French Horn Workshop

June 15 – June 28, 2014

Ages 14-20

The French horn workshop offers students the unique opportunity to work with Eric Ruske, distinguished soloist, recording artist, and pedagogue.  The workshop addresses all aspects of horn playing ranging from basic technical aspects to style and musicianship.  Students participate in daily master classes, working individually with Mr. Ruske, on both solo and orchestral repertoire.

Each summer students are assigned, in advance, the complete set of orchestral parts for symphonic repertoire that are prepared to be worked on in a sectional setting.  These works have included:  Bruckner, Symphony No. 4; Schumann, Symphony No. 3; Brahms, Symphony No. 4; Strauss, Till Eulenspiegel lustige Streiche; Mahler, Symphony No. 1; Beethoven, Symphony No. 3; Brahms, Symphony No. 3, and Strauss, Don Juan.

Students are also expected to prepare and present in master classes solo repertoire of their choice. Each summer Professor Ruske is joined by guest artists/teachers such as Daniel Katzen, Richard Mackey, Richard Sebring, and James Sommerville.

Students receive weekly coachings with an accompanist.  Performance classes and informal recitals will provide students the opportunity to prepare for auditions and recitals. Performance classes are audio and video taped for review and discussion with Mr. Ruske and the workshop participants.