Academy Horn Major

Interlochen Arts Academy boarding high school offers student horn players a program of pre-professional music training and college preparatory academics. Horn students graduate well-prepared for the rigors of study at the university and conservatory level.

The horn major requirements include:

Private Lesson

This course focuses on the fundamental basic technique of the instrument, development of expression and musicality, solo and ensemble performance skills, knowledge of genres and musical styles and life skills necessary for future musical development.  Students are expected to practice a minimum of two hours a day on the assigned lesson materials.  Progress within the student’s potential is demonstrated in private lessons, studio class performance and the semester jury.  The student and instructor work towards specific short and long term goals including recitals, college auditions and career choices.

Text/materials needed:

Kopprasch, 60 Selected Studies for Horn (books 1 + 2)
Mueller, 34 Studies (books 1 + 2)
Rochut, Melodious Etudes for Trombone (book 1)
Kling, 40 Characteristic Etudes
Thompson Edition, The Orchestral Audition Repertoire for Horn: Comprehensive and Unabridged

Horn Studio

The Interlochen Arts Academy horn studio brings together talented students from all over the world to work and learn together at our campus located amidst the beautiful woods of Northwest Michigan.  Recent horn graduates from the Academy have gone on to continue their musical studies at such prestigious schools as The Juilliard School of MusicThe Curtis Institute of MusicThe Eastman School of MusicSouthern Methodist University, and Indiana University, among others.  At the Academy, students have opportunities to gain valuable experience participating in daily rehearsals/performances with large ensembles as well as chamber ensembles.  Horn students perform in exceptional ensembles that include Orchestra, Band, Brass Ensemble, Horn Ensemble and brass/woodwind quintets.

The horn studio focuses on preparing students for a successful performing future by holding frequent mock auditions, masterclasses, and solo performance opportunities.  Each horn student attends one weekly private lesson with our distinguished horn faculty, as well as a weekly two-hour masterclass/studio class that varies from excerpt study, guest artist performances, horn ensemble rehearsals and solo performance opportunities.  Horn students are taught professional and social etiquette in the music world, and are expected to graduate with a sense of what it takes to be a professional musician and a good colleague.

College Matriculation

An Academy education provides excellent preparation for continued studies at top universities and conservatories. Academy horn students regularly enroll in top music programs including:

  • Ball State University
  • Boston University School of Music
  • Cincinnati Conservatory of Music
  • Curtis Institute of Music
  • Eastman School of Music
  • Indiana University
  • Juilliard School Of Music
  • Lynn Conservatory
  • McGill University
  • Oberlin Conservatory
  • Ohio State University
  • Rice University
  • Southern Methodist University
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Southern California Thornton School of Music
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Trinity University

Student Honors and Awards

Ray Seong Jin Han, YoungArts Finalist
Kaci Cummings, YoungArts Honorable Mention
Caelan Stewart, YoungArts Merit Winner
Caelan Stewart, National Youth Orchestra Selection
Weston McCall, Juanita Miller Concerto Competition Finalist
Ray Seong Jin Han, Yamaha Young Performing Artist Winner
Ray Seong Jin Han, NEC Presidential Distinction Award

Markus Osterlund, 2013 Yamaha Young Performing Artist Competition First Prize Winner
Markus Osterlund, YoungArts Finalist
Markus Osterlund, Carnegie Hall's National Youth Orchestra selection
Caelan Stewart, 1st place at Michigan Federation of Music Clubs Brass Solo Competition
Caelan Stewart, Carnegie Hall's National Youth Orchestra selection
William Kovaleski, 1st place at Ohio Northern University "Horn Day" Solo Competition (High School division)

Andrew Du Comb, YoungArts Honorable Mention

Maureen Young, YoungArts Finalist
Jordan Miller, YoungArts Music Merit
Andrew Du Comb, Young Artist of the Year (in association with Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra)

Recent Guest Artists

William VerMeulen, horn faculty at Rice University and Principal Horn of Houston Symphony
Adam Unsworth, horn faculty at University of Michigan and former member of Philadelphia Orchestra
Gene Berger, Horn Faculty at Ball State University

Roland Pandolfi, horn faculty at Oberlin Conservatory
Gene Berger, horn faculty Ball State University

Julie Landsman, horn faculty at Juilliard School of Music and formerly principal horn of New York Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Peter Landgren, formerly associate principal of Baltimore Symphony and faculty member at Peabody Conservatory
Gabriel Kovach, principal horn of The Phoenix Symphony and Glimmerglass Opera

Video Lessons


Corbin Wagner

Instructor of Horn, Interlochen Arts Academy; Faculty, Interlochen Horn Institute