HornFest is an annual event including concerts, coaching and masterclasses. The event features well-known artists investing in students and a high school horn solo competition.
The TCU HornFest, established in 2009, is an annual celebration of all things horn, 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.
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 nine years, the TCU HornFest has had the great privilege of hosting inspiring and unforgettable performers such as David Cooper, Principal Horn of the Berlin Philharmonic, 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 tenth HornFest on April 8, 2018, the TCU Horn Studio will feature and host Jeff Nelsen, Professor of Horn at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Jeff is a highly sought after performer and clinician; he is the founder of Fearless Performance LLC but probably best known for his eight years as a recording and touring member of the Canadian Brass.