College of Music

University of Colorado Boulder

Horn Studio

Welcome to the University of Colorado Boulder’s Horn Studio website!

The Horn Studio at CU Boulder consists of 16 undergraduate and graduate students.  Approximately one-half the studio comes from out-of-state.   Graduate students have done their undergraduate work at such prestigious institutions as The Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music, Cleveland Institute, Eastman School of Music, Mannes College of Music, and Arizona State University.  Undergraduate students have come from prestigious youth orchestra and band programs around the country.  Ensembles afford undergraduates a unique opportunity to perform alongside graduate students, allowing undergraduates to benefit from the graduate students expertise on a regular basis.

The Horn Studio has Graduate Teaching Assistantships available in both Woodwind Quintet and Brass Quintet.  Both of these ensembles have placed in  national and/or international competition (Fischoff, Plowman, MTNA and others).  Teaching Assistants run sectionals, hold office hours, and are given the opportunity to develop their pedagogy through their work with undergraduate students.

There are three music major degree programs available to undergraduate horn students at the University of Colorado Boulder.  They are designed to accommodate the needs of all types of potential music majors:

  • Bachelor of Music in Performance (BM) is a highly intensive approach to performance with the goal to be gainfully employed as a performer and/or teacher at the college level.
  • Bachelor of Music in Education (BME) is a program with a strong emphasis on performance, as performing is a key element for teaching others how to perform.  This program also explores various facets of education and music pedagogy in great depth.
  • Bachelor of Arts in Music (BA) is a program with less intense musical rigor, but can be tailored to a students individual needs and interest.  There may be a strong emphasis on lessons, performance, and ensemble participation if the student so desires.  This program is well-suited to students also interested in other academic or musical pursuits.

There are also three degrees offered at the graduate level at the University of Colorado Boulder.

  • Master of Music in Horn Performance (MM) is a highly intensive approach to performance with the goal to be gainfully employed as a performer and/or teacher at the college level.
  • Master of Music in Horn Performance and Pedagogy (MM) is almost identical to the MM in performance with the exception of different course requirements.  This degree is for those interested in an  intense approach to performance as well as a pedagogical background to offer a broader range of career options.
  • Doctor of Musical Arts in Horn Performance and Pedagogy (DMA) is the highest degree offered at the University of Colorado at Boulder in the College of Music.  DMA students develop highly individualized curricula in the pursuit of their personal career goals.

During their time at the University of Colorado, graduate and exceptional undergraduate students are encouraged to work in the many professional ensembles available in our region.  Horn students perform regularly as full-time members or extra musicians with ensembles including the Colorado Symphony, Boulder Philharmonic, Greeley Philharmonic, Fort Collins Symphony, and the Central City Opera Orchestra.  In the past seven years, a large majority of  regional orchestral positions (over 75%) has been won by members of the CU Horn Studio.

Alumni of the University of Colorado Horn Studio hold professional positions in orchestras and universities around the world, including Hong Kong Philharmonic, Jerusalem Symphony, US Army Bands, Montevideo Philharmonic (Uruguay), Amazon Philharmonic (Brazil), Glens Falls Symphony (NY), University of Wyoming, Denver Metropolitan State University, and many others.

Video

University of Colorado Horn Choir Plays Tchaikovsky Symphony 5, mvmt. 2 Andante Cantabile

Wednesday 10/23

Soloist is Senior Performance Major Rebecca Fathman with the CU Horn Choir and DMA Candidate Katherine Smith Conducting.

University of Colorado Horn Choir Stanhope Hornplayer's Retreat and Pumping Song

Wednesday 10/23

Performance at Boettcher Concert Hall on 10/18/2013. Michael Thornton, Conductor.