“Horn playing is easy – you just take a big breath and pucker your lips
and put your whole life through the horn.” – Lili Agrell (age 6)
Last Site Update:10-22-13
The University of Iowa Horn Studio Web Site!
Architect’s drawing of the new UI School of Music!
Congratulations to (former) UI Horn Studio TA Drew Phillips, who is the newly appointed instructor of horn and improvisation at Liberty University in Virginia starting Fall 2013! Drew is also a composer, and has recently turned out a series of terrific pieces for horn and piano.
UI Horn Studio DMA Student James Naigus was very busy at the Southeast Horn Workshop March 8-10 at Virginia Commonwealth University:
Composer in Residence (composer of “Primary Ignition” - required solo piece for the 1st round of the college solo competition; also adjudicator for this competition
Composer/performer of new horn quintet “Three Shades” (also playing: Patrick Smith, Kristin Smith, Paul Basler, David Jolley)
Composer/performer (on piano) of “Episodes” for horn & piano (with Paul Basler)
Performed his “Primary Ignition” on regional artist recital
Performed Paul Basler’s “Diversions” on regional artist recital
Performed (on piano) his “Reverie” on final recital (with Rick Todd and Annamia Larsson, horns)
U of Florida horn choir + the VCU horn choir played his “Two Pieces” and “Bells”
He also presented a new commission (“Beale Street” for horn quartet) at the 45th annual symposium of the International Horn Society in Memphis
[check out his new web site]
Jeffrey Agrell, Associate Professor of Horn
Besides information about horn studio of The University of Iowa,
the UI Horn Studio Web Site provides a set of annotated links to
web sites of interest to horn players everywhere.
It is the most comprehensive such site on the web!
It is designed
•to provide information for current and prospective students
•to further connection and information exchange with
high school players and band directors
•to list current events in the studio and in world of the horn playing (below)
•to bring quick access a plethora of interesting, amazing, and useful resources
for the horn student, amateur or professional player,
band director, music educator, trivia buff, or music researcher.
This web site has had over 110,000 visits since May 2009
We appreciate suggestions, additions, and corrections (e.g. dead links) from our visitors!
And questions: we love questions about anything horn or music-related.
New: Web Site for the University of Iowa Brass Area
Jeffrey Agrell’s Horn Blog:
Most recent post:
“The Arts are the cognitive base for thinking in abstraction” - M. Thaut
Jeffrey Agrell’s Other Blogs:
Improv Insights, Composition Insights
Check it out:
WHO PLAYS WHAT? - survey of equipment
Top Sites - Cross section of interesting links
NEW: Check out
The Veneklasen Horn
Veneklasen Horn Photo Gallery
Join the International Horn Society!
Get in on the action! Meet horn players around the country and the world!
Find out what's going on: people, places, events, equipment
2014 Midwest Horn Workshop
Will be held at the University of St. Thomas in St Paul, MN in October
Host: Sarah Schmalenberger
The 46th annual International Horn Society Symposium
will be held in London, England in August 2014
Host: Jonathan Stoneman
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