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Eastman Horn Choir was founded in 1968 by Verne Reynolds, Professor
Emeritus of Horn at the Eastman School of Music, who served as its
director until his retirement in 1995. From its inception, the Choir's
mission has been threefold: to provide an expanded ensemble experience
for the horn students; to acquaint them (through transcriptions) of the
breadth of quality repertoire (with a particular emphasis on the
glorious vocal music of the German and Italian Renaissance) within our
musical culture; and to encourage contemporary composers to create
original works for multiple horns. In addition to compositions and
commissions by such notable composers as Samuel Adler, Jeff Tyzik, John
Cheetham, David Diamond, and James Willey, the Choir's repertoire in
recent years has expanded to include transcriptions from the classical,
romantic, and modern eras.
the 2003-04 academic year, the Choir was featured on the "Eastman at
Washington Square" series, on "Live from Hochstein" in its annual
holiday concert (broadcast live on WXXI-FM 91.5, a National Public Radio
affiliate), in its biennial tribute to St. Hubert (patron saint of the
hunt, from which the horn derives much of its repertoire), in a formal
concert in the Eastman Theatre, and on the "Music at St. Andrew's" and
"Music at St. John's" series.
2002, the Choir was a featured ensemble (the only collegiate choir in
the world so honored) at the 34th International Horn Symposium held in
Lahti, Finland, where it presented three performances to critical and
popular acclaim. As a result of its successes there, the Choir was
invited to present three performances at the 36th International Horn
Symposium, held in July 2004 in Valencia, Spain.
students within the 26-member Choir are enrolled as applied horn
students at the Eastman School, and are pursuing collectively 5 various
degrees or majors. Geographically, they represent 16 different states,
and 2 countries at present (2004).
For more information on Brass Studies at Eastman, please visit https://www.esm.rochester.edu/wbp/.
All concerts are free unless otherwise noted. All concerts listed are open to the public. Please note that all concerts are subject to change.
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