Pre-College French Horn

July 24 - 30, 2018

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

Bernhard Scully, University of Illinois

Bernhard Scully has been described as among the elite musicians of his generation, both as a performer and pedagogue. He is currently the horn player of The Canadian Brass and the Assistant Professor of Horn at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is the Artistic Director and is on faculty at the Kendall Betts Horn Camp, the premiere learning center for horn in the world, located in the beautiful white mountains of New Hampshire. He is on faculty each summer at the Brevard Music Festival, and performs as principal horn of the Brevard Music Festival Symphony Orchestra. Among his many awards are top honors at numerous competitions, most notably being the first classical brass player to win a McKnight Fellowship for Performing Musicians. 

As the Horn player of Canadian Brass, Bernhard annually tours the world over, is featured on many CD's and videos, and performs in front of orchestras that have included the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Detroit Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, National Arts Centre Orchestra, and the Toronto Symphony. The Canadian Brass have been featured guest artists at many prestigious music events and festivals including, the Oregon Bach Festival, Banff Centre For the Arts, Conn-Selmer Institute, Texas Bandmasters Association, Texas Music Educators Convention, Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, Chautauqua Festival, Schleswig-Holstein Festival, NAMM Convention, Orford Festival, Macau Music Festival, Brass Act at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and many others.

Read more about Bernhard Scully here.