College Symphony Orchestra in King Concert Hall



Marc Guy, Associate Professor, Brass Area Head

About the Area:

Fredonia is a great place to study the horn. Terrific learning and performance opportunities come together here to provide abundant possibilities for growth and development. The facilities are outstanding and the faculty is committed to creating an environment that is vigorous and supportive.

My mission is to prepare Fredonia’s horn students to be a dynamic force in the participation and creation of powerful, engaging musical experiences. Each semester features a mix of technical exercises, etudes, orchestral excerpts and solo literature to build your technique, provide experience with great horn literature, and help you prepare for the next step of your musical journey. Early emphasis is on creating a great sound and the building of basic technique as springboards to increasingly sophisticated concerns. We meet all playing problems head on and work together to overcome them.

The horn studio incorporates all the Fredonia music degree programs: performance, music education, sound recording technology, music therapy, music business and the applied major. Each student receives a weekly private lesson and participates in Recital Seminar, a masterclass and performance venue that alternates meetings of the horn studio with the larger brass area. Performance, applied, and music education students perform one or more solo recitals as capstone experiences in their final semesters, though there are many other opportunities for solo performance throughout the course of study.

We have outstanding orchestras and bands, and a variety of chamber music and non-traditional ensembles that draw from the rich musical mix that is part of the Fredonia environment. The horn studio is large enough to provide stimulating competition yet small enough to include lots of individual attention. Please contact me if you have any questions, or if I can help as you consider whether or not Fredonia might be the right place for you.


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