Pre-College French Horn

June 18 - June 24, 2017

For students completing grades 8-12

This program, for senior high hornists, provides the opportunity to develop advanced technical and interpretive skills in a variety of musical styles and genres through masterclasses, individual lessons, chamber ensembles and private practice time. Students are exposed to a wide range of repertoire and learn about diverse facets of horn literature and performance practice. New to the program this year, horn students will have the opportunity to perform in brass quintets, horn choir, wind quintets, wind chamber ensembles, or a brass choir coached by ISYM faculty members as part of the ISYM Pre-College Academy. Hornists will also participate in a daily brass chamber seminar with all ISYM brass faculty to cultivate brass chamber performance skills.
Qualifications: Students must have a minimum of four years playing experience. Applicants should be entering grade 9 or higher and will be accepted through graduating seniors.

Here is what a typical day in the Pre-College Horn program will look like:

  • 8:30- 9:30 am:  Warm-Up Class
  • 9:45- 10:45 am: Horn Choir
  • 11:00- noon: Pre-College Chamber Music hour (brass and wind quintets and brass choir)
  • Noon- 1:00: lunch
  • 1:15- 2:15 pm: Master Class
  • 2:30- 3:30 pm: Individual Practice/ Lessons
  • 3:45-4:45 pm: Brass Chamber Music Seminar
  • 5:15 pm: Dinner and evening activities
  • 10:30 pm- lights out

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Program Faculty

Roger Kaza, Principal horn, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra

Roger Kaza rejoined the St. Louis Symphony as Principal Horn in the fall of 2009, after 14 years with the Houston Symphony. He was previously a member of the STL Symphony horn section from 1983-95, and prior to that held positions in the Vancouver Symphony, Boston Symphony, and the Boston Pops, where he was solo horn under John Williams. A native of Portland, Oregon, he attended Portland State University, studying with Christopher Leuba, and later transferred to the New England Conservatory in Boston, where he received a Bachelor of Music with Honors in 1977 under the tutelage of Thomas E. Newell, Jr.

Read more about Roger Kaza here.