Students playing the horn

Headshot of Ann Ellsworth holding her hornThe program in horn studies at Lawrence provides a comprehensive education in performance and pedagogy in tune with its distinctive setting, the unique synergy of a nationally recognized conservatory of music and selective liberal arts college solely dedicated to the instruction of undergraduates. The energizing educational aim of the Horn Studio is to guide and develop each student’s natural strengths and personal interests within a traditional framework that stresses fundamental techniques and thorough musicianship, including practical knowledge of the natural horn, transposition, a broad range of repertoire and historically informed performance practice. Non-majors and minors are also welcome to study horn. All horn instruction is provided by members of the faculty.

Through its annual auditions, the Horn Studio enrolls approximately 15 students from all regions of the United States. Horn students may choose to pursue majors in performance, music education and theory/composition or develop areas of concentration outside established programs through student-designed majors. Some students elect to combine majors in the Conservatory of Music or decide to enroll in the double degree program, which allows them to pursue a Bachelor of Arts degree in the college in addition to their chosen major within the Bachelor of Music program. Recent graduates have combined their conservatory degree with majors in English, Biology, Linguistics, Government, Religious Studies, and Physics.

Each horn student at Lawrence receives one or more private lessons each week, participates in weekly performance classes, maintenance and techniques classes, and—besides abundant opportunities in large ensembles including Brass Choir, Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble and Orchestra—may also participate in an orchestral repertoire class and perform in Horn Ensemble and chamber music groups such as a horn quartet or a woodwind quintet. In the past, Tutorials have also been taught on such topics as: Advanced hand horn techniques, history of the horn, and British horn playing.

The Lawrence Horn Studio proudly maintains a tradition of deep respect, close support and collaboration among its number. We strive to extend and extoll these virtues to each new member of the studio.

Lawrence University Studio Horns (LUSH) perform Kat Edmonson’s “Lucky”, arranged by Mariel Lopez