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The TCU HornFest, established in 2009, is an annual celebration of all things horn and takes place every spring semester under the direction of Heather Test, Professor of Horn. HornFest features world-renown horn pedagogues and performers and highlights the TCU Horn Ensemble while collaborating with the local community of horn students, teachers, and professional musicians.

TCU HornFest performance

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The event engages the horn player at every level by offering a High School Horn Solo Competition complete with comment sheets from professional horn players and teachers; a Participant Showcase Concert where horn ensembles of any age may perform for their friendly HornFest audience; a master class with the featured guest artist and winner of the solo competition; an exhibit hall full of accessories, new and used horns to test-play, and sheet music for purchase; a mass horn ensemble rehearsal and performance with our own TCU faculty and guest artist; in addition to providing the opportunity to hear a world-class recital given by the invited guest artists in PepsiCo Recital Hall.

For the past eleven years, the TCU HornFest has had the great privilege of hosting inspiring and unforgettable performers such as Denise Tryon of the American Horn Quartet and Professor of Horn at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, Jeff Nelsen of the Canadian Brass and Professor of Horn at Indiana University, Roger Kaza of the St. Louis Brass, David Cooper, Principal Horn of the Chicago Symphony and former Principal Horn of the Berlin Philharmonic and Dallas Symphony, Gail Williams, prolific horn soloist and chamber musician, Principal Horn of the Grand Tetons Music Festival Orchestra and former Associate Principal Horn of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Michelle Reed Baker of the Metropolitan Opera, legendary Hollywood studio and jazz musician Richard Todd and the RT Quartet, The American Horn Quartet, Thomas Bacon of Summit Brass, The Four Hornsmen of the Apocalypse, and the horns of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra.

For its twelfth HornFest on April 4 and 5, 2020 the TCU Horn Studio will feature Alexander Kienle of the Dallas Symphony and Chris Castellanos of the Boston Brass.

Thank you to our sponsors:
TCU School of Music, Houghton Horns, and TrumCor

Saturday, April 4, 2020
9:30 am Check-In
10:00 am-12:00 pm- High School Horn Solo Competition*
2:00 pm- Caruso with Kienle
3:00 pm- Masterclass with Alexander Kienle”
4:15 pm- Honors Horn Ensemble Coaching (HS soloists only)
4:45 pm- Mini-Mass Horn Ensemble Coaching (all Saturday participants)

Sunday, April 5, 2020
1:00 pm Participant Showcase*
2:00 pm Class with Chris Castellanos-  all Participants
3:15 pm Honors Horn Ensemble soundcheck
3:25 pm Mini-Mass Horn Ensemble soundcheck
3:30 pm SuperMASS Horn Ensemble Rehearsal
4:00 pm Exhibits and Pizza
5:00 pm HornFest Finale Concert featuring Chris Castellanos of the Boston Brass, the TCU Horn Ensemble, Honors Horn Ensemble, Guest Horn Ensemble, and the HornFest Mini-Mass and SuperMASS Horn Ensembles
*Participant Showcase is open to any hornist or ensemble who registers and emails Heather Test by March 27, 2020. There is a 5-minute limit for each entry.

Early Bird: $35, includes a t-shirt if registered by March 26
Regular: $35 no t-shirt included after March 26

High School Horn Solo Competition: $30 pre-screen recording due by midnight March 17, t-shirt and all Saturday afternoon events included. Comments and feedback provided upon request. Semi-finalists will be notified by March 20 and invited to compete April 4.

*Visit for competition rules and information

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For more information about TCU HornFest, contact:
Heather Test, Director