Horn Day

Horn Day is an annual festival at Western Michigan University open to anyone who is interested in learning more about the horn. This fun-filled event includes an entire day of horn activities, including a guest artist master class and recital, a solo competition, a recital by the WMU Horn Choir and WMU student soloists, and a chance for all participants to play in the Mass Horn Choir, which rehearses during the day and performs in the final concert.
Past guest artists include:
  • William Barnewitz, Principal Horn, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra
  • Michelle Reed Baker, Second Horn, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and faculty member at The Manhattan School of Music
  • Jeff Agrell, Horn Professor at the University of Iowa
  • Douglas Hill, Horn Professor at the University of Wisconsin–Madison
  • Karl Pituch, Principal Horn, Detroit Symphony Orchestra
  • Jesse McCormick, Second Horn, Cleveland Orchestra
  • Virtuoso Horn Duo (Kerry Turner and Kristina Mascher, Luxembourg Philharmonic and American Horn Quartet)
  • Bernhard Scully, Horn Professor at the University of Illinois (formerly with Canadian Brass and St. Paul Chamber Orchestra)
  • John Ericson, Horn Professor at Arizona State University
  • Cecilia Kozlowski, “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band
  • Jeff Nelsen, Horn Professor at Indiana University & President of International Horn Society (formerly with Canadian Brass)

Horn Day 2017: Saturday, February 11

Featured Artist: Leelanee Sterrett, New York Philharmonic

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Leelanee Sterrett, Third Horn of the New York Philharmonic, joined the Orchestra in June 2013. She was previously a member of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, and a regular substitute with the New York Philharmonic. Ms. Sterrett is also an alumna of The Academy, Carnegie Hall’s collective of young professionals and music advocates, and a former member of Ensemble ACJW.

A northern-Michigan native, Ms. Sterrett grew up in a musically enthusiastic family and attended Interlochen Arts Academy. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and a master’s degree from the Yale School of Music. Her primary teachers include William Purvis, Douglas Hill, and Julie Schleif. Ms. Sterrett has spent summers at the Tanglewood Music Center, the Pacific and Sarasota music festivals, the National Orchestral Institute, and the Banff Centre for the Arts. She is a past prizewinner in the International Horn Competition of America and the Yamaha Young Performing Artists Program.

Ms. Sterrett is also a member of Genghis Barbie, an all-female horn ensemble specializing in original arrangements of pop music from the 1970s through today. The group made its Carnegie Hall (Stern Auditorium) debut in 2012 as soloists with the New York Youth Symphony, and has released four albums. The five members of Genghis Barbie are in high demand not only as performers and educators, but as musical entrepreneurs, and have given numerous concerts and master classes nationwide.

all events take place in Dalton Center

12:30 p.m. Registration for Solo Competition participants
Perform your solo/ensemble piece or any other appropriate work for Ms. Sterrett and Dr. Foulk. One person will be selected from this competition to play in the masterclass later in the day and everyone will receive written comments. There are limited slots, so sign up soon!

1:30 p.m. General Registration, group warm-up and reading session

2:00 p.m. Small Group Workshops

3:00 p.m. Recital—WMU horn students

3:45 p.m. Mass Horn Choir Rehearsal (all participants)

4:30 p.m. Featured Artist Masterclass
Leelanee Sterrett, Third Horn, New York Philharmonic

5:45 p.m. Break
Sandwiches and snacks will be served to participants

6:30 p.m. Final Concert
Featured Artist Leelanee Sterrett
Lin Foulk, WMU Horn Professor
Western Horn Choir
Mass Horn Choir

• The registration fee (pay at the door) is $20 per participant, which provides food and helps sponsor the featured artist. Please make checks payable to “WMU”. The final concert requires no admission fee and is open to the public. Family members of participants may observe any part of the day free of charge.
• Public parking is available in the structure adjacent to Miller Auditorium free of charge.*
• Please bring your own instrument and mouthpiece. Music for the mass horn choir will be provided at the workshop. Please dress casually.
• Please contact Dr. Lin Foulk with any questions

So that we may plan for the amount of music needed for the day, please copy and send this form to Dr. Lin Foulk by February 1, 2017 (you’re still welcome to attend even if you miss this pre-registration deadline).

Name _______________________________________

Address _____________________________________

City/State/Zip ________________________________

Email _______________________________________

Phone _______________________________________

Age _________________________________________

School attending and grade level __________________


Name of band director and/or private teacher


How many years have you played horn?


Will you participate in the solo competition?

Please copy and send to:
Dr. Lin Foulk / Horn Day
School of Music
Western Michigan University
1903 W. Michigan Ave.
Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5434

or by email

Horn Day is made possible in part by a WMU horn studio endowment established by Robert R. and Ruth J. Fink.