $7/gen admission and $5/students and seniors. Contact the Lied Center for ticket information: 785-864-2787 or lied.ku.edu.
  • Saturday, April 2, 6:00pm, Swarthout Recital Hall, guest artist recital featuring James Thatcher on horn; Michael Thatcher, tenor; KU Symphony Orchestra (David Neely, conductor); and more. Free admission.
  • Sunday, April 3, 1:00pm, Swarthout Recital Hall, final concert featuring Gail Williams on horn and much more. Free admission.

James Thatcher's appearance is sponsored by Reach Out Kansas, Inc., and the Zakoura Family Foundation.

For more information about this conference and a complete list of events and visiting artists, please visit midsouthornworkshop.org or contact the KU School of Music at 785-864-3436.


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